Report on Town Council’s activities for year ended 31 March 2017

The following is an extract from the verbal report given by the Town Mayor, Councillor D Fiennes-Gregory at the Annual Towns Meeting on 24 April 2017 on the Town Council’s activities for the year ended 31 March 2017. 

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 are still well used by local people. We have had occasional instances of play equipment vandalism, but the greater number of issues have again been fly tipping, anti-social behaviour and dog fouling on some recreation grounds. Unfortunately this year we have seen an increase in illegal motorbike and quadbike misuse in the area but the Town Council are continuing to work with the Police and Doncaster Council to try to improve the situation. Our programme of improvements to equipment and access to our recreation grounds is ongoing, and you will see more changes continuing over the next year.

I am happy to report that for the first time for several years, Jubilee Park has been home to two football teams again this year, and they have both reported successful first seasons with us and are looking to continue for the next year. It is good to know that the pitches are being used for their original purpose again, and will hopefully provide some entertainment to local football fans in the meantime!

Community

Several grants totalling £17,541 were again approved and distributed to various community organisations providing valuable services and amenities in the area. I consider myself honoured to have been able to meet many of these groups and find out about the work they do whilst having the pleasure of presenting them with the grant cheques from the Town Council.

I have also enjoyed the opportunity as Mayor to hold a Civic Service at Hatfield Church where my Mayoral Consort Lynn Duffy, MBE, and I welcomed members of many local Community groups to celebrate my appointment as Mayor. I have also relished the opportunity to be welcomed by other local Mayors and attend similar 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 Alzheimer’s Society, the local branch of St John’s Ambulance, and the Hatfield Church Building Trust. I have used events such as a sponsored walk and a concert by Hatfield Band to raise money to support the charities, and so far I have been able to raise a grand total of £2,975. Many thanks to all those who attended events and contributed.

Precept

The 2016/17 precept was set at £175,248. In addition, the Town Council received a council tax support grant from Doncaster MBC amounting to £19,402. The two figures added together make £194,650 for the year which has enabled the start of our community improvements to be made.

The precept for 2017/18 has been set at £183,211 and the Doncaster MBC grant will again be £19,402, a total of £202,613. For a Band D property this will mean a rise of 88p per week, and it is intended that much of this will be used to continue implementing community improvements as set out in the Town Council’s Action Plan.

Other

The Town Council has unfortunately had 2 by-elections recently, due to the resignation of Councillors for health and work commitment reasons. As a result, we have now welcomed Councillor Ron Powell and Councillor Terry Gibbs into our team of Members and I look forward to continuing to work with them for our community.

Finally, I would like to again, take this opportunity to say how much my Consort and I have enjoyed this Mayoral year, and in particular the opportunities it has provided for us to meet so many valued members of our amazing, diverse local community.

I would also like to thank my Consort Lynn Duffy, and my fellow Councillors for their support and help this year, and the Town Council staff for their continued commitment.

Thank you.

Councillor David Fiennes-Gregory

Town Mayor 2016-17


 

 

 

 

 

 Provisional and subject to audit

Income

Precept                                                

166907

Hatfield Cemetery (Burial Fees)                                

32157

Sports Pavilion (Lettings)

            0

Other income

1626

                                                                                Total

200690

Expenditure

Council Offices/Admin Expenses (including salaries) 

64108

Hatfield Cemetery/Cemetery House—running costs  

43664

Rec Grounds/Sports Pavilion— running costs            

34041

Vehicles and Equipment

7128

Grants

13030

Election Expenses

5645

Total

167616

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