Following on from the story below Owl has been flying over Broadclyst.
It has an interesting parish council.
It includes Green Party landowner Henry Gent, whose declaration of interest notes that he has land on option to Persimmon that could net him a nice little earner very soon:
Lib Dem District Councillor Sarah Chamberlain.
Lib Dem District Councillor Eleanor Rylance, who plans to stand again against Claire Wright in a general election.
Henry Massey, whose company provides web services to Broadclyst Parish Council:
(Check those web services out here on the parish’s less than informative and clunky website: https://www.broadclyst.org/
and now new councillors Karl and Liz Straw – where Karl is certainly shaking up the very expensive parish council with some incisive questions!
Interesting features of the parish accounts show:
Of its £422,170 budget £204,320 is being spent on 4.5 FTE employees (including the clerk) PLUS £18,000 on a PART-TIME handyman whose LORRY costs £7,500 PLUS someone being paid £5,000 to maintain public toilets PLUS someone being paid £9000 to run the sports pavilion.
The council also has a bill of £16,550 for office/telephone/internet services, £2500 for staff expenses and £12,500 for PUBLIC RELATIONS. Of this £2050 is telephone charges and £3050 rates.
They love their sport too. £21,000 goes on sports field and tennis court, £12850 on the bowling green (for which they receive £1800 in return from the club.
Of the rest, £18000 goes on “projects” which included £10,000 on “bus shelters”, £12,000 goes on youth work and a whopping £34,320 is set aside for the eighbourhood plan.
Income is £2000 from the parish magazine, £1413 from DCC towards parish maintenance and £500 from allotments and that £1800 from the bowling club.
If Owl were a councillor there, it would DEFINITELY be asking some very awkward questions! And many of them!