Understanding the Precept. The what?

The Precept is a small amount of the Council Tax paid to the Parish Council by the District Council to enable it to carry it out its functions. This amount can be seen on the Council Tax statement. Each year the Parish Council sends a request to the District Council for an amount which it has identified in its budget as needed for the coming financial year’s business, this is the Precept. The Parish Council is restricted in the ways in which it can use this money, it cannot for instance invest or lend it. Some of the ways in which Quidenham Parish Council uses it are for grass cutting, maintenance of its assets, the Parish Clerk’s salary, insurance, grants to the Garnier Hall for repairs and in other ways not budgeted for but all of which are shown in its accounts. Some of these will include grants for village events and activities for example a village celebration or unforeseen repair to an asset.  The accounts are audited each year by an Internal  Auditor, someone independent of the Council  and can be subjected to a ‘spot’ check by the External Auditor,  in Quidenham’s case PKF Littlejohn of Canary Wharf  who have been appointed by the Government. There is a period of time each year which is advertised during which the accounts may be inspected by any one of the electorate on application to the Parish Clerk.

Home Farm, Quidenham.

An application by the owners to demolish an ancient barn and cartshed.

In August 2020 it was with dismay that the Parish Council learned of a planning application by the owners to demolish the ancient and beautiful barn and cartshed at Home Farm that stands on the Kenninghall Road in Quidenham village. Word quickly spread and the Council was inundated with emails and letters expressing anger and sadness at the loss of a local historical building as a result of the lack of upkeep by the owners.

The protests had the desired effect and to everyone’s relief the application was withdrawn.

However, an application to erect a fence around the buildings followed but this was later withdrawn without explanation. Quidenham Parish Council has no idea what will follow but be sure it will keep a watching brief and report if it becomes aware of any further action being taken.


Demolition of Barn at Home Farm

Plan to demolish the ancient barn and cartshed at Home Farm, Quidenham.

Consultation document no. 3PL/2020/0828/F

Quidenham Parish Council have received news from Breckland District Council of a plan to demolish the beautiful old barn and cartshed at Home Farm, Quidenham.

At present the plan is at the consultation stage and the Council have asked for an extension of the time allowed for this in order to make residents of Quidenham Civil Parish aware of the proposed demolition and to allow time for comment.

If you wish to comment you can do so by accessing the Breckland District Council  website and entering the above planning number and clicking on ‘Search’. It’s not necessary to give any other information other than the planning number.

Please contact Kate Lloyd, the Quidenham Parish Clerk at  [email protected] if you have any queries.