Horndean Parish Council is our closest and most accessible Tier of local government. It also spends as much of our Council Tax as East Hampshire District Council. Of the 5200 homes and 12,942 people it represents, very few people take a day to day interest in the organisation and what it does.
The main reason (I believe) is that we are all busy people running ever busier lives and there is often too little time to go beyond our immediate interests. For this reason I personally believe that the concept of ‘Localism’ is complete Bollocks.
There are a few documents at HPC worth reading though so you know what they do and where your council tax is spent, and these include the annual report (what the money is spent on) and the Annual Return (the financial report for the Council). In here you can see how the parish council spent its £371,700 precept between March 2012 and March 2013. (This has been increased by 9% for this current year)
In a spirit of openness and transparency the Parish Council have published in full the expenditure for the year including salaries, training, incomes from clubs and hall hire and bills. It is a fascinating read.
Click here for the HPC Annual Return 2012-2013
Click here for the HPC schedule of meetings, agendas, supporting documents and minutes: http://www.horndeanpc-hants.gov.uk/meetings.php