PLEASE HELP TO DELAY THE ESTABLISHMENT IN THE UK OF THE ASIAN HORNET, OTHERWISE KNOWN AS THE YELLOW LEGGED HORNET
The non-native Asian hornet, Vespa velutina, is a serious predator of European native insects. It is a risk to all pollinators, but particularly to honey bees, which are the primary managed pollinators of crops in the UK, and it is a significant threat to commercial and hobby beekeeping. Nature conservation organisations, including the RSPB, are concerned about the impacts of Asian hornets on pollinating species and UK biodiversity.
Native to Asia, in 2004 the Asian hornet was inadvertently introduced into France, became established and spread rapidly into neighbouring countries. It was found in the Channel Islands in 2016 and is now established on Jersey.
One nest was found in the UK in 2016 and one in 2017; both were destroyed. In 2018 two nests were found in Cornwall and two in Hampshire; single male and female hornets were found in Surrey, Hull, Lancashire, Kent, Cornwall and on the Poole/Cherbourg ferry.
Proposal for the Parish Council to Contribute to a Part Time Bus Service
The Winterborne Valley Transport Group have received an offer from a local bus company to provide a once a day bus service through Winterbourne Abbas, Winterbourne Steepleton and Winterborne St Martin. The bus would provide a route towards Dorchester in the early afternoon, approximately 2pm. Passengers could then make a return journey on one of the later afternoon regular services that are already in place.
The service would only run on school days, therefore weekdays only in school term time. The bus company need a contribution of £2,850 per year to operate this service. Passengers would be able to use a concessionary bus pass if they have one. The County Council are unable to contribute to the cost of the provision of this service therefore a request has been made to the Parish Council.
If this was agreed by the Parish Council it would result in an increase in annual expenditure which would be a direct increase in the Parish Council element of your Council Tax bill.
Currently the Parish Council precept totals £5,500. Therefore this would be an increase of approximately 52% in the Parish Council element of your Council Tax bill. The 2018/19 (figures for 19/20 not yet available on Dorset for You) Parish Council precept was £16.98 per year for a Band D property. An increase of 52% on that would be approximately £25.81 on a Band D property. The Parish Council has already set its precept for 2019/20 – therefore if a payment was required during that year the required increase in 2020/21 would be £5,700 to repay the 2019/20 contribution and pay for the 2020/21 contribution. This assumes the contribution amount remains the same which is not guaranteed.
If the Parish Council had to cover two years bus service contribution in 2020/21 this would increase the Parish Council Precept element of your Council Tax bill in that year to approximately £35 on a Band D property. These figures are approximate and do not include any additional increase which might be required in the Parish Council precept alongside the contribution for the Bus Service. There is no guarantee that the service will be used by passengers every day. There are already additional transport provisions that are not fully utilised. The Parish Council is also speaking with Councillors at Winterbourne Abbas and Steepleton about sharing the cost. This is a very clear example of the increases in costs which might fall to the Parish Council if they wish to provide services which can no longer be funded by the new Unitary Authority due to cutbacks in central government funding and increase social care costs. Therefore this may be the first of many such questions the Parish Council has to consider.
As the cost of the proposed service would fall directly to you – the residents and Council Tax payers – it is important we gather your opinion. We will circulate a note to all addresses in the village and hope you will be able to respond to the Parish Council.
Winterborne St Martin Parish Council
Elections 2nd May 2019
YOUR PARISH COUNCIL
Elections for the New Dorset Unitary Authority and all the Town and Parish Councils in Dorset will be held on Thursday 2nd May 2019.
Your Parish Council will be part of this election process.
The Parish Council has nine members. In order for an election to be held, and for you – the residents and Council Tax payers - to have a choice, there must be more than nine candidates. If nine people or less are nominated, you – the residents and Council Tax payers – get no choice about your representatives on the Parish Council. We feel sure you would prefer some choice in this – therefore we would encourage people to consider standing for election to the Winterborne St Martin Parish Council.
If you have any questions please feel free to contact your current Parish Councillors, Debbie Wiltshire, Patrick Jeffrey, Martin Usherwood, Anne Bennett, Dave Read, Neale Hallett, Karen Delafield, Richard Eversden or the Clerk to the Council Stephen Slade. Contact details can be found on the Parish Council page on the village website.
More information can be found on HOW TO BECOME A COUNCILLOR – CLICK HERE to download or view PDF.
Nomination Forms must be handed to the Returning Officer at WDDC by 4pm on Wednesday 3rd April.
Closure of the Martinstownnews.webplus site
The server I was using for my website, martinstownnews.webplus.net has now been shut down, and so I can no longer redirect people to the martinstown-news.co.uk site.
I was also using it for occasional posts on valley wildlife and environmental topics, this I have now transferred to winterbornewildlife.blogspot.com which has the merits of being much easier to use and free. There are around fifty members of Dorset Wildlife Trust in Martinstown plus severel others who are interested in our wildlife so I feel there are enough to keep the blog going, but I am not sure how many are aware of the change over .