The Parish Council has resolved to keep the precept level for 2018/19 unchanged, at £19,000.
Just over £14,000 of this is on largely non-discretionary items, including insurance, grass cutting (verges, playing fields, village green), the Clerk's salary/expenses, loan repayments, and electricity for street-lighting.
Of the remaining £5000, this has been provisionally allocated to:
- £2,500 for two additional streetlights: This is part of a planned three year programme to procure six additional lights to address the worst dark-spots in the village.
- £1,500 for speed calming measures: This is a provisional budget amount to allow the Parish Council to explore whether it could invest in measures to slow traffic on Skipwith Road - for example by procuring or leasing a vehicle activated speeding sign. However at the time of setting the budget, no firm decision has been made on this.
- £500 for general village maintenance: This is not specifically allocated, but recent years have included items such as tree maintenance, purchase of an additional dog waste bin, street light repairs and cleaning of the war memorial - and therefore a maintenance budget is considered appropriate.
- £400 for A19 verges: Much of the verge to the west of the A19 has not been maintained for several years. This looks messy, impedes sight lines around the corner, and creates debris blocking drains. There is some evidence that vehicles drive at slower speed through areas perceived to be villages. Quotes received suggest an initial £200 to clear the overgrowth, and then £20 per cut thereafter.