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NOTICES

BROADBAND

For many years we have been waiting for BT to upgrade its service to Castle Eaton and provide faster broadband. UK Broadband Ltd, in partnership with SBC has now installed a mast to supply wireless broadband to the village. This mast is now live and a high-speed broadband service can be installed and supplied by a number of companies, including Voneus. For more information about wireless broadband click here and for more information about Voneus click here.

A commercial company, Gigaclear, is providing a fibre service in Gloucestershire and is planning to extend this to Castle Eaton in 2018. For more information click here

TRANSFER OF SERVICES FROM SWINDON BOROUGH COUNCIL

There has already been communication about this and lots of articles in the local press.
Swindon Borough Council (SBC) wish to transfer to Parish Councils some of the services they have traditionally provided, to allow them to meet the spiralling costs of Social Care. This would mean that Parish Councils would need to raise their precepts (the amount paid to them annually by SBC) to cover the costs of providing these services. Obviously, for very small Parish Councils like Castle Eaton, this is not easy.
Negotiations are on-going, but it is getting to the point of ‘if the Parish Council does not take this on, it will no longer be provided’!
Castle Eaton Parish Council has agreed in principle to take on extra grass & hedge cutting, emptying litter bins and minor street cleaning. A current stumbling block is the disposal of fly-tipping, which the Parish Council is simply not equipped to do. Also, further information has been requested on maintaining public footpaths.
Even though some ‘transitional funding’ is promised for 2017/2018, the Parish Council has had to raise its precept by 5.2%. However, this may not be the actual figure that appears on Council Tax bills, as this depends on the number of full payers, property bands, etc.

COMMUNITY BENEFIT FUND

Castle Eaton Parish Council was fortunate to receive a considerable amount of money from a solar park developer, which has to be spent according to strict rules. So far, projects have been funded for the Village Hall and also for the Childrens’ Play Area.

The fund is still open and proposals are requested from residents on tangible projects that will give benefits to the community.

 

 

 

Last updated 13 February 2018. © Castle Eaton Parish Council 2017