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Community Aid 19 Update

Getting through these last few months has really brought our community together and hopefully the spirit will continue, and we will be ready to face any challenges thrown at us in the future.

A BIG THANK YOU to all the volunteers and unsung heroes that have provided help to neighbours and the vulnerable during these challenging times.

From the 1st August, it is intended for Community Aid 19 to be scaled down now that the Government guidelines have been further relaxed and people are more able to do things for themselves; but should it be needed again, we will be ready to spring into action.

In the meantime stay safe, stay alert and please follow Government guidelines which can be found on their website www.gov.uk  

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As we have been unable to hold the Annual Parish Meeting this year which is usually the opportunity for residents to come forward with suggestions and ideas for the Council to consider; if anyone would like to put forward an idea or suggestion please do so, by e-mail to clerk@welton-by-lincoln-pc.gov.uk or letter to the Council at The Parish Office, 7 Lincoln Road (between the Black Bull and the Paper Shop).

Chairman’s Annual Report

I would normally be giving this report at the Annual Parish Meeting, usually held in May, but as large gatherings are currently not allowed, we most likely will have to wait until 2021 for the next one.

The Council meets on the second Monday of each month, except in August and most committees meet bi-monthly. We have 13 Councillor seats and in May of each year, the Chairman and Vice-Chairman are elected at the Annual Meeting of the Parish Council which differs to the Annual Parish Meeting which is for the Electors of the Parish. Again, we have not been able to hold this meeting either and legislation was passed to enable the Chairman to continue until next year.

We said a very sad goodbye to Cllr Eddie Reall, a serving member of the Council and Chairman of the Highways & Utilities Committee and to Malcolm Parish, a past member and Chairman who both passed away in February.

This year, up until lockdown, the Council held 34 Council and Committee meetings and in addition, Councillors have attended training courses, local events and represented the Council on committees of other organisations and groups in the village and with the County and District Councils.

As usual all the committees have been very busy throughout the year and a restructuring of these took effect from the 1st April 2020; the Publications & Heritage and Twinning Committees became the Heritage & Events Committee. The Environment and Highways & Utilities Committees were incorporated in the newly created Amenities & Services Committee. The Planning Committee was re-named the Planning & Development Committee and the Management & Audit Committee is now the Governance & Finance Committee.

The Council entered East Midlands in Bloom for the first time in 2019 and received a Silver Award, a real achievement. The In Bloom competition has been cancelled for this year, but you can still enjoy the floral displays which have a red, white, and blue theme to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of VE Day.

Unfortunately due to the Coronavirus pandemic the May Day Fair had to be cancelled. It is such a shame as we were co-ordinating events with the VE Day celebrations and had planned a Tea Dance with 40’s themed entertainment and an afternoon tea in the Village Hall.

West Lindsey Benefits Surgeries have been held in the Parish Office on Tuesday mornings and were well attended; hopefully, they will resume soon.

To commemorate the 125th Anniversary of the formation of the Parish Council, honorary titles were bestowed on Marlene Chapman and Malcolm Parish (prior to his passing) for their work in the community and it is hoped a celebration can be held as soon as we are able to.

I laid a wreath at the War Memorial on behalf of the village at the Remembrance Day service in November.

The lighting of the Christmas tree took place on the first Sunday of Advent with Revd Carol Jones, the recipient of the 2019 Community Award, turning the lights on. Councillors assisted in serving mulled wine and mince pies to residents.

The Council is served by the Parish Clerk Julie Murray, our newly appointed Administrative Assistant Caroline Barnett, Internal Auditor and Data Protection Officer Sandra Waller, and our Facilities Team Rob Lewis, Ken Moate, Sue Denton, Russ Howe, and Maurice Swinburn. Linda Blankley, our Deputy Clerk left us at the end of June as she and her family are moving near to the coast; we would like to thank her for the commitment she has given to the Council and Welton during the 2½ years she has been with us and wish her well for the future.

I would like to take this opportunity of thanking the Parish Council staff, Parish Councillors, our County and District Councillors and the many organisations and individual parishioners and volunteers who have supported us throughout the past year and in particular through these uncertain and unprecedented times. Let us hope that we can be as back to normal as possible very soon.

Cllr Alan Greenway
Chairman, Welton-by-Lincoln Parish Council

Financial Report 2019/2020

The Parish Council raises as a Precept, each year to finance the services it provides and improve the facilities it manages.

