A private member’s Bill to force a referendum over major precept increases by parish councils has been put been put on hold due to lack of parliamentary time. It is now expected to form part of the Government’s programme for the next session starting in May.
The Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) is urging people to email their MP about the imposition of new development on communities by “unelected Planning Inspectors” who are increasing overruling local councils.
A pub in Reading may become ‘an asset of community value’ after Reading Borough Council accepted a bid under the new Localism Act 201. If successful – will be one of the first pubs in Britain to be saved for the community under the new community rights.
Following the success of the Eden Valley local referendum which saw the first Neighbourhood Plan in the country adopted, the Government has announced a new two year scheme to help other communities follow in its footsteps.
Slough Borough Council began a Community Governance Review in February that will determine the future of the Parish Council. In the first of a series of articles to generate debate on the issue, Cllr Charles Burke agues that new community powers offer “a more open and inclusive political environment” but increased responsibilities.
People in a Cumbrian community have become the first in the country to support the introduction of greater planning powers for parish councils.
Secretary of State for Planning Nick Boles has promised communities who prepare Neighbourhood Plans a 25% slice of the new Community Infrastructure Levy imposed on developers by local councils – but Colnbrook will miss out.
Eric Pickles, Secretary of State at the Department for Communities and Local Government despite vague statements and threats has confirmed in Parliament that town and parish councils will not be subject to capping for the coming financial year.
Tuesday’s Parish Council meeting as expected brought an end to proposals to develop a Neighbourhood Plan for Colnbrook and Poyle, rebuffing a new power granted to local communities.
The council also voted to object to another fast food takeway, and deferred a decision on an upgrade to the parish website.
Councillors will be asked to approve halting the proposed Neighbourhood Development Plan at the first Parish Council meeting of the New Year next week, just as 7 “neighbourhood” designations look set to be approved in the neighbouring Royal Borough. The meeting will take place at the Village Hall on Tuesday 8th January 2013, commencing at 7.30pm.
September’s meeting of the Parish Council’s Finance & Policy Committee held at Colnbrook Village Hall recommended that the Parish Precent remain unchanged on last year at £93,450.
The Parish Council’s AGM on Tuesday looks set to be lively as councillors elect a Chair and Vice-Chair for the coming year. “Stumpy” Hood and Ray Angell will be seeking a continued mandate for the Parish Plan launched with gusto a year ago. But is the Plan on track? And is there a Plan B?