Welcome to Old Hunstanton
Welcome to the Old Hunstanton Parish Council Website. This has been designed to increase access to information and communication with residents and visitors to this beautiful North Norfolk coastal village.
Hunstanton Village Sign
The Village Sign was presented to the village by the Women’s Institute to mark the Queen’s Silver Jubilee. It was unveiled on Tuesday 13th September 1977 by the Chairman of the Norfolk Federation of Women’s Institute, Mrs. Jill Scott and blessed by the Reverend Paul Alton, Vicar of St. Mary’s Church, Old Hunstanton.
The Sign shows a man on horseback holding a javelin. When the le Strange family first came to Old Hunstanton they got the sturdiest manto ride the biggest charger and throw a javelin out to sea. The land to the seaward side became the le Strange property. Also shown are Old Hunstanton Hall, the le Strange home, and the crests of thele Strange family and the Women’s Institute. Buried under the sign is a set of today’s coins and a casket containing a record of today’s food prices.
Local craftsman, Mr. Harry Carter of Swaffham made the sign and the plinth, made of Norfolk flints and red brick was made by Mr. Tony Richardson of Old Hunstanton.
PCC launches council tax consultation
Would you pay more council tax to help fund policing in Norfolk? That is the question being posed by the county’s Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC).
PCC Lorne Green will soon have to decide whether to increase or freeze the policing element of council tax to fund next year’s policing service, and he wants to know what the Norfolk public thinks.
The initial two options Norfolk residents are being asked to consider are:
- No Increase in the policing element of council tax
A freeze on the policing element of council tax would mean a funding gap for the Constabulary in 2018/19 of £6.8m. Some £4m of savings have been identified at this stage, including £2m from the frontline local policing model (Norfolk 2020) announced by the Chief Constable in October. This leaves £2.8m still to find. The Chief Constable says further savings of this magnitude would mean some very difficult choices about even deeper reductions in frontline operational and support functions, mindful that 80% of the budget is staff costs.
- Increasing the policing element of Council Tax by just under 2%
A council tax increase of just under 2% (the maximum amount currently permitted by central government) is equivalent to 8 pence extra per week (at Band D) and would raise £1.2m. This is not ‘additional money’; it will simply offset an expected £1.2m reduction in central government grant. This would leave the Constabulary with £1.6m of savings to find, in addition to the £4m already identified. The recently announced local policing model would be protected but the Chief Constable says this £1.6m would need to come from other operational and support areas of the budget. This would also mean some difficult decisions for the Constabulary.
In addition, if they support an increase, taxpayers are being asked how much they would be prepared to pay if the cap were to be lifted. The options being presented are:
- Up to an extra 19 pence per week (a 4.5% increase)
This would raise £2.8m which, alongside the £4m of savings already identified would, on present projections, balance the budget for next year. This would mean that the frontline local policing model announced in October would be protected.
- Up to an extra 25 pence per week (a 6% increase)
This would raise £3.6m and, alongside the £4m of savings already identified, would enable the budget to be balanced. This option would provide an opportunity, on present projections, to make some modest increases in local policing.
- Up to an extra 50 pence per week (a 12% increase)
This would raise £7.2m and enable significant additional investment in frontline local and operational policing.
The consultation will run until Friday 22 December and people can have their say via an online survey or by getting in contact with the Norfolk PCC office. Hard copies of the survey are also available on request.
The PCC will take his budget proposals to the Norfolk Police and Crime Panel on 6 February 2018.
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