Parish precept remains frozen in Lynchmere

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FOR the third year in succession there is to be no increase in the budget for Lynchmere parish.

The precept is £55,825 with other income bringing a total of £61,985 available.

Although named Lynchmere, the parish council covers the communities of Camelsdale, Lynchmere, Hammer and Hammer Hill, all with their own needs.

The major expense for the council is the maintenance of the grounds that the parish owns, which include Camelsdale recreation ground, Copse Road recreation ground and Hammer recreation ground as well as the burial ground.

Together they account for almost £21,000 of the council’s expenditure. An extra £3,000 has also been budgeted for the burial ground which will include funding the new memorial garden which is under construction.

Discretionary grants include £2,500 to Camelsdale School and varying amounts to the Scouts, playgroup, Neighbourhood Watch, WRVS, River Wey Trust, National Trust, Ramblers Association, Open Spaces Society, Hammer Football Club, Hammer Hill Recreation Association, Lynchmere Cricket Club, the Fernhurst Furnace, Haslemere Citizens Advice Bureau and others.

Additionally, £1,000 has been allocated in case it is needed to pay for extra training for the parish clerk and any new parish councillors.

Savings have been made in a number of areas including rental for a venue for council meetings which are now held in the school.