Buy in Grayshott contribution to the Parish Council

biglogonewFollowing the dissolution of Buy in Grayshott the Parish Council would like to report that it has received two cheques for a total of almost £3,500. This figure is made up of the closing balances of the BIG account and their separate one for Christmas lights. Both cheques were substantiated with closing balance bank statements.

These receipts will be formally reported at a Council meeting in due course. Any decision councillors make on what the funds should be spent on will appear in the minutes of the relevant meeting.

3 thoughts on “Buy in Grayshott contribution to the Parish Council

  1. Graham Page

    Well at least we now know where the BIG funds have gone. It was never clear whether they actually had an original constitution, a revised one promised last year, or indeed the mystery about the necessity to maintain one at all which appeared on their final meeting agenda recently!
    Reading GPC minutes establishing a second bank account because of bank’s guarantee worries it is clear they have significant and probably ‘surplus’ funds. Obviously this would be in excess of £75,000 ish funds.Maybe they should use their influence AND funds to attempt to persuade whoever to help provide ‘permanent’ repair to the 100 yards leading up to Grayshott surgery on Boundary Road as an example.

  2. Laura Musco Post author

    Comment originally posted on News re Boundary Road update in error, although this is referred to below – apologies.

    The Council agreed to open an additional bank account, outside the Lloyds Group, as it receives its precept as two substantial lump sums, in April and September, increasing the bank accounts to considerably more than £75,000. This decision was taken having previously discussed with our internal auditor, whether spreading the sum over more than one banking group should be considered by councillors. It should also be borne in mind that:
    1) the Council is responsible for administering the Jack Smith legacy, which is a separate bank account, but held in the name of Grayshott Parish Council and therefore comes into consideration when reaching £75,000 protection limit.
    2) the Council also has a number of earmarked reserves for specific expenditure/projects – lengthsman, the sports pavilion, village assets, tennis courts, The Square, elections. The first of these is Hampshire County Council funding for the lengthsman scheme for 10 parishes that Grayshott, as the lead council, administers on their behalf. The last was set up in March following a recommendation from our internal auditor, as ballot box elections (should Grayshott ever have more candidates than required councillors) can be expensive. The others were all set up to ensure there are sufficient funds to carry out major repairs or replacement to the relevant asset e.g. replacing the pavilion roof, replacing/repairing playground equipment, resurfacing/cleaning the public tennis court, maintenance in The Square. These inflate the sum that would appear to be readily available.
    3) councils should always have in reserve the equivalent of 6-9 months expenditure.

    Don’t forget that the Council’s accounts are open for public scrutiny, after all if you’re a Grayshott resident we’re spending your Council Tax. Next week I will be posting the statutory notice with details about viewing last year’s audited accounts.

    With regard to repairs to Boundary Road the Parish Council has already agreed to match fund Haslemere Town Council’s contribution to the repairs. It should also, perhaps, be noted that all three tiers of Hampshire local government (parish, district and county) have agreed to grant Boundary Road Residents’ Association some funding for this, whereas on the Surrey side of the boundary only Haslemere Town Council has agreed any funding. This is despite the best efforts of the BRRA in contacting the borough and county councils. I’m sure all readers of must, by now, know that Boundary Road is not an adopted road (it’s a bridleway) so it is the responsibility of the residents to make good the surface. I understand from the Residents’ Association that the aim is to have the work done in the autumn.

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