Mayor’s Annual Report 2016-17

MAYOR of PONTELAND

ANNUAL REPORT 2016/17

27 March 2017

Carl Rawlings

CONTENTS:

1. INTRODUCTION

2. SUMMARY

2.1 Vision and Aim
2.2 Partnership Working

3. WHAT WE DO

3.1 Councillors and Staff
3.1.1 Ponteland Town Council Status and Role
3.1.2 Website
3.2 Government Consultation and Legislation
3.3 Youth Work
3.4 Community Cleaning
3.5 Community Halls
3.6 Ponteland Park
3.7 Millennium Bridge
3.8 Environment Working Party
3.9 Pont News & Views
3.10 Ponteland Neighbourhood Planning Steering Group
3.11 Grants
3.12 Play Areas
3.13 Highways Working Party
3.14 Planning Committee
3.15 Development in Ponteland
3.16 Redevelopment off Thornhill Road
3.17 Ponteland Library
3.18 Meritorious Service Award
3.18.1 Bruce Grant
3.19 Bus Service

4. THE BUDGET

5. PRESTWICK CEMETERY

6. EVENTS

7. CONCLUSION

7.1 Future Uncertainty
7.2 Complaints and Support
7.3 Thanks

Appendix A PTC Councillors and Staff
Appendix B PTC Committees / Working Parties
Appendix C PTC Representatives on Local Organisation
Appendix D PTC Budget for 2016 / 17 and 2017 / 18
Appendix E Highways Working Party achievements
Appendix F Environment Working Party achievements

1. INTRODUCTION

This is the ninth year that Ponteland has been a Town Council and I have pleasure in presenting the Mayor’s Annual Report for 2016/17.

The annual report to the electors provides the opportunity to summarise the work over the last year. The report will be on the website and printed copies are available. I will expand on some items that may be unknown to electors even though the content will be familiar to the Town Councillors.

Ponteland Town Council (PTC) has 12 Councillors, 3 for each Ward of North, South, East and West. A person is a Town Councillor for 4 years. There will be local government elections on 4 May. Six of the current Town Councillors are standing for re-election and six are stepping down. There will be more on this later in the report.

In May, the 12 Town Councillors decide who will be the Mayor for the following year. I became Mayor in May 2014. I thank my colleagues because it has been an honour to be Mayor. It is a busy role. You meet many nice people and deal with many issues.

Town Councillors are unpaid volunteers and they all have the interests of Ponteland at heart. Councillors ensure that decisions are taken democratically by consensus or by vote.

Council decisions are implemented by paid staff and Ponteland benefits from having very good and loyal Town Council staff. There are four staff – one is full time, 3 are part time and their combined hours equate to 2.6 full time equivalent. The staff action a range of tasks within an overall financial responsibility of around £500,000.

2. SUMMARY

2.1 Vision and Aim

To provide support and value for money services for the residents of Ponteland. The Council promotes pride in Ponteland and encourages the residents of Ponteland to take part in making Ponteland a place where we all want to live.

2.2 Partnership Working

Much of our work is carried out with others. This includes work in Ponteland Park (with the Friends of Ponteland Park), Community Cleaning (with the County Council), Youth Work at the High School, with Ponteland Community Partnership (on Pont News & Views) and with the Darras Hall Estate Committee (for the bridlepath and speed monitors).

This year there has been a collaborative approach on replies to major consultations with the Civic Society, Ponteland Green Belt group, the PCP and Ponteland’s County Councillors.

We also give small grants to several local organisations that are listed in Section 3.11.

A major involvement for PTC is the Northumbria in Bloom competition. Ponteland won a Gold award again in 2016, making it five consecutive years. Congratulations to our Environment Working Party and best wishes for Ponteland in the Britain in Bloom competition in 2017.

Some residents plant flowers and shrubs at corners and junctions. Thanks go to those residents who have brightened up the landscape and we appreciate the support of local businesses too.

3. WHAT WE DO

3.1 Councillors and Staff

The Town Clerk and staff carry out mandatory functions required by law such as the production of agenda, minutes and public accounts. Added to these functions are the daily tasks which make Ponteland a good place to live. A few examples are:
(i) Litter picking/Dog waste bins,
(ii) Gritting of Merton Way, Broadway and other key paths.
(iii) Some grass cutting (on Coates Green and the Park),
(iv) Environmental activities (such as removal of graffiti and repair of damage)
(v) Allotments
(vi) Play areas and skate park
(vii) Maintenance of Ponteland Park
(viii) Christmas Lighting
(ix) Public Conveniences at Thornhill Road
(x) Prestwick Cemetery

3.1.1 Ponteland Town Council Status and Role

Northumberland has 148 Parish and Town Councils and Ponteland is one of only 5 Councils in the County to have achieved Quality Approved and Accredited status.

