Tuesday, 1 January 2008

Giles McNeill's New Year Message January 2008

Nettleham Ward Conservatives
Grange-de-Lings, Greetwell, Nettleham & Riseholme

May I wish all of you a very happy New Year. It is a privilege to serve the community as a member of Nettleham's Parish Council and hopefully in 2008 I will be able to do more to serve Nettleham better together with residents of Grange-de-Lings, Greetwell and Riseholme.

Floods in the summer dominated 2007 and Nettleham Parish Council have commissioned an extensive report into the summer floods (click here) and will discuss what further actions need to be taken early in the new year. Village residents along Beckside, near the Green and on Danby Hill were all affected, taking the worst of the flooding, but the response of local residents to this event was tremendous and I believe has brought our community closer together.

Since Star Energy withdrew its appeal against Lincolnshire County Council's refusal of planning permission to store gas in the 'Welton Oilfield', it has gone very quiet on the 'gas storage front'. I have been active in supporting my colleages efforts, particularly District Councillor Meg Davidson (Fiskerton), who has contributed extensively to the government consultaton of the Gas Act, and we will be keeping an eye on future developments.

I was particularly aggitated by the Parish Council's decision to go ahead with a particularly high increase in the Precept (the portion of council tax that goes to the Parish Council). An increase to £65.00 onthe Band D average of around £50.00 last year. Progress has been made to improve the council's financial controls with the recruitment of an accounctant who will provide regular reports to the council of its finances. The increase, however, has caused me great concern and shows that in 2008 I will re-double and continue my campaign to re-establish the Parish Council's Finance Committee.

I would like to wish you all the best for 2008,

Giles McNeill

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