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Bingham Town Council

Statement of Activity for 2023/2024

Bingham Town Council has set its expenditure for the year at £389,535 along with a projected income of £23,511. The Town Council will also draw upon its reserves to fund its other activities and projects, as well as seeking grants from other organisations.

To arrive at a balanced budget, the precept demand to Rushcliffe Borough Council has been set at £366,024, this equates to an increase of £4.39 to £95.09 (4.84%) for a Band D property.

The overall Council Tax charge also includes the budgets of Nottinghamshire County Council, the Nottinghamshire Police and Crime Commissioner, the Fire & Rescue Authority and Rushcliffe Borough Council, which have also changed from last year.

Why the money is needed:

The Town Council either owns or has a maintenance responsibility for the following amenities:

  • Sports Fields at Wynhill and Butt Field
  • Town Pavilion and Butt Field Sports Pavilion
  • Five play areas
  • Allotments at Hill Drive
  • Town Centre CCTV
  • St. Mary’s Churchyard and the Town Cemetery
  • Linear Park Nature Reserve
  • An extensive arboreal portfolio
  • The Old Court House

The Town Council also provides support to local community organisations and promotes Bingham’s sense of place through:

  • Its Grant Aid scheme
  • Organising and funding the summer and winter floral display in the Town Centre
  • Organising and/or funding Annual events like the Summer Fair and Christmas Market
  • Organising the Christmas lighting display
  • Producing a Town Guide to promote Bingham and provide a directory of services and groups
  • Taking care of the many green spaces and assets owned within the Town

In addition to its day-to-day activities, the Town Council is continuing their work to progress a range of internal and external projects such as:

  • Progressing the long-term parking provision at the Old Allotment site
  • Replacing and extending the town centre CCTV provision
  • Redevelopment of the Wynhill site to support improved and increased community facilities
  • The potential expansion of land and facilities to meet the increased sports demand at Butt Field
  • Memorial testing in the Cemetery and Churchyard
  • Cemetery Review
  • Supporting progression of a community project on Chapel Lane
  • Improving maintenance of the Linear Park and open spaces
  • The refurbishment of the Cogley Lane play area

The Town Council is not in a position to self-fund all of the above projects. It will look to grant funding and will seek community support through community engagement activities to apply to the Public Loans Work Board (PWLB) for a loan or a series of loans if required.

The Town Council currently employ: a Town Clerk as well as two part-time administrative assistants, a full-time member of grounds staff, and a part-time cleaner. The office currently has vacancies for two staff members. There are currently two vacancies at the Town Council for a Grounds Operative and Deputy Clerk/Project Support Administrator. The recruitment for the vacancies is taking place in January 2023, prior to the new financial year.

Town Council Budget 2023/24

This is how the Town Council will allocate funds raised through the Council Tax. The budget for the previous two years is shown for comparative purposes.

Bingham financial information 2023-24

Budget Headings

2021/22
£

2022/23
£

2023/24
£

Allotments 1,660 1,660 2,110
Cemetery 10,620 14,190 13,787
Environment 3,200 3,300 3,300
Finance 29,150 29,300 33,125
Old Court House 23,750 25,750 34,278
Professional Fees 7,000 7,500 4,500
Community and Events 26,750 26,250 30,750
Recreation 13,030 16,030 16,060
Recreation Equipment 15,448 18,325 18,925
Reserves 30,000 32,840 17,000
Salaries and On Costs 175,724 190,005 215,700
Totals 336,332 365,150 389,535
Less income 18,095 23,426 23,511
Precept Demand 318,237
341,724
366,024
Tax Base 3647 3767.6 3849.1
Band D property £87.26 £90.70 £95.09

The Town Council’s income sources have always been modest, and these are expected to be limited to:

  • Burial and memorial fees
  • Tenant and room rental at the Old Court House
  • Rent from sports clubs for lease of pitches and pavilions
  • Allotment rents
  • Wayleaves
  • Interest on reserves