Ponteland is one of the bigger Councils serving approximately 11,000 residents. During the year we have over 60 meetings through our Committees, Working Parties and Council. Meetings require agendas, minutes and working documents as well as the implementation of decisions. There are also a number of ad-hoc meetings. In addition, the Council tries to send a representative to outside bodies that influence life in Ponteland such as the Airport Consultative Committee, Merton Hall and the Memorial Hall. The organisations are listed in Appendix C.

The Town Council holds a full meeting of Councillors on the second Wednesday of every month. Before the meeting starts there is a public question time where written questions are answered. The public are welcome to attend meetings of the full Council, our Planning Committee and Cemetery Committee.

Quite often, residents ask for clarification on what is a Town Council responsibility and what is a County Council responsibility. PTC is not the decision maker on Highways, Schools, Health, Education and Social Services. These services plus many others are the responsibility of Northumberland County Council (NCC).

3.1.2 Website

The PTC duties are listed on our website and the address is: www.ponteland-tc.gov.uk
The site includes Councillors details, minutes and agendas, copies of Pont News and Views, a list of local organisations, budgetary details and news. There is also a contact page which is well used. Thanks go to the staff for their work on updating the website.

3.2 Government Consultations and Legislation

This year has been dominated by consultations and planning applications. PTC replied to all consultations and we always met the deadlines. Examples at a Northumberland County level are our comprehensive responses to the Core Strategy, the Ponteland Supplementary Planning Document and to several major outline planning applications for building on the Green Belt. PTC supports the prioritisation of developing brownfield sites. PTC and thousands of Ponteland people have objected in particular to three outline planning applications but NCC are “minded to approve”. PTC (together with several other organisations) has therefore written to the Secretary of State for the Department of Local Government and Communities asking for these applications to be “called in for determination” by the Secretary of State.

A very big thank you is due to those who have worked so hard on so many responses to planning applications. It has been an unparalleled year for planning in the history of PTC.

3.3 Youth Work

Youth work continues in Ponteland and activities range from “Lunch Time Drop In” sessions to trips and sports evenings. Regrettably, there have been some cases of anti-social behaviour in Ponteland that have necessitated increased monitoring by the Police. Looking ahead, there will be closer involvement with the Police and other organisations in Ponteland to tackle such unwelcome behaviour in our community.

3.4 Community Cleaning

The main responsibility for the general cleanliness of the Community (grass cutting, litter removal, graffiti removal, etc) lies with the County Council. However in order to augment this work PTC has spent over £16,000 on litter, dog waste collection and additional grass cuts from NCC.

We have a working relationship with the NCC Neighbourhood Services Team but litter is a recurring problem and we need help to reduce its impact. The assistance of several residents including Geoff Heslop and Muriel Sobo in picking up litter is greatly appreciated. PTC has grown the number of litter picker volunteers to around 12 and this helps to improve the quality of life in Ponteland. More volunteers are still welcome.

Fly Tipping is a problem and there is a contact on the NCC website home page called “Fly Tipping”. Please report any dumping of bags, commercial waste or rubble to this website.

3.5 Community Halls

Village Halls provide cohesion to the community and there are a number of Community Halls such as Dalton and the Memorial Hall. PTC provides cash support to these two Halls and in addition, Councillors Butcher, Cowey and Ramsay are on the Committee of the Memorial Hall.

Merton Hall is self financing and continues to grow its income. Trustees include Councillor Greenwell who is the Treasurer and Hall Manager, plus Councillors Rawlings and Mrs Thompson. Merton Hall has a Committee that runs day to day operations and the Hall has around 50 volunteers.

Ponteland also benefits from four self-funding Church halls – St Mary’s, the URC, St Matthews and the Methodist Church.

3.6 Ponteland Park

Maintenance of the Park has continued to benefit from the help of the Friends of Ponteland Park (FOPP). Ponteland Park is our major asset and continual investment is required to maintain this much loved facility.

3.7 Millennium Bridge

In Ponteland Park the Millennium Bridge has been updated with new railings and a different colour scheme. The Bridge was re-opened on 29 March 2017. Thanks go to Councillor Ramsay and colleagues for overseeing this project.

