Police and Crime Commissioner Consultation – Consideration of a Council Tax Rise?

The following has been received from Angus Macpherson, Wiltshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner


Dear Sir or Madam,

I have, yesterday, begun a public consultation on my draft Police and Crime Plan for 2017 – 2020, and the cost of policing in 2017 – 18.

Since I was re-elected last year I have been reviewing the priorities and thinking about the big issues that the communities of Wiltshire and Swindon are facing.

I am proposing that the four priorities for 2017 – 2020 will be to:

· Prevent crime and keep people safe

· Protect the most vulnerable in society

· Put victims, witnesses and communities at the heart of everything we do

· Secure a trusted, quality and efficient police service

My draft plan is available to read in full on my website (www.wiltshire-pcc.gov.uk).

I am also considering an increase of 1.9 per cent to the policing part of council tax, known as the precept. This amounts to an increase of £3.17 per year or 6p per week for the average home (Band D property). At present, band D homes pay £167.10 a year.

Out of the 43 forces in England and Wales, only two receive less funding per head of population than Wiltshire, and I have been lobbying the Home Office for fairer funding for our county.
The police grant settlement that we received from the Home Office in December showed a £814,000 reduction in central funding. The proposed £3.17 a year increase to the precept would provide an additional £792,000 of local income for 2017-18.

This would help to cover rising costs, including the nationally agreed pay award and new costs such as the Apprenticeship levy, and price inflation. However, even with this rise, we will still have to make savings in the order of £2.5m in 2017-18 to balance the books.

The money raised from the precept will help me to maintain community policing, a service greatly valued by people in Wiltshire and Swindon.
The consultation on my draft plan and proposal to increase the precept by 1.9 per cent is now open and runs until Friday 27 January 2017.

I have approached every Area Board and Locality that are meeting during this period and asked for the opportunity to share a video about my proposed priorities and increase to the precept.

A copy of this video is available on my website (www.wiltshire-pcc.gov.uk) along with further information.

I would encourage you to give your feedback on these proposals and to promote this consultation amongst your community. Feedback can be given through my website or by following this link: http://www.wiltshire-pcc.gov.uk/Transparency/Plan-and-Precept-consultation-2017.aspx

Yours sincerely


Angus Macpherson

Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner
London Road
SN10 2RD

Telephone Number (External): 01380 734 022
Telephone Number (Internal): 720 2293
Fax Number: 01380 734025
Email: pcc@wiltshire.pnn.police.uk
Website: www.wiltshire-pcc.gov.uk
Facebook: www.facebook.com/Wiltshireandswindonpcc


Tilshead Borehole Levels – 6th January 2017

Another week with only a little rain.  The water levels in the aquifer continue to rise, but at a very low rate.

We continue to lag behind even last years modest rise.  We have had a little more rain today with more expected on Monday and later next week.  We can expect a mixed bag of weather throughout the rest of the month with rain featuring particularly towards the end of January.

Parish Council Meetings – 2017 to 2019

16th January 2017
20th March 2017 Preceded by the Annual Parish Meeting.
15th May 2017 Annual Meeting of the Parish Council. Election of Chairman and Vice-Chairman. Authorisation of Annual financial Return.
17th July 2017
18th September 2017
20th November 2017 Precept Decision.

15th January 2018
19th March 2018 Preceded by the Annual Parish Meeting.
21st May 2018 Annual Meeting of the Parish Council. Election of Chairman and Vice-Chairman. Authorisation of Annual financial Return.
16th July 2018
17th September 2018
19th November 2018 Precept Decision.

21st January 2019

18th March 2019 Preceded by the Annual Parish Meeting.
20th May 2019 Annual Meeting of the Parish Council. Election of Chairman and Vice-Chairman. Authorisation of Annual financial Return.
15th July 2019
16th September 2019
18th November 2019 Precept Decision.

All routine Parish Councils meetings will be held on the third MONDAY of alternate months.
All routine meetings start at 7.00 pm.

J H Carr
Clerk of the Council
3rd January 2017

Parish Council Meeting – 16th Jan 2017 – Agenda

Winterbourne Stoke Parish Council


A Meeting of the Winterbourne Stoke Parish Council will be held in The Solstice Rest, Winterbourne Stoke on Monday 16th January 2017 at 7.00 pm.


1. Chairman’s opening statement.
2. Adjournment for Residents’ questions.
3. To confirm the minutes from the Council meeting held on 21st November 2016
4. To report, for information only, any matters arising from the minutes.
5. Planning Applications.
6. Services, including Recreation Facilities.
• Play Park
• Broadband
• Website
7. Highways and Byways.
• General
• A303
8. Environment, including Emergency Planning.
9. World Heritage Site.
10. Police.
11. Finance.
12. Reports from Parish Cllrs, Wiltshire Cllrs and the Village Events Committee.
13. Correspondence received since the last meeting.

J H Carr
Clerk of the Council
3rd January 2017