The Council heard from representatives of Boldre Speedwatch, East Boldre Speed Watch, East Boldre Parish Council and the Police. The speedwatch group was requesting support in purchasing updated equipment to be shared between Boldre and East Boldre. It was explained that the new equipment would be lighter, and be easier to operate. As it would be shared between two groups, it would allow more patrols to be made. It was asked if further sites could be added to the list that the speedwatch groups can use. This will be followed up with the Police. BPC agreed to fund a proportion of the financing required for the new equipment.
BPC agreed the budget for 2022/23. Due to increases in material and labour costs and with inflation running at over 5%, it was necessary to increase the precept by 3%. This was seen as a reasonable balance between recognising increased costs to the council. BPC will continue to seek value for money in maintaining the parish, whilst supporting grants to local organisations. It is also expected that BPC will deliver the new play area in this financial year, which will consume a significant amount of our reserves.
Following recommendations from the National Association of Local Councils (NALC), BPC agreed to delegate temporary decision making powers on a limited range of topics to the Clerk. These are to be used in the event that BPC is unable to meet and make decisions due to COVID restrictions. These powers will expire on 10th April 2022.
The date for the next Parish Council meeting is January 10tth. This will be an in-person meeting as it is no longer possible for Councillors or the Public to participate remotely due to Government legislation. Members of the public are welcome to attend but will be required to follow COVID restrictions or recommended advice when doing so. The date of this meeting and how it is held may be subject to change due to COVID.