3.8 Environment Working Party (EWP)

The Environment Working Party improves Ponteland’s appearance. Great efforts are made with floral displays and the 2016 display was special leading to a Gold Award in Northumbria in Bloom – for the 5th consecutive year. Thanks go to Councillor Joyce Butcher who co-ordinates the Council’s entry and also to our contractors, Iain Clough, Michael Champion, Jim Scott, Derek Sherlock, our Town Clerk Kath Mavin and the Chair of the Working Party, Councillor Robin Ramsay and members of the Working Party. The next target is the Britain in Bloom competition in 2017.

3.9 Pont News & Views

Pont News and Views (PNV) is a popular publication. It is self financing and distributed to all residents. We congratulate Chris Jennings, the Editor who runs PNV.

3.10 Ponteland Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group

This group has been meeting for 4 years and it has consulted residents in order to develop a Neighbourhood Plan for Ponteland. PTC thanks all the volunteers in the Steering Group especially Alma Dunigan and Will Moses, the Chair and Deputy Chair of the Group.
A Plan will be ready soon for evaluation by an Independent Planning Examiner before a Ponteland Referendum is held on the Plan.

3.11 Grants

Each year PTC allocates a small amount of money to help local organisations in their work in Ponteland. Recipients of the grants in 2016-17 include:

Ponteland Youth Service
Holy Saviour Church Milbourne
Ponteland Repertory Society
Community Action Northumberland
Ponteland Rugby Club
Ponteland Rotary Club
Dalton Village Hall
Great North Air Ambulance
Ponteland Memorial Hall
Ponteland Community Partnership
Darras Hall Estate Committee

3.12 Play Areas

PTC is responsible for Play areas at Callerton Lane, Twizell Place and Guardians Court. At the time of writing, PTC is awaiting further news from NCC about the future of the skate park and play area on Callerton Lane where PTC holds a long term lease. NCC is minded to develop the area.

3.13 Highways Working Party (HWP)

Poor road surfaces remain a main area of complaint by residents and the Highways Working Party continues to lobby NCC to implement measures to improve roads in Ponteland. The NCC Highways Department claims a shortage of cash and Middle Drive was only partially resurfaced in 2016. Potholes remain a big problem and subject of complaint in Ponteland.

We continue to monitor traffic movement via the CCTV system which is used regularly by the police. We also have Speed Indicator Signs to remind motorists that there is a speed limit on local roads. The HWP has increased the focus on speeding in Ponteland through the installation of additional Speed Indicator Display Signs (SIDS).

Car parking is an issue of increasing concern in Ponteland. It is clear that additional building in the village area has not been matched by additional car parking provision. Furthermore, Ponteland’s proximity to Newcastle Airport has led to some abuse of our free parking spaces. The HWP monitors abuse of parking in Ponteland and is liaising with NCC over enforcement.

There are major plans to improve parking in the Merton Way area and Councillors Richard Dodd and Christine Greenwell are heavily involved in the project.

The HWP is an active group and it benefits from the attendance of an NCC officer at meetings. Thanks are due to Councillor Christine Greenwell for chairing the HWP and to Jeanette Dodd, the Deputy Clerk for administering the work.

3.14 Planning Committee

The PTC Planning Committee meets every two weeks. The number of planning applications that the Town Council is consulted on is increasing as the amount of development in Ponteland grows. Ponteland has a high number of planning applications averaging 198 per annum over 6 years. Our Planning Committee examines each application seriously, only making objections with material planning considerations. Over the last six years, PTC’s objection rate is 7.5%.

YEAR APPLICATIONS CONSULTED OBJECTIONS BY PTC REFUSED BY NCC
2011 183 16 5
2012 194 9 3
2013 185 12 6
2014 205 21 5
2015 210 10 3
2016 216 22 9
UPDATE AVERAGE PER YEAR 198 15 (7.5% of applications) 5 (2.5% of applications)

Residents are reminded that Ponteland Town Council is a Planning Consultee and it is not the Planning Authority. PTC does not make the planning decision. PTC observes comments and sometimes objects but NCC decides.

3.15 Development in Ponteland

Development is a concern for many residents who believe that protection of the Green Belt is a very important issue. This is demonstrated by the number of signs in Ponteland. Residents continue to reply to NCC consultations in large numbers and protection of the Green Belt features strongly in public meetings and submissions.