From September each year the Council and its committees meet and discuss future projects and spending requirements. An estimate of the precept for the following financial year is required by WLDC at the end of November, with the final demand being submitted by the end of January.

When setting the precept, members are mindful of making increases and implements cuts where possible; consideration is given to the services the Council has to deliver and they prioritise these very carefully. These include, but are not exhaustive:

  • Village maintenance – arranging grass cutting, painting benches & railings, litter picking and emptying litter bins, gritting and many other daily tasks
  • Staffing the Parish Office and employment of the facilities team
  • Managing the hire and maintenance of Manor Park Sports Club
  • Maintenance to the playing fields and play areas including the Skate Park
  • Operating the Library service and providing Community Hub events
  • Floral displays, Welton in Bloom and ways we can improve the environment

The Precept this year was £150,637. Income £42,794 including £9,821 of grant funding and contributions, with expenditure of £72,802. Monies in the bank and Ear Marked Reserves held at the year end total £194,660.

Income is generated from hiring out the facilities at Manor Park, Library services, sale of books and village maps, the provision of laminating and photocopying services, allotment rents and bank account interest.

The Council has received the following grants/contributions:

£8,160 Lincolnshire County Council Library – Revenue Grant

£1,661 Lincolnshire County Council Grass cutting contribution

Manor Park generated income of £30,689 from the hire of the 3G pitch, playing field, pavilion and bowls green. The costs for essential maintenance to the building, security, grounds, 3G pitch and bowls green was £27,365. £2,805 was spent on the maintenance and replacement of play equipment.

The Library & Community Hub had income of £436 from fines, printing, photocopying and the sale of donated books; Lincolnshire County Council has confirmed it will continue to pay the annual revenue grant of £5,167 for the foreseeable future. The Community Hub events have proved to be very popular and it is hoped they can resume as soon as possible.

The Environment Committee oversees the allotments which generated income of £285. The cost of the Christmas tree, purchase, erection and removal, putting up and taking down the lights and the provision of refreshments at the tree lighting was £1,018. Planting up and maintaining the floral displays cost £1,982 which includes the purchase of five new planters. Maintenance to trees and shrubs on public open space areas, additional work required to trees and strimming footpaths came to £6,727.

The Highways & Utilities Committee expenditure in the main has been £6,084 for grass cutting and grounds maintenance in the village and churchyard. The purchase and installation of new oak posts on the corner of Cliff Road cost £577.

The Publications & Heritage Committee paid for the printing of the Community Aid cards which were delivered to all households in Welton and Dunholme, very kindly arranged by Garry and Jo Crowther at The Paper Shop.

Councillors have incurred expenses totalling £211; covering the cost of training courses and travel expenses.

The Parish Council awarded £150 to the War Memorial Flower Fund and paid £266 for Public Liability insurance for the May Day Fair (which has now been refunded).

The Council appoints an internal auditor to assess the Council’s internal controls on a regular basis; covering procedures such as ensuring payments made have been signed off by the Council, contracts are correctly quoted and awarded, that the Council has adequate insurance and that financial risks to the Council are properly managed.

The accounts for 2018/2019 were signed off by the Internal and External Auditors and the notice displayed for the required period on the Parish Council Notice Board.

The precept for 2020/21 is £166,177. This represents a 10.32% increase or 20p per week for a Band D Property estimated on 2020/21 levels.

The work I and my team carry out continues to increase; in particular, this year co-ordinating the Community Aid project for Welton and Dunholme. Welton Parish Council is a very pro-active council; its members are all unpaid volunteers who want to make a difference to where they live.

I would like to thank the Chairman and Councillors for their continued support. I cannot do all this alone and take this opportunity of thanking Linda, my Deputy Clerk for all her hard work and support; unfortunately, she left us at the end of June to move with her family near to the coast. The facilities team have continued their hard work with a forever increasing list of jobs and for that I thank them.

Julie Murray, PSLCC
Clerk and Responsible Financial Officer

The Parish Office

The Parish Office is open Monday to Thursday 9.00am - 3.00pm and until midday on Fridays.

WLDC Benefits Surgery - Cancelled until further notice.

Julie Murray, PSLCC Telephone: 01673 860336

Clerk to the Council E-mail: clerk@welton-by-lincoln-pc.gov.uk