LENHAM PARISH COUNCIL
REPORT OF THE FINANCE & GENERAL PURPOSES COMMITTEE MEETING HELD IN THE COMMUNITY CENTRE
ON WEDNESDAY 15th NOVEMBER 2017 AT 8.45pm
Cllr. R Greenwood, Chairman presiding.
Cllrs. M Ballard, M Cockett, C Huggens, N Osborne & A Walmsley.
Mrs. M McFarlane. (Clerk & RFO)
- TO ACCEPT APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE
Cllrs. M Michaelas, P Scrivens, J Smith-Essex. (previous commitments)
- DISCLOSURES AND CONFIDENTIAL ITEMS ON THE AGENDA
No disclosures or confidential items on the agenda.
- ENVIRONMENT WORKS & PROJECT UPDATES
No project updates.
- ACCOUNTS – DRAFT BUDGET PREPERATION
Cllrs. discussed receipts for the 2017 -18 financial year, totalling £129,777 thus far, with a total year estimate of £139,438. It was noted that the Local Tax Support was no longer paid, and the Parish Service Scheme from Maidstone Borough Council is under review and if paid, may well be considerably less than the £8,080 paid this financial year. Cemetery income averages £3,500 annually.
The precept tax base for 2017 – 2018 is 1402.8 at £72 band D equates to £101,000. We are expecting an increase in the base figure due to new dwellings, possibly an added 24 rateable properties. We await the final base figure from Maidstone Borough Council early in the new year.
The payments made thus far are £72,552 and the estimated total is £129,913. A capital payment of £45,000 to purchase the Ham Lane Allotments is accounted for separately.
Cllrs. discussed expenditure on administration, and recommend £41,000 for 2018 -19.
The Neighbourhood Plan is progressing towards completion in 2018 and will require increased funding. The estimate for the plan is £35,000
Landscape works are estimated at £28,000 (including £5,000 allotments) The Landscape service contract has one more year before renewal or change of provider.
Maintenance costs are estimated at £28,500. Cllrs. will recommend retaining the services of Jen Contractors for WCs cleaning, litter & dog bin collection, (£12,000) which has worked well during the year. It was agreed the Village Handyman had proved a real asset in being able to attend to works promptly and the overall improvement to the village environment was significant. It will be recommended the handyman is retained (£10,000)
Projects for 2018 -2019 were identified and estimated at £11,500 as a continuation and completion of works undertaken during this financial year.
Contingency funds of £6,000 will be recommended.
- CORRESPONDENCE No correspondence received
The meeting closed at 10.15pm