HAVING A LOCAL CELEBRATION OR REMEMBRANCE EVENT FOR THE CENTENARY OF THE START OF WWI YOU MAY BE ELIGIBLE FOR A BRECKLAND GRANT
We will remember them
In the year that marks the centenary of one of history’s most terrible wars, communities across the land are planning to mark the occasion and commemorate the millions of young lives that were lost.
A new ‘World War One Heritage Fund’ has been set up by Breckland Council to support local projects that explore, share and conserve the heritage of the First World War in the district.
Lynda Turner, Breckland Council Executive Member for Community and Environmental Services said: “Marking this centenary reminds us all of the terrible consequences of war and of the sacrifices made. The ‘World War One Heritage Fund’ provides grants of up to £500 to support residents and organisations who wish to develop community projects that mark the centenary of the Great War”.
Grants are available to support a wide range of projects such documenting the war through film or audio recordings, collecting personal stories and memories of those affected by the war, staging exhibitions, producing books or organising talks.
Guidance notes and application forms are on the Breckland Council website www.breckland.gov.uk
For more information, contact Breckland Council Communities Officer, Samantha Patel on 01362 656870; email email@example.com
It was suggested to me this morning on twitter that conservative members on Breckland had little to say, Well I cannot speak for others but I would like to say why I often say less in the Full Council meeting than I might, I am sure many would answer in a similar way
1/ I belong to the ruling party at Breckland and as such I might be considered to be in general agreement with policy and therefore proposals placed before council
2/ Most items at Full Council have gone through the Committee’s before getting that far, in that time I have certainly had my say, representing both my opinion on the matter and reflecting the voters in the ward I represent
3/ In addition to specific main Committees which I belong to, General Purposes, Member Development and Licensing which I also chair, I always attend Cabinet and Scrutiny being the areas where most policies are hammered out and I assure you I always speak in those forums. I am far from silent as a member, and I feel that I am often influential. I attend other committees less frequently, but always where a matter pertaining to my ward is discussed
4/ After saying that I am usually in general agreement with conservative policies, I am not shy to speak out against them if I do not. In my time at Breckland I called in the Parish Grant Proposals as you know, I also fought very hard against the LDF and one or two other matters in the past. In addition of course I also take concerns directly to the Cabinet members which is a right of all councillors
5/ I tend to be not too political in meetings, but I was tempted to have some fun with your ‘faux pa’ in Council yesterday but restrained myself, perhaps next time I will twist your tail a bit
6/ I am first and foremost a Ward member and seek to represent all flavours of political opinion within the ward
In the ten years I have been a Breckland Councillor I have always promoted Member Training. It has now been confirmed that Breckland Councillors are among the best trained in the country.If I may congratulate myself along with others I do so
Breckland’s councillors have been recognised as some of the best-trained and skilled in the country after the council maintained its “trailblazing” performance under the Charter Plus accreditation scheme.
The council was described as trailblazing by assessors when they first gained Charter Plus status in 2010 but the training and development award lasts only three years, after which councils have to re-apply and undergo stringent re-assessments to demonstrate further progress if they are to re-gain the Charter Plus designation.
The award was presented to the council’s Member Trainer Leanne Neave at this week’s (February 27) full council meeting by Cllr. Tony Jackson, Chairman of the East of England Local Government Association and Leader of East Hertfordshire District Council.
Cllr. Trevor Carter, who chairs Breckland’s Member Development Panel, said: “We are delighted by this recognition for all the work that has been done by council members and by our officer to ensure that our councillors perform their duties to the best of their ability and have all the training and support they need to help them do that.
“The level of voluntary involvement by councillors was outstanding and the officer’s dedication was truly remarkable. I’m very pleased to see Leanne Neave’s efforts get the recognition they deserve.”
Newly-elected councillors are asked to fill in self-assessment questionnaires on their induction day and all councillors are asked to complete them annually thereafter. The questionnaires ask them to list their strengths and the areas where their skills could be improved.
“The target for Charter Plus is a return rate of 60%. Our return rate is approximately 98%. Only 13 councils throughout England have achieved Charter Plus status; just three of those are in the East of England and of those, only Breckland District Council and Waveney District Council have been re-awarded Charter Plus status.”
