We require ALL parish and town councils to consult the community about how NHB allocations for their areas should be spent and to provide evidence that they have done so. For allocations of £10,000 and over we will expect a greater level of consultation. See sections 8.5 and 8.7 of the protocol.
We will generally expect allocations over £10,000 to be used for new community facilities and services, or significant expansions to existing ones, rather than being spent on lots of small items or activities (section 8.6 of the protocol).
Ways to consult with the community:
- Article in the parish magazine
- Posters on notice boards, in the local shops, pubs etc
- Hold a public meeting
- Leaflet drop to all residents
- On parish/town Website
- Through social media
- You may also email residents as long as posters, notices, articles are placed in parish magazines
What to include in the leaflet/letter/article:
- You've been allocated around £…….. New Homes Bonus to spend on projects that benefit the community.
- Your Parish Council would like it to be spent on ……. (give example of your project idea)
- A short paragraph about why the Parish Council thinks this is the best use of the money and what the benefits are.
- Ask for ideas what residents think the NHB should be spent on
- Include ideas of what other parish councils have spent their NHB on.
Examples of posters/notices.
Money! How would you spend it?
Due to the New Homes Bonus, Wyre Piddle Parish Council is likely to have access to approximately £9,000 to spend on improving the village. The money will be available over six years (£1,500 per year) and ideas are being sought for what this money could be spent on.
The New Homes Bonus money can be spent on many things as long as the project delivers added, ongoing value to the local community. Generally it is expected that the bonus is spent on tangible projects, such as community facilities and infrastructure, the money can be put towards one large project or divided between many smaller ones.
Examples that of what other villages have spent New Homes Bonus money on are:
Village hall improvements, flood protection schemes, play areas, youth clubs, community transport schemes, car sharing clubs, community orchards, community energy schemes and defibrilators (the money can not be spent on religious buildings).
If you have any ideas for what you would like the money to be spent on please put the details below and place the card in the box in the lobby of the hotel (Piesse of Piddle) by the 5th April.
Think how you want residents to give their views – eg tear off slip, or email address for electronic responses and don't forget to include a deadline date.
Ultimately it is up to the parish council how you decide to consult the community, what we are looking for is clear evidence that they have been consulted about how your New Homes Bonus allocation is spent and that there is support from across the village for what the parish council is proposing to spend it on.
Once the consultations have taken place, include on your proposal the outcome eg how many leaflets were sent out, how many people responded, what ideas were put forward.
Applying for a defibrillator?
Please include on the form the following:
- State exact locations, where they will be sited
- Who and how many people will be trained?
- Does the cost include training?
- What type of defibrillators are they?
- Who will be monitoring and maintaining the defibrillators?
- How will you let the residents know where they are?
Tracy Perkins, Localism and Community Officer
firstname.lastname@example.org 01386 565517