Pinchbeck Parish Council on its way to being self-funding

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Projects to improve quality of life for villagers could be on the cards as a well-off council looks to splash the cash.

At a meeting of Pinchbeck Parish Council on Monday, chairman Andrew Bowser outlined the council’s financial position and said he hoped it was on its way to being self-funding.

That could be good news for residents who could see a zero parish precept contribution to their council tax bills in future.

Coun Bowser told members the council is currently in a healthy position as it has income from large areas of farmland.

It could also be in line for £100,000 section106 money from Spalding Power Station, £40,000 a year if a wind farm goes ahead in West Pinchbeck, £80,000 if plans for homes in Wardentree Lane are granted and £54,000 from the sale of land to Pinchbeck’s new Community Land Trust, which aims to provide 14 new homes in the parish.

The parish council currently has an annual budget between £50,000 and £60,000 to provide services, such as grass-cutting.

Mr Bowser said: “We are well on our way to being self-funding while still improving facilities.”

One project which could benefit is the provision of play equipment at two playing fields.

Swings and slides for young children could be built on Glebe Park, while equipment for older children is on the cards at Rotten Row playing field.

Coun Maurice Chappell also asked for the council’s support for West Pinchbeck’s school, which is hoping to resurface a car park at Leaveslake Drove used by parents.

He said the work would cost about £2,500.

Members agreed to offer financial support.

Coun Bowser said: “It would be wrong for the parish council to have that much money and not spend it on providing better facilities for residents.”