Haydon Wick Parish Council appreciates that 2020 was a challenging year for everyone because of the COVID-19 pandemic and changing priorities. Prudent management of budgets over the preceding years has stood us in good stead. In this coming financial year the key focus will be on consolidating our financial position. The Council remains optimistic for the future and seeks to support the whole of its community in meaningful and innovative ways.
In such a period of uncertainty, it has been important to carefully consider a budget that will enable the Parish Council to continue to deliver a range of initiatives benefitting the residents including enhancing our play parks, good management of allotments, maintenance our open spaces, and ensuring our teams have the equipment and facilities they require to operate efficiently, including a suitable depot for the Parks & Open Spaces service delivery.
The COVID-19 restrictions saw an increase in the use of open spaces and the importance of looking after our mental health and wellbeing. The Parish Council manages 24 play parks and many more open spaces, and these have been essential in supporting our residents during the periods of lockdown and restrictions. The completion of the Haydonleigh Skatepark was achieved despite many difficult challenges and there are plans to refurbish at least two more play parks in 2021/22.
The Parish Council remains fully committed to delivering all our services and this precept will also see the introduction of many more community activities, such as a Dementia Café and a mental health and youth development programme.
The financial uncertainty that many of our residents face has been at the forefront of our minds as we set the precept. At the Full Council meeting on 26th January 2021 the precept was agreed to be £94.51 per year which is an increase of £3.28 per year for a Band D property.
The Chairman of the Council, Councillor Linda Brown said “This year’s budget was carefully put together and robustly scrutinised by all members of the Council. The precept of £94.51 per year represents value for money when considering what it delivers for all sectors of our community. Not least by expanding our service provision with more community development and youth engagement programmes, and the continued enhancement of our open spaces and play parks. We hope everyone can see the passion and commitment of the Parish Council as we continue to strive to develop our community”.
For full details of the budget and the precept visit www.haydonwick.gov.uk.