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DONINGTON PARISH COUNCIL: Warning that future precepts may have to include costs of running Flinders Park

A £4,000 rise in Donington Parish Council's share of the 2019-20 precept does not reflect the costs of running Flinders Park, a councillor has warned.

The 16.7 per cent precept rise, from £24,000 in 2018-19 to £28,000 for the coming financial year, means the average Band D council tax rate will go up from £27.97 this year to £32.17.

But IDEA (Improving Donington's Environment for All) committee member and parish councillor David Hawkins warned that future precepts may have to include the costs of running Flinders Park.

Donington Parish Council news.
Donington Parish Council news.

At a parish council meeting on Thursday, Coun Hawkins said: "The one thing that is always missing from the budget is the park.

"It's heaving up a lot of money and, thinking of the future, things like he park may have to come within the precept.

"It's crazy that IDEA has to fill out forms to get funding for the park when the parish council has the final say on everything to do with IDEA.

"Everyone is taking it for granted that the park is being looked after.

"But if everything collapses and we suddenly find ourselves having to find money to look after the park, it could come back and bite us."

Donington Parish Council news.
Donington Parish Council news.

IDEA was set up as a charity 15 years ago in order to apply for grants to help improve Donington as a village.

But although Flinders Park is managed by IDEA on behalf of the village, IDEA itself operates independently of Donington Parish Council.

Coun Richard Wray, finance committee chairman, said: "We have one or two expenses coming up this year, with parish council elections and the purchase of Remembrance Tommy statue, so we can't keep the precept as it is."

But parish council chairman Coun Arthur Baldwin said: "The precept increase isn't going to impact much on the residents of Donington and, compared to rail services, what we're offering represents value for money."


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