Community Governance Review – Please fill in the survey – SNDC view

The background is this…

There are 119 parishes in South Norfolk.  In 2015 only 19 held parish council elections, and many of those didn’t have elections in 2011, or 2007 either –  Bergh Apton is one of those parishes.

It’s not good for local democracy if those that govern us are not subject to election. Not only are many of our smallest parishes not elected, the proportion of the tax they raise that they spend on their own administration has got out of control.  In a small parish like Bergh Apton about 2/3 of the tax it raises is spent on the Clerk, Insurance – leaving just one third to be spent on the village.   If it was a charity it would be closed down, and Bergh Apton is not alone.

Now is the time to consider whether Bergh Apton and villages like it would be better served by joining together their Parish Councils.  There’s no question of removing the road signs and the village boundary would still exist.  It’s just that several parishes would club together to have a single Parish Council serving all of them.   Alpington and Yelverton have had a joint parish council for years.  Perhaps it’s time that Bergh Apton joined-up with neighbours too…

Ideally to get to about 1000 people instead of 300.   We need arrangements that are going to hold good for the NEXT 20 years that address the realisation that it’s difficult to get people to serve and to solve the problem of smaller parishes spending over half of their income on running costs.

South Norfolk is encouraging Parishes to think deeply about their future and want the initiative for any changed arrangement to come from them, a bottom up, not a top down process. Our consultation opens on 20 March and you can have your say by visiting

www.south-norfolk.gov.uk.

Due to the snap general election the consultation period has been extended for the South Norfolk Community Governance review. The deadline has now been moved back to July 12. The links to submit representations are below.

 

The first survey is for residents which will be put on our website

http://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/communitygovernancereview1/

 

 

If you have any queries please feel free to contact the team.

 

Kind regards,

County Council Elections 4 May 2017

The County Council elections are taking place on 4 May 2017.  You must be registered to vote by 13 April.  If you’re not already registered it’s quick and easy to do so, please visit www.gov.uk/register-to-vote.  If you would like to apply for a postal vote you must do this by 5pm on 18 April. Please visit www.south-norfolk.gov.uk/forthcoming-elections to apply for  postal vote and for further details on the elections.

 

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Re-Cycling

Rubbish is a big problem for our environment for a couple of reasons.

  1. We are running out of holes in the ground in which to tip it.
  2. We are going to run out of resources to make plastics etc.
  3. Many people are reluctant to deal with recycling their rubbish, preferring to leave it to someone else more expert.

To help those in that last camp, please follow the following link provided by South Norfolk District Council.

What you can and can’t recycle!

What and where

 

 

Yule Be Sorry

Walking the dog yesterday morning I noticed this pretty flower… which I’m told is a perrywinkle.
What is it doing flowering in December and will it be “sorry”?

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Periwinkle in December 2014