MOUNTSORREL PARISH COUNCIL/ WAR MEMORIALS TRUST
ST PETER’S PRE-SCHOOL (T/A EARLY YEARS PRE-SCHOOL LIMITED)
Following the meeting of the Parish Council on Monday 9 April 2018 and the subsequent meeting of the Memorial Centre Committee held on Tuesday 17 April 2018, the Council and the War Memorials Trust agreed to issue a joint statement on the decisions made by the Memorial Centre Committee regarding the use of the Memorial Centre by the St Peter’s Pre-School.
The Parish Council and representatives of the War Memorials Trust have taken into account all the representations received from the local community in relation to the operation of the Memorial Centre which includes the principle of the Memorial Centre being self-funding to reduce the burden on the Council Precept and the occupation of the Centre by the St Peter’s Pre-School.
The Council and the War Memorials Trust re-affirmed its commitment to the provision of a quality pre-school within the Parish for the benefit of local parents and children and therefore the Council has made the following decisions:
- To consider all options for the future provision of long-term pre-school facilities within the multi-purpose Memorial Centre
- To liaise with all the appropriate agencies
- That St Peter’s Pre-School continue to be accommodated in the Memorial Centre until the end of the academic year 2017/18
- That the Parish Council would use its best endeavours to advise residents on the outcome of its review by the end of May 2018.
19 April 2018.
MOUNTSORREL PARISH COUNCIL
2018/19 BUDGET AND PRECEPT
As residents are due to receive their Council Tax Demands for 2018/19, the Parish Council would like to take this opportunity to explain the reasons for the increase in the Parish Precept.
The onset of the Localism Act and the impact of the austerity measures on both the County and District Councils are already resulting in changes to our community including ways in which some services are to be delivered in the future. These austerity measures have resulted in your local Parish Councils being requested to assume responsibility for more and more local services. For example, library and youth services.
The Council has also had to address its policy of the previous 5 years of using its reserves to support its budget and thereby minimising the rise in the precept. It now needs to rebuild those reserves to levels that are recommended by the Audit Commission. In the past five years the Council has withdrawn over £312,500 from its general reserves to support the Council’s budget.
The Council will, however, continue to seek grants to subsidise improvement projects and to reduce the impact on the precept as well as managing our costs and ensuring best value for money.
The main factors considered by the Council in taking its decision were as follows:
- The operation and management of the new Memorial Centre
- The operation and management of the Mountsorrel Library
- The projected project costs for the Halstead Road improvements and provision of additional allotments
- The additional support of youth services via the Sorrel Youth Café
- Contingency arrangements for any upcoming elections
- General reserves
- Increases in staffing and subsequent impact due to rises in minimum wage and pension legislation
The main budget expenditure is broken down as follows:
Cemetery, Conservation and Environment – £65,400
Recreation and Amenities – £174, 520
Planning and Highways – £25,000
Council – £141,150
Library – £27,220
War Memorials Fields Trust – £21,500
Memorial Centre – £116,450
The effect of the budget has resulted in the precept for 2018/19 increasing to £543,970. The effect of this increase on a Mountsorrel Council Tax payer (Band “D” equivalent) would be an increase in the annual sum paid to fund the Parish Council from £75.99 to £199.85. This increase for a Band “D” Council Tax payer equates to approximately £0.55p per day.
The objectives of the Parish Council have always been to improve the lives of the local residents by providing good quality local facilities as is evidenced by the completion of the new Memorial Centre and by endeavouring to assist with retaining essential services, for example, the Library.
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Mountsorrel has a population in excess of 8,000 and is ideally situated for commuting due to the close proximity to major road networks.
There is a well established primary school in the village along with several pre-school nurseries and playgroups.
The War Memorial is situated on Castle Hill in memory of those who fell in the world wars, along with the Peace Garden on Leicester Road where the poppy wreaths remain throughout the year.
There are several open spaces in Mountsorrel, including play areas, conservation areas, common land, basketball court, skateboard ramps and a BMX track.
The village benefits from two doctors surgeries and a dentist.
The Parish Office, 2a Little Lane, Mountsorrel, Loughborough, Leicestershire LE12 7BH
Tel 0116 2303809
Parish Clerk – Ms Lorraine Davies
Admin Assistant – Ms Jane Wainwright
Office open hours: Monday – Wednesday 9am – 11am*
*please be aware that at times our staff may be elsewhere in the village or at meetings.