Report on Town Council’s activities for year ended 31 March 2019

The following is an extract from the verbal report given by the Town Mayor, Councillor Bill Morrison at the Annual Towns Meeting on 24 April 2019 on the Town Council’s activities for the year ended 31 March 2019. 

 

I am happy to be able to report on a number of activities undertaken by the Town Council during my term of office.

 

 

Recreation

 

As before, the Town Council’s recreation areas are well used by our community. Unfortunately, we have recently had some issues with anti-social behaviour involving quad bikes on Jubilee Park football pitches, but we are working with South Yorkshire Police to try to resolve this. It is disheartening to find that some local young people are allegedly destroying the pitches set out for their peers to play football. Fly tipping and dog fouling remain an issue on some recreation grounds (and indeed nationally) but the Town Council are continuing to work to try to improve the situation.  We are also continuing our improvement programme for the recreation grounds, including replacement bins, seating, planting and improvements to play equipment.

 

Jubilee Park is now home to 2 football teams, a senior and a junior team, each with their own pitch provided, and I gather a successful season has been had by both. 

 

  

Community

 

Grants totalling £19,750 were approved and distributed to various organisations in the area. The work done by these groups is vital to the heart of our community, and often goes un-noticed. I am pleased to say I was able to attend meetings or functions at many of these groups to find out about what they do, and to present grant cheques from the Town Council.

 

Hatfield Band continues to be sponsored by the Town Council and has had another successful year, again qualifying to the National Brass Band Championships in September 2019. They continue to provide support for the Council’s Remembrance service. I look forward to hearing about their future successes. 

 

Our local community centres and Hatfield Community Library all continue to offer a wide programme of activities, entertainment and learning opportunities for the local community. Please keep supporting these valuable resources in your community and look out for notices of events and ongoing programmes of activities. Volunteers are always welcome.

 

 

Precept

 

The 2018/19 precept required was set at £192,371.  In addition, the Town Council received a council tax support grant from Doncaster MBC amounting to £14,484.  The two figures added together make £206,855, which was an increase of £4,242 over the previous year’s precept.  This equated to an increase of 3p a week for the average council tax payer.

 

 

The precept for 2019/20 has been set at £198,142 and the Doncaster MBC grant amounts to £7,242, a total of £205,384.  For a Band D property this will mean a precept increase of 0.01p per week (70 pence for the year) and an overall total of £1,471 less for the Council than last year due to the decrease in the support grant.

 

 

Other

 

The Town Council has unfortunately had another vacancy in the last year, due to the resignation of a Councillor. As a result, we welcomed Councillor Mrs Debbie Smith into our team of Members last June, and I look forward to continuing to work with her for our community.

 

As a Council, and for me as Mayor, it has been a difficult and challenging year at times, and I do not wish to go into that as it has been well documented elsewhere. However, I hope that we will now move forward and pull together to work effectively as a Council and do our best for our local community, who, after all, we are all here to serve. 


 

Thank you

Councillor Bill Morrison

Town Mayor