Plan to improve South Heighton Village Green

South Heighton Village Green
South Heighton Village Green

New benches and trees will be just some of the improvements to the Village Green proposed by South Heighton Parish Council.

The council plans to spend about £3,000 on the area to make it a better meeting place with work scheduled to start in the spring or summer.

It is also planning to create an outdoor gym and exercise trail at South Heighton Recreation Ground, but will need to secure more funding before this can go ahead.

Despite these exciting proposals for the village, the precept is remaining unchanged for the sixth year running.

The precept is a parish council’s share of the council tax which it asks for to pay for services it provides.

At the full council meeting on January 21, councillors unanimously agreed that the charge to council tax payers in South Heighton for the services provided by the parish council would remain at £38.51 per annum for a band D property.

The parish council said part of its plans for the recreation ground in The Hollow included adding play items.

The outdoor adult gym could cost between £15,000 and £20,000 so the council will need to carry out some fundraising first.

Parish council chairman Paul Julian explained the council had put aside £1,000 towards improving The Hollow.

However the first stage will be to carry out a consultation with the village to find out what sort of improvements people would like to see at The Hollow.

It is also hoping to develop a new website during the year which will enable it to communicate with the public better.

Cllr Julian said: “Through careful budget management and some major cost cutting measures I am pleased to announce that the council tax demand for South Heighton Parish Council’s services will not increase in 2014/15.”

The parish council is also advertising a casual vacancy, following the resignation of one member last year.

The council hoped by promoting the good work it does, it may encourage a potential parish councillor to step forward.

Applicants should contact the parish clerk at parishcouncil@southheighton.com or see one of the village noticeboards.