In March 2017, NCC’s Strategic Planning Committee decided that they were “minded to approve” 3 outline planning applications in Ponteland despite overwhelming numbers of objectors compared to supporters. This is illustrated by the information on the Northumberland County Council public access portal as at 23/3/17 shown below with the relevant planning application reference number:

16/04408/OUT Land West of Cheviot View BANKS

Objections 972
Support 7

The Ponteland Town Council objection was listed on the NCC portal on 16/1/17

16/04576/CCD Ponteland Leisure centre

Objections 460
Support 3

The Ponteland Town Council objection was submitted to NCC on 2 February 2017 but has still not been listed on the public access portal

16/04672/OUTES Dissington Garden Village

Objections 443
Support 262
Neutral 3

The Ponteland Town Council objection was submitted on 3 February 2017 but has still not been listed on the public access portal

Most residents are scathing in their criticism of NCC’s plans. PTC and thousands of Ponteland people have strongly objected to these three outline planning applications. As NCC are however “minded to approve” PTC (along with other local groups) has written to the Secretary of State for the Department of Local Government and Communities asking for these applications to be “called in for determination” by the Secretary of State.

NCC consulted on a change from 3 tiers to 2 tiers of education in Ponteland schools but despite a heavy public preference for 3 tiers to be retained, a new 2 tier campus is planned for Callerton Lane. PTC is very concerned about the effect of traffic on the infrastructure in Callerton Lane. Ponteland Middle School, rated as outstanding by OFSTED, will continue on its current site in Callerton Lane.

Ponteland is a very popular area with developers. Over 600 additional dwellings (including the Police HQ site) have already been built or approved to be built in the Town Council area since April 2011.

The Town Council states that Ponteland’s infrastructure has not kept pace with the growth in housing numbers. Despite the Town Council’s protestations, NCC have increased the planned numbers of additional dwellings for Ponteland from 640 to over 3000.

NCC’s Core Strategy is dated from 2011 – 2031 but it remains unfinished and is a big concern to Ponteland people. Local residents fear that the population of Ponteland will double as will the number of vehicles using roads that are already in poor condition.

Development in Ponteland remains the number one concern and topic of conversation amongst residents and many find the subject to be depressing and unsettling.

Altogether, the PTC Planning Chairman, Councillor Sue Johnson, the Administrative Assistant Caroline Thompson and the rest of the Committee deserve congratulations for their dedication in responding to the increasing number of planning applications.

3.16 Redevelopment off Thornhill Road

Richard Coates Middle School will become a primary school and at the time of writing, it is expected that part of the Coates site will be vacated and may become a development site.

3.17 Ponteland Library

PTC asked NCC if a library could be retained on the site off Thornhill Road and if offices could be built for PTC to rent from NCC on that site. NCC however moved the library from its site off Thornhill Road to a temporary home within the Leisure Centre on Callerton Lane in 2016. The move met with criticism from the local community and PTC now has no current plans to move from its current location at Meadowfield.

3.18 Meritorious Service Award

The effort required to make Ponteland a success cannot be achieved by the Council alone. PTC thanks all those residents who put in time as individuals or through organisations to enrich the quality of life in Ponteland. Each year a meritorious service award is made. In the Council office, there is a board that lists the recipients of the Council’s Meritorious Service Award and it is time to add a new name for this year.

3.18.1 Bruce Grant

This year the Council’s Meritorious Award goes to Bruce Grant for his outstanding fundraising work for good causes. Bruce has campaigned in all weathers for many years and he has raised thousands of pounds – over £50,000 – for worthy charities. It therefore gives the Town Council great pleasure in presenting this small token of appreciation to Bruce Grant

3.19 Bus Service

PTC has renewed support for a night time bus service to Ponteland on a Saturday evening. We are doing this in conjunction with Stamfordham, Hexham and Matfen Parish Councils. This financial support has been extended by one year and then the subject will be reviewed again. Numbers using the service have increased in 2016 and the old adage of “use it or lose it” still applies in bus services.

4. The Budget

PTC works hard to minimise the increase in local precept. The percentage increases in the last six years have been limited to: 2.9%, 3.0%, 2.8%, 2.0%, 2% and 2% again. These low percentages have been achieved despite some responsibilities such as cemeteries and toilets being transferred from the County to the Town Council.

For a band E household, the PTC part of the precept has moved from £77.21 to £86.79 – an increase of only £9.58 over six years. This demonstrates our commitment to delivering value for money services.

The budget precept for 2016/17 was £380,587 and in 2017/18 it will be £394,517
Details of the budget breakdown are included in Appendix D.

