Report on Town Council’s activities for year ended 31 March 2018

The following is an extract from the verbal report given by the Town Mayor, Councillor Mrs Pat Sanderson at the Annual Towns Meeting on 23 April 2018 on the Town Council’s activities for the year ended 31 March 2018. 

 

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

 

Recreation

Our Town Council recreation grounds continue to have a high level of use, and the Skate Park is very well used by local young people and those from further afield. We have had occasional instances of lighting vandalism at Jubilee Park, but anti-social behaviour and dog fouling are the greater issues in general on recreation grounds. The Town Council have continued to work with the Police to try to improve the situation of illegal motorbike and quad bike use on Jubilee Park, with successful operations seeing bikes seized. 

 

I am happy to report that the football team which is now based at Jubilee has had another successful season, and looks likely to be joined by further teams on there next season. I hope local football fans will continue to support the teams on there.

  

Community

Several grants totalling £14,286 were awarded to local community organisations providing valuable services and amenities in the area.  I have very much enjoyed finding out more about the valuable work these members of our community do for the rest of us, and meeting many of these wonderful volunteers in person. 

 

I also enjoyed the hospitality of other local Mayors from nearby Councils when attending functions in other nearby towns and villages.

 

Mayoral Charities

During my Mayoral term I was able to choose charities to support during my term, and I selected those which I personally feel are important both to me personally and to our community locally; the Hatfield Church Building Trust, and the Chatsfield Suite at Doncaster Royal Infirmary. I have collected for the charities through the year, and recently held a fundraising concert by the Danum Strings Orchestra at St Lawrence Church. So far I have been able to raise a grand total of £420.

 

Precept

The 2017/18 precept was set at £183,211.  In addition, the Town Council received a council tax support grant from Doncaster MBC amounting to £19,402.  The two figures added together make £202,613 for the year which has enabled the start of our community improvements to be made.

 

The precept for 2018/19 has been set at £192,371 and the Doncaster MBC grant will drop to £14,484, a total of £206,855.  For a Band D property this will mean a rise of 3p per week, and it is intended that as much of this as we can will be used for continuing community improvements for the benefit of as many people as possible. 

 

Other

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

 

 

For the first time in its history, in 2017 the Town Council began its planned provision of decorative Christmas lighting in our area. It was a challenge to try to provide something in each part of the Town Council’s area, but all the lights were received enthusiastically by the community, and the programme will continue and hopefully also be expanded for the next few years.

 

Finally, I would like to take this opportunity to say how much I have enjoyed this, at times challenging, Mayoral year, and in particular the opportunities it gave me to meet so many valued members of our wonderful local community.

Thank you

Councillor Mrs Pat Sanderson

Town Mayor