Bishopstoke Parish Council would like to help any local residents that wish to enhance their local area by planting wildflowers. Often, the areas best suited for planting are owned by either Eastleigh Borough Council or Hampshire County Council. The Parish Council can help you get in touch with the right people to gain permission for your planting.
The Council may be able to support in other ways too. Anyone interested should contact the Clerk by emailing the Clerk.
FOOTPATH 780 (from the Toby Carvery to West Horton Farm)
Hampshire County Council has announced the extension of the temporary closure of footpath 780, which runs from the Toby Carvery down to West Horton Farm. The closure now extends from Tuesday 4th April for 6 months, or until completion of the works, whichever is sooner, to allow for repair works on the boardwalk. To see the full extent of the footpath and the closure click here, or alternatively click to enlarge the image.
BISHOPSTOKE PARISH COUNCIL MISSION STATEMENT
At the recent meeting of the Council, Bishopstoke Councillors agreed their Mission Statement and Aims for the remainder of this council session.
Mission Statement - To be the voice of the people of Bishopstoke to enhance our village as a great place to live, work and visit.
Aim 1 - To improve, and protect, our environment for residents and wildlife.
Aim 2 - To promote better health & well-being outcomes for all.
Aim 3 - To strengthen a sense of place.
Aim 4 - To encourage residents to become more involved in the life of the village.
The decisions the Council takes over the next 2-3 years will be guided by this Statement and these Aims.
ONLINE APPLICATIONS FOR ALLOTMENTS AND TRAVEL TOKENS
As part of our efforts to improve the service we provide to the residents of Bishopstoke it is now possible to apply for either allotments or travel tokens online.
To apply for an allotment, please click here.
To apply for travel tokens, please click here.
BISHOPSTOKE PARISH COUNCIL TAX 2022-23 - Increased by £1.09 per month (or 20%)
Bishopstoke Parish Council is funded through the Council Tax. Almost all of the money required to run the Council and fund everything it does comes from the Council Tax. The amount requested by Bishopstoke is added to the requests of the Borough Council, the County Council, the Police Commissioner and the Fire & Rescue Service, and together they make up the Council Tax.
The largest pot of money goes to Hampshire County Council, which this year is taking £1,390.86 from each Band D household in the county (Band A dwellings pay less, whilst Band H pays the most). The Police Commissioner then takes £236.46 of this year's Council Tax; the Borough Council take £125.52 from Band D houses in Bishopstoke; the Fire & Rescue Service take £75.43 and Bishopstoke Parish Council is taking £78.38 from each Band D dwelling this year.
In our newsletter in February this year (click here to read it online) we explained some of the plans we have for Bishopstoke this year, and some of the increases in costs which the Council is having to pay for. These plans and increased costs mean that Bishopstoke needs to ask local residents to pay just over £1 extra per month - about the same as the cost of a loaf of bread.
The Council Tax leaflet each resident gets from the Borough can appear alarming at first, as you will have seen that the Bishopstoke Parish Council Tax has gone up by 20%, whereas the Police funding has only gone up by 4.4%, and Hampshire County Council by just 2.99%. In cash terms though, the Police funding is going up by £10 per dwelling for the year, Bishopstoke by £13.06 per dwelling and Hampshire County Council by over £40 per dwelling for the year.
Bishopstoke Parish Council is proud of the work it does in Bishopstoke, and is proud of its plans for the coming year. Money is being set aside to build a new Memorial Hall and completely revamp Glebe Meadow; our play areas are being upgraded where they need it; we are planning to install at least four defibrillators across the Parish and we are patiently waiting for the allotment sites at Sewall Drive and Bow Lake Gardens to be passed over to us so that we can finally offer them to Bishopstoke residents.
BISHOPSTOKE PARISH COUNCIL AUDIT
The Parish Council's accounts have now been examined by both the internal auditor and the Council itself and have been approved. They are now sent to the external audit for examination. There is now a Period of Electors' Rights which runs from Tuesday 21st June to Monday 1st August, during which anyone wishing to examine the Council's accounts for the year 2021-22 can do so by making an appointment to view them.
To make an appointment please email firstname.lastname@example.org.