Good news for all Horndean residents as Horndean Parish Council moves to CUT its precept (share of the Council Tax) by 10% for this coming financial year. Over the last 2 years the Parish Council has welcomed a new executive officer and Clerk to the Council, Carla Baverstock-Jones, who has brought in a fresh new spirit of cooperation and worked well with the Councillors to review the current operations and identify savings.
Cllr Lynn Evans, Chairman to the Parish Council said “Horndean Parish Council is one of only two East Hants District Council Parishes to have reduced their Precept by 10% for the forthcoming year.
This has been achieved through prudent budgeting and purchasing. There has been no reduction in services and many projects have been completed in the last year. HPC is carrying out an in depth review of all existing service contracts. Savings already identified include about £6000 on insurance with no reduction in the level of cover. Various other smaller but significant savings have also been secured.
The savings have enabled the Precept reduction but are also being used to provide better facilities and services.”
Projects underway include improvements to the open spaces and an ambitious revamp to the playgrounds.
Farringdon were the other Parish Council to make a 10% cut while Bentley increased by 16%, Shalden 20% and Hawkley 25%