5. PRESTWICK CEMETERY

The running of Prestwick Cemetery became PTC’s responsibility in 2013. PTC pays NCC a service level agreement for some work in the Cemetery but in addition, certain activities such as hedge cutting and minor improvements are carried out by PTC. Since PTC took over responsibility we have had good reports from residents and we monitor the service and pricing offered by other authorities.

For information there are on average 14 burials a year at the Cemetery and 5 burials of cremated remains. There are also on average 4 burials in the woodland section each year.

The cemetery is self financing and it is run at no extra cost to Ponteland precept payers. We have budgeted for a significant improvement in the design and layout of the cemetery and work is due to start on 1 April. Thanks are due in particular to Councillor Ramsay for his work in relation to the Cemetery.

6. EVENTS

There have been a number of memorable events during the year and these ranged from prize giving events for gardeners and students to fund raising concerts.

It is evident that Ponteland people are turning out for events and in record numbers too.

• On New Year’s Eve, fireworks in the village pulled in the numbers and on 1 January, Ponteland’s annual wheelbarrow race was witnessed by a large crowd and the winner’s name was added to the Display Board in the Council office.

• In April, the Beer Festival attracted around 2500 people – up 500 from the previous year.

• Big attendances were reported for Party in the Park and Music in the Park in June and at the Rotary’s Duck Race in August.

• This was followed in November by a Remembrance service and refreshments in the Memorial Hall for around 500 attendees.

CONCLUSION

7.1 Future Uncertainty

Looking ahead, there a number of matters for PTC and Ponteland residents to monitor in the coming months:
:
• NCC’s Education and Leisure proposal
• NCC’s Core Strategy and plan for Ponteland
• Several major outline planning applications
• A referendum on the Neighbourhood Plan

7.2 Complaints and Support

There are a number of issues that recur as complaints. We ask local residents for their continued support please in avoiding:
• litter, speeding, inconsiderate parking, parking on verges and pavements and unauthorised overnight parking

and, we thank and ask for the continued support of residents please in promoting:
• greenery in frontages and hedges and colours in borders

7.3 Thanks

In summary, what we achieve is the result of work by all Councillors, particularly those who chair a committee or working group and I would like to thank all our unpaid, volunteer Councillors. It is a 4 year appointment and at times it takes some courage, so I thank you all.

Attendance has been generally very good and a particular thank you goes to Christine Caisley, Christine Greenwell and Robin Ramsay who have achieved a 100% attendance record at full Council meetings.

A big acknowledgement must go to our dedicated office staff, namely, Kath Mavin our Town Clerk, Jeanette Dodd, our Deputy Town Clerk, Caroline Thompson our Administrative Assistant and Bev Wales, our Receptionist.

Last but not least are our Contractors, Iain Clough, Michael Champion, Jim Scott and Derek Sherlock whose work is appreciated by everyone in Ponteland. We are often told by residents how nice the displays look.

I speak for all the Councillors when I say a very big THANK YOU to everyone for all your hard work and dedication.

Finally, this meeting is the final full Council meeting for 6 Town Councillors. Robin Ramsay and Joyce Butcher have served 14 years, Liz Thompson 10 years, Peter Cowey and me about 8 and Lesley Noble 4 years. It sounds like a long sentence for some and that Lesley got out early for good behaviour. But seriously, very well done to you all for all the time, thought, care and dedication you have given to your role.

No doubt we will all miss PTC very much.

We wish those Councillors who are continuing and the new Councillors who will start in May every happiness and success.

Carl Rawlings
27 March 2017

APPENIDX A PONTELAND TOWN COUNCILLORS and STAFF

TOWN COUNCILLORS

South Ward
Councillor Carl Rawlings (Mayor)
Councillor Robin Ramsay
Councillor Peter Cowey

North Ward
Councillor Richard Dodd
Councillor Christine Greenwell
Councillor Adam Shanley

East Ward
Councillor Sue Johnson
Councillor Christine Caisley
Councillor Lesley Noble

West Ward
Councillor Liz Thompson
Councillor Joyce Butcher ( Deputy Mayor)
Councillor Alan Varley

STAFF

Clerk to the Council
Kathleen Mavin

Deputy Clerk
Jeanette Dodd

Administrative Assistant
Caroline Thompson

Receptionist
Bev Wales

APPENDIX B PTC COMMITTEES / WORKING PARTIES

ENVIRONMENT WORKING PARTY (Monthly)
Councillor R Ramsay (Chair)
Councillor J Butcher
Councillor C Caisley
Councillor C Greenwell
Councillor S Johnson

