Increased costs for legal compliance
The cost of “running to stand still” will increase for Coldwaltham Parish council for the next financial year starting April.
The annual budget, which was agreed by councillors on 12th December last year, shows a whopping increase of 40% in fees for “External Audit” from £250 to £350. On top of this, costs for complying with the new General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) have been budgeted at £150 plus £48 for the clerk to attend a course. GDPR is affecting every single organisation in the country, public or private, with increased liability for ensuring that personal data is securely stored, protected and disposed of correctly. There are massive fines for breaches, which is why every organisation needs to properly prepare.
All in all, the council has to find another £300 just to comply with its legal obligations. All other items on the budget ran at around inflation or less, but there is a projected overall deficit of £240 – or about the cost of the increased compliance costs!
Parish Council website reported the following planning applications which were due for decision at around the time of going to press:
SDNP/17/04869 – Old Post Office Cottage, Watersfield – erection of a front boundary wall and replacement of storage tank to replace those previously destroyed in a vehicle accident.
SDNP/17/06313 – The Old Dairy, Watersfield – removal of existing shed and erection of replacement summerhouse/shed.
SDNP/17/06415 – Quintons, Sandy Lane, Watersfield – erection of pitched roof garden room to side of existing dwelling.
All applications may be seen on the South Downs National Park planning portal at www.southdowns.gov.uk/planning/
Forthcoming Parish Council Meeting
6th February , 7.30pm at the Oak Room, Lodge Hill Centre.
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