Neighbourhood Wardens – Have Your Say
Some of you may be familiar with the role of Neighbourhood Wardens as they have been in place for some time at Ashington, Steyning and Pulborough. Horsham District Council has now been in contact with all parishes in the District about the possibility of providing a one off grant towards the cost of these Wardens and this Parish Council is currently considering this offer. The proposal being put forward by HDC is for a payment of £30,000 towards the cost of a 2 person team for a 2 year pilot scheme with the remaining cost being funded by the Parish Council by way of increasing the council tax. The total cost is estimated at £110,000 so this would mean that each household in our Parish would have to pay an extra £17 per year from 2019. This would be in addition to any other increases that may be applied for other reasons by the District or County Council, Police, etc.
This subject was discussed at January’s Parish Council meeting where it was decided that the public should have a say about whether they are prepared to accept this increase in order to have Wardens. We will be hosting a presentation about the role of Neighbourhood Wardens at the Annual Parish Meeting on Wednesday 2nd May so please put this date in your diaries. We will then carry out a public vote.
I am pleased to announce that the Neighbourhood Plan has finally been approved by both Parish Councils and it is now subject to a final statutory consultation by HDC prior to examination. This consultation should now be underway and we anticipate that an examiner will be appointed shortly. Fingers crossed, you will have your chance to vote for the Neighbourhood Plan within the next few months.
Scams, Fraud & Rogue Traders Public Presentation
As reported last month, we have arranged to host a public presentation about the most prevalent scams including courier fraud, computer fraud and investment fraud. There will also be information about door to door rogue traders and how to get rid of them along with a short piece about Trading Standards. The Presentation will take place at the Parish Hall on Thursday 29th March at 7pm. Posters will be displayed around the village advertising the event so please tell anyone you think may be interested in attending.
Mobile Phone Signal
Since transmission commenced at the Leisure Centre in January there have been comments ranging from those singing the praises of the new mast to those we share expressing frustration that there has been no improvement.
As would be expected general indications are that signal to the West of the Village and North of the Leisure Centre has improved significantly although 4G is not always available. Good signal has also been reported in Village locations previously identified as not-spots including the library and car park, the length of the High Street and Old Mill Square and the car park. However there have been reports that signal does not reach as far as Browns Lane and other areas close to the centre.
Although at the outset the mobile providers acknowledged that the mast would not provide a complete solution for the signal problems suffered by the Community we consider it a good start and something on which to build. By the time of publication of this report we expect to have a greater understanding of the impact of the mast and although we are not intending to seek the in-depth feedback sought when originally preparing to canvass the mobile network providers, we would welcome individual feedback to help identify specific locations and areas still in need of improvement, including those to the East of the Village.
When providing feedback please remember that the mast only transmits signal for the 02 and Vodafone networks as we believe that some reports of there being no improvement may not relate to these networks.
Due to inflation and the rise in costs to provide services, it has been necessary to apply a nominal increase to the Parish Council element of Council Tax. This is the first time in several years that the precept has risen and the increase amounts to an average of £2.81 per household for the year.
If you would like further information on these topics or any of the Parish Council’s activities, please contact the Clerk on 01903 746547.
Meetings March 2018
- Infrastructure, Communications and Environment Committee – 7th March – 7pm
- Recreation and Property Committee – 7th March
- Planning and Development Committee 8th March – 7pm
- Parish Council Meeting 28th March – 7pm
All meetings are held in the Chanctonbury Room, The Parish Hall, Thakeham Road, Storrington RH20 3PP. Dates and times are subject to change so please refer to website: www.storrington-pc.gov.uk
By Anna Worthington-Leese – Parish Council Chairman