Budget and Precept

Selborne Parish Council decided on 17 January 2018 to increase its precept (the Parish Council’s share of the Council Tax) by £18,098 for the financial year beginning 1 April 2018.
 It will mean that a Band D household will pay approximately £1.49 per week to finance the Parish Council.

The Parish Council is responsible for providing a range of services and facilities in the Parish. During the period of austerity, it has been prudent with public money using some of its reserves rather than ask for an increase in the precept. Now that the Community Support Grant has been withdrawn and both the District Council and the County Council are putting some of their responsibilities on the shoulders of Parish Councils, there is no option but to increase the precept to cover these costs.

The Parish Council is urgently pursuing the agreed solution for traffic calming in the village, safeguarding the area around the School and the village centre in particular especially given the potential increase in volumes due to major developments in the towns to the north, south and east of the Parish.

The Parish Council is obliged to have regular tree surveys to keep the public safe, and any recommendations have to be carried out; this year’s survey and work cost £3,790.

New legislation is coming along in respect of Data Protection and Transparency Codes with which the Parish Council must comply and which will require all councillors to have extra training.

The Parish Council has responsibility for two recreation grounds. It also provides grants for a number of projects in the Parish: it is anticipated that Oakhanger Village Hall may need an extension and the tennis court in Selborne needs resurfacing.

The Parish Council’s computer, its hardware, software, accounts package and mobile phone need replacing and a mobile PA system is under consideration to enable everyone better to hear what is said at meetings.

Ambulance First Responder Scheme

Two local residents have been successful in setting up a First Responder Scheme in Selborne, which also covers East Tisted, Newton Valence, Greatham, Liss, West and East Worldham and other surrounding areas as required. The team members have their own medical emergency kit bag containing oxygen, a defibrillator and other medical essentials. On receipt of an emergency call where a life threatening incident comes into the 999 system the ambulance control send the team in as the first response whilst the ambulance is on route. For more information please follow the link;

 http://www.southcentralambulance.nhs.uk/our-services/communityresponders.ashx.

The team would like to thank everyone that has helped raise money to start the scheme and buy the kit, but they will have on going costs so donations are still welcome.

Please note that the team will only attend incidents as directed by 999 Ambulance control, so in the event of an emergency please call 999. 

Village Design Statement (VDS)

The VDS for Selborne identifies the distinctive character of the village and its buildings in terms of size, shape, proportion, scale and materials.

It provides guidance for would-be developers on the local characteristics and qualities that residents value in the village and its surroundings. People applying for planning permission must show that they have complied with this guidance or risk being refused planning permission.

Please read the updated VDS on this website or email to John Liddle (JSL7@btinternet.com). Thank you.

Please  note that it is a draft document which is out for consultation, and it has to go through due process before it can become part of the planning process.

Traffic Working Group

For an update on the Parish Council’s work on the Traffic issues in the Parish

Please click here

For  details on Oakhanger Traffic Survey please click here

For the The Hamilton- Baillie report please click here