Member training covers skills such as chairing meetings, public speaking, computer software training, time management, dealing with complex queries from constituents, and effective communication, including media interviews and social media.
The rigorous re-examination of the council’s commitment to member training and development involved a team of assessors lead by Mark Palmer, Development Director of the awarding body South East Employers. The assessors interviewed Member Trainer Leanne Neave, Chief Executive Geoff Rivers, Leader of the Council Michael Wassell and Opposition Leader Terry Jermy, as well as the Member Development Panel including Cllr. Carter.
Assessors also held a workshop for backbench councillors to check that the message on training, development and support permeated the whole council and was seen to be entirely non-political.
Member Officer Leanne Neave said she was thrilled to be receiving the award on the council’s behalf: “We have come a long way in a short space of time. In 2006 we recognized that work needed to be done on member training and development, so a team was put in place, a Member Development Panel was set up and we achieved Charter status in 2008. We decided to go for the much more rigorous Charter Plus in 2010 and got it.
“This time, the assessors said we were still a leading authority for member development. To achieve this again given the current economic situation shows that, even in this climate, we can still progress and still do more to make sure our members are continually supported to be the best councillors they can be and are never simply left to get on with it.”
Further to earlier posts the Parish Grant Allocation for Eynsford Ward for 2014/2015 will be
This morning Breckland Council approved that tax rates for 2014/2015 to be as follows for our Ward
1/ The District Council tax will be frozen at £69.03 Band D
2/ County Council will be £1145.07 and Police at £204.75 again at Band D
3/ The villages will be Bawdeswell £68.18, Bylaugh £0.00, Foxley £42.13, Lyng£29.03, Sparham ££27.57 again all at Band D
4/ Bawdeswell pays a Special Expenses for footpath lighting which will be £0.68 on Band D
5/ Council tax totals for the Ward by band rate and parish will be
BAND RATES A B C D E F G H
Bawdeswell 991.80 1157.10 1322.10 1487.71 1818.31 2148.91 2479.91 2875.41
Bylaugh 945.90 1103.55 1261.20 1418.85 1734.85 2049.45 2364.75 2837.70
Foxley 973.99 1136.32 1298.65 1460.98 1785.64 2110.30 2434.96 2921 96
Lyng 965.25 1126.13 1287.00 1447.88 1769.63 2091.38 2413.13 2895.75
Sparham 964.28 1125.00 1285.71 1446.42 1767.85 2089.28 2410.71 2892 85
Parish councils will be aware from recent press stories that Breckland Council is paying out a government grant of some £305,000 to parish and town councils in the district. This announcement came after previously saying that it would not be able to do so.
I personally apologise to the parishes I represent for stating it was not available. This was based on a number of reasons
1/ Last year we were firmly told the grant was limited to a single year, as I advised you
2/ The grant allocation for 2014/15 did not specify an amount for parish grants in Brecklands allocation which was reduced as we had been informed
3/ Breckland cabinet and officers repeatedly confirmed that there was no grant (their reasons have been reported in the press) and I had to accept this after personally calling it in to the Scrutiny Commission where all of this was re-confirmed.
4/ All of the letters I saw were ambiguous.
Although the opposition received most of the credit for calling the matter for examination, I was the first member of the council to do so on the basis that it needed a wider consideration than just the Cabinet.
All parishes may now be eligible toreceive a grant according to the same conditions as last year, but the amount may not be identical as the demographics of the area may have changed
I recognise that you have already completed your precept so there will be a small amount of additional money for you to deal with as you will.
I will be attending parish council meetings as usual and am happy to address the matter if you have questions.
Breckland Council Tax will be set on Thursday this week and subject to any (unlikely) changes at that Council Meeting will be frozen at £69.03 for the year 2014-2015 as a band D property. Most of the dwellings in the ward are bands A – C and will subsequently be less, all of Brecklands financial strategy can be found on website minutes for the Additional Cabinet meeting held on 19th February
A copy of this posting has been sent to all parish chairmen and clerks in my ward
This is a letter sent to the parish chairmen and clerks in my Breckland Ward
Further to my earlier emails plus recent letter’s in the press etc on this matter.
Went to the Who Cares, this looks an excellent initiative for the church’s to interact with the community. Its also a good thing for councils and other community bodies to support and I will be promoting it as time goes on. Next big advance will be the all day meeting in March know more then and update you all