February News from Councillor Jonathon SeedJonathon Seed-2

The big local government story this month is Council Tax and residents may not be aware of the different strands that make up the Council Tax Bill that goes out in March.

By far the largest proportion of this bill is for Wiltshire Council which provides our local government services including social services, children’s services and Highways amongst others; this is likely to increase by 5.99% this year.

The next strand is the Parish precept and this goes to fund local parish services and this level is set by the Parish Council which is likely to increase as parishes take on more local responsibilities.

There is also the police and fire precept which is again likely to increase (by 12%) in order to provide the services people tell these services that they want.

So why all these local tax increases? The reason for increases in charges made by local government through Council Tax and Non Domestic rates is simply that central government takes most of the Council Tax revenue and has at the same time progressively cut the funding it redistributes to local government for service delivery. Therefore local government has to increase its charges in order to grow the portion of the tax it keeps to pay for the services it is required to deliver.

Local government at all levels has its ups and downs but I am becoming increasingly concerned at the difficulties that are being experienced at parish level. These most local of Councils do a great job and exist to provide the most local of support to the small number of people that live in our parishes. They are not a parliament and sometimes it would be helpful if all involved took a step back and recognised that parishes do what they can which may not be precisely what everyone wants or in the way that vociferous individuals demand.

However Parish Councils and their volunteer Councillors are elected to do their best and should be afforded the support to do what they can for their residents. Increasingly unnecessary hectoring from a minority of self-appointed, unrepresentative locals pops up from time to time and causes great difficulty for our locally elected representatives who are after all volunteers doing their best. When this happens perhaps everyone should take that step back and take a long hard look at what everyone is there to achieve.

Currently there is not this issue in this village, however we do need to ensure that it does not happen here.

If you need to contact me I am always happy to help, all the ways you can get in touch are below:

Post: ‘Wayside’, Chittoe Heath, Bromham, Wiltshire, SN15 2EH
Telephone: 01380 850696 or mobile 07770 774463
Email: jonathon.seed@wiltshire.gov.uk
Via my website www.jonathonseed.com
You can also Like and Follow my Facebook Page Councillor Jonathon Seed.

About Wiltshire Council

Whilst the Parish Council is the first tier of local government, the second tier (and only other in Wiltshire) is the unitary authority, Wiltshire Council. Keevil and the villages of Bulkington, Great Hinton, Poulshot, Seend, Semington, and Steeple Ashton form the electoral Division of ‘Summerham and Seend’.

October 2017: Read the Introduction to the new 10 Year Plan for Wiltshire in this Challenges and Opportunities presentation: Challenges and opportunities ahead meetings – Sept18 (lbv3)

Your elected member on Wiltshire Council is Councillor Jonathon Seed (Conservative), who represents the Summerham and Seend division. He is also Portfolio Holder for Flooding and Military Covenant. See his full details here, including attendance records, register of interests, and committee appointments.

You can contact Councillor Jonathon Seed by:
Post: ‘Wayside’, Chittoe Heath, Bromham, Wiltshire, SN15 2EH
Telephone: 01380 850696 or mobile 07770 774463
Email: jonathon.seed@wiltshire.gov.uk
Via his own website www.jonathonseed.com or Facebook Page Councillor Jonathon Seed.

Contact Wiltshire Council itself on 0300 456 0100 or visit www.wiltshire.gov.uk

There is a full list of Wiltshire Councillors here, plus all associated information.

Highway Newsletter from Cllr Bridget Wayman, Cabinet Member for Highways, Transport and Waste:
Cllr Wayman’s February 2018
Cllr Wayman’s November Newsletter