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A number of residents have noted that the Eversley element of this year’s Council Tax has risen by 44.6% since last year. They have been asking what the money is to be used for and how the Parish Councillors can justify such a large increase.
The simple answer is that your Parish Councillors have always strived to set a very low budget. For the last ten years and more, the Council has asked for the bare minimum. It has sought to make do and mend. Unfortunately, there comes a time when things can’t be put off any longer. We have needed to invest in new equipment in our play areas and elsewhere. In order to attract additional grant funding, the Council needs to provide part of the capital itself. Also, last year the Council spent, at the request of residents, an unexpected £3,000 on defending the fields beside Marsh Lane from inappropriate housing; made a grant towards urgent repairs to the Eversley Village Hall; and, had to pay to replace vandalised picnic tables.
As Parish Councillors, we agreed that the time had come to ask for a more realistic sum of money. It should be noted that, even after this year’s increase, the parish element of your Council Tax is still lower than the average paid by other residents of Hart District. The Band D rate for Eversley is just £72.91, compared with a Hart District average of £75.27. Whilst some residents may pay less than half this figure and others pay up to twice as much, the increase equates to an average rise of about 43 pence each week, taking the average payment from 97 pence to just £1.40 a week. Minutes relating to the decision to make this increase can be found on our website under 6th December 2016 and 3rd January 2017.
The real answer is that your Councillors need to spend that additional £2.00 per household per month, which, unlike residents in other similar sized parishes, you have not been charged for many years. We trust that this modest capital investment will be more than repaid in the upgrading of village facilities for the benefit of all residents over the coming years. We do hope that you think it is worth paying just £73 per year so that we can continue to make Eversley an even better place in which to live.
Your Eversley Parish Councillors
As a Parish Council, we do many things on your behalf to keep Eversley the lovely place that it is, such as:
· maintaining the communal areas like the four Village Greens, the village pond and Common Land;
· providing and maintaining the equipment in the four children’s play areas;
· installing picnic tables and benches in or near the play areas;
· keeping the main streets and play areas free of litter and dog mess;
· providing a Burial Ground and maintaining it, the Graveyard and the Churchyard;
· renting land from Hampshire County Council to provide garden plots;
· reporting fly tipping, fly-posting vandalism and anti-social behaviour;
· working with all agencies to try to resolve our local flooding issues;
· providing bus shelters to keep our children dry while they wait for the school bus;
· commenting on planning applications and getting involved in other planning matters;
· running the local Speedwatch and providing Speed Indicator Devices to help slow traffic;
· managing work carried out under the Parish Lengthman’s Scheme and by Community Payback Teams;
· representing your interests on other bodies, e.g. Blackbushe Airport Consultative Committee;
· helping to enhance and maintain the Rights of Way network and to report overhanging trees/hedges;
· working with the Blackwater Valley Countryside Partnership to improve the whole valley;
· aiding the Eversley Sports Association to extend its scope and to relocate its floodlit pitch;
· campaigning for better services and facilities for the village; and, raising local issues that matter to you.
We are all volunteers and, whilst expenses can be reclaimed for work outside the parish, we do give up our time freely and appreciate the help of the many other residents who support us in our work.
Accounts for the Financial year 2015/16
Please find below:
A copy of the Accounting Statements (this is unaudited and subject to change)
Receipts and Payments Summary for 2015-16
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The Parish of Eversley is in the north-east of Hampshire, on the banks of the Blackwater River, which itself forms the County boundary with Berkshire. It is one of the northern parishes of Hart District, lying to the west of Yateley and north of the A30. It is about 4 miles from Fleet, 10 miles from Basingstoke and 6 miles from Camberley.
The village of Eversley comprises five distinct areas - Lower Common, Eversley Street, Eversley Centre, Eversley Cross and Up Green. Within these hamlets there are about 600 houses and nearly 1500 residents.
Eversley has many features typical of Hampshire villages - a church, a school, a village green and duck pond, a cricket pitch, a village hall and a shop-come-post office. However, they are dotted around the parish so that it has no obvious core.
There are four designated Conservation Areas, at Church Farm, Eversley Street, Eversley Cross and Up Green. To the south and west of the vlllage there are large areas of forestry, parts of which are designated as Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI’s), because of their nationally important wildlife. Some of these are also designated as parts of the Thames Basin Heaths Special Protection Area, because of the internationally rare birdlife, such as the Nightjar, Dartford Warbler and Woodlark.
There is an extensive footpath and bridleway network and ready access to the hundreds of acres of forestry land, which is much used by local horse riders. One of the bridleways, The Welsh Drive, passes close by a bronze-age bowl barrow called Cudbury Clump on the Bramshill boundary and crosses the parish to the Yateley border by Blackbushe Airport, with access to Eversley’s National Nature Reserve at Castle Bottom.