Budget 2019 Consultation

I am writing to inform you that today we are starting our consultation on the draft budget proposals.  This process will run until 5pm on 29th January and will be widely promoted through our digital and conventional communication channels.  

Although the proposals are subject to Executive approval next Tuesday, we want to give residents as much time as possible to have their say on the proposals, therefore we are opening the consultation for feedback from today.

A consultation document has been produced to summarise the key elements of both the draft revenue and capital budgets.  Additionally, a questionnaire will invite feedback on the savings strategy and the proposed 1% increase in council tax. The questionnaire also tests residents' response to a possible 2% increase, although this isn't what we are planning it would allow us to invest more in our services.

Information will be available online at www.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk/budget2019


Feedback from the consultation will be collated and presented to the February Executive, in advance of decision making on the finalised budget which will be recommended to Full Council.

With thanks and kind regards

Cllr Richard Wenham

Deputy Leader and Executive Member for Resources at Central Bedfordshire Council.

14:31, 04 Jan 2019 by Terry Lee

We have heard of issues about pumping stations failing. Anglia Water provide the following guidance.

Wet wipes are causing sewer flooding in Clophill

Homes in Clophill are at risk of sewer blockages and flooding caused by wipes being flushed down loos. Many residents are unaware that one of the biggest causes of sewer blockages in homes is from wipes and sanitary waste that should be disposed of in the bin, never flushed.

We all rely on sewer pumps to take used water safely away from our homes.

In recent months, sewers and pumps in Clophill Works have been blocked by wet wipes. Unfortunately, these unflushableitems do not break down like toilet paper in the sewer network.

Taking used water and sewage safely away from homes and businesses relies on the network of pipes and pumps all working effectively. If they become blocked by items that should never be flushed, it can lead to sewer flooding of homes and environmental pollution, which is distressing, costly to put right, and potentially devastating for wildlife and our local waterways and seas.

What you can do.

You can help prevent sewer blockages and flooding by only flushing the three P’s - pee, (toilet) paper and poo.

What we are doing

We are committed to a yearly planned maintenance of our pipework and clearing blockages when they happen, but we all need to work together to avoid sewer blockages. Through our programme Keep It Clear, we are working with communities, such as Clophill, to raise awareness of the issues caused by flushing wipes and sanitary waste.

Thank you to everyone who is already helping by only flushing the three P’s.

To find out more go to anglianwater.co.uk/keepitclear or contact Anglia Water for your free Keep It Clear gadgets to help you Keep It Clear or ring 03457 919 155.

11:55, 16 Apr 2018 by James Stirling (CPCClerk)

Posted on 13 September 2017


 Annual Return for the year ended 31st March 2017

Sections 20(2) and 25 of the Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014

The Accounts and Audit (England) Regulations 2015 (SI 2015/234)

The audit of accounts for the Clophill Parish Council for the year ended 31 March 2017 has been completed and the accounts have been published.

The Annual Return is available for inspection by any local government elector of the area of Clophill Parish Council on application to:


Mr James Stirling, Clerk and Resonsible Finicial Officer

17:37, 13 Sep 2017 by James Stirling (CPCClerk)


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