HIGHWAYS COMMITTEE (Monthly)
Councillor C Greenwell (Chair)
Councillor R G Ramsay
Councillor R Dodd
Councillor L Noble
Councillor A Varley

PLANNING COMMITTEE (Fortnightly)
Councillor S Johnson (Chair)
Councillor C Caisley
Councillor C Greenwell
Councillor L Noble
Councillor L Thompson
Councillor A Varley

ACCOUNTS COMMITTEE (Ad-hoc)
Councillor C Rawlings
Councillor J Butcher
Councillor P Cowey
Councillor C Caisley
Councillor R Dodd
Councillor C Greenwell
Councillor S Johnson
Councillor R Ramsay
Councillor E Thompson
Councillor A Varley

CEMETERY COMMITTEE (Quarterly)
Councillor C Rawlings (Chair)
Councillor C Caisley
Councillor P Cowey
Councillor C Greenwell
Councillor R Ramsay
Councillor A Shanley

Continued APPENDIX B PTC COMMITTEES / WORKING PARTIES

MUSIC IN THE PARK WORKING PARTY (Ad-hoc)
Councillor R Ramsay(Chair)
Councillor C Rawlings
Councillor Mrs J Butcher
Town Clerk K Mavin
Members of Rotary and Lions

Footpath Users Group

Councillor R G Ramsay (Chair)
Mr Alan Mitcham
Mr Christopher Winks
Mr Alan Varley
Mrs Katherine Guellard
Mrs Julie Tuck
Mr Malcolm McKenzie
Mrs Sue Johnson
Mr Peter Simpson
Mr Derek Deans
Mrs Fiona Price
Mr John Colin Braithwaite
Mr Peter Bailey
Ms Juliet Phipps
Mr David Gambles DHEC
Mr Tim Fish

Bus Users Group

Mr David Gambles Ponteland resident and bus user
Mr Ian Coe Transport Support Manager NCC
Mr Robin Knight Commercial Director (Stagecoach Buses)
Mr Malcolm Bell (Stagecoach Buses)
Councillor Robin Ramsay

APPENDIX C PTC REPRESENTATIVES ON LOCAL ORGANISATIONS

Merton Hall Recreation Centre Trustees
Councillor Mrs C Greenwell (Treasurer) Please note Mrs Greenwell is not a PTC rep on Merton Hall
Councillor Carl Rawlings (Vice Chairman)
Councillor Mrs E Thompson

Ponteland Memorial Hall Committee
Councillor Mrs. J Butcher

Richard Coates Education Foundation
Councillor Mrs C Greenwell

Newcastle Airport Consultative Committee
Councillor Mrs. J Butcher

Northumberland Association of Local Councils (NALC)
Councillor C Rawlings

Northumberland County Council Parish Liaison Group
Councillor C Rawlings

Ponteland Community Partnership
Councillor R G Ramsay (who will represent Councillor Rawlings)

Pont News and Views Editorial Group
Councillor R G Ramsay
Town Clerk K Mavin

Friends of Ponteland Park
Councillor Mrs J Butcher

Local Multi Agency Problem Solving
Councillor R Dodd
Note – Any Councillor may attend (LMAPS)

Fairtrade Working Party
Councillor Mrs L Noble

Leisure Centre Users Group
Councillor R Dodd
Councillor Mrs S Johnson
Councillor Mrs E Thompson

Ponteland Youth Strategy Group
Councillor Mrs S Johnson

Ponteland Community Trust
Councillor P Cowey
Councillor L Noble

Ageing Well Group
Councillor Mrs C Greenwell

APPENDIX D – PTC BUDGET

ACTIVITY 2016-17
Budget
£ 2017-18
Budget
£
Highways 33,090 40,598
Environment 61,805 63,665
Planning 1,000 2,000
Park 29,470 32,300
Play Areas 15,260 12,270
Cemetery 11,870 13,000
Village Halls 11,000 11,895
Grants 52,800 52,800
Public Offices 24,000 21,135
General Administration 122,520 128,369
Other Expenditure (see note 1) 82,891 77,351

Total 445,706 455,383
Precept 380,587 394,517

Precept Increase (2% on band d property)

Note – For the years 2016-17 and 2017-18 other expenditure includes items such as Remembrance Day Service, Music in the Park, Neighbourhood plan, projects, Queen’s 90th Birthday celebrations (2016), project development fund, contingencies and a sum for capital asset replacement.

 
 

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