The primary source of income for most Parish Councils come from the Precept, which is a local tax collected by the District Council on behalf of the Parish Council.
This money is required to run the Council and pay to maintain and improve the facilities, activities and services that local Parish Councils provide and is normally the operational cost difference between expected expenditure and income in any one year. The Council also prudently holds an amount of money in reserve for either future planned projects and/or unexpected events.
The Precept for 2018/2019 is currently £322,200. This equates to £51.68 per household per year or 99p per week.
So what do residents get for their 99p per week?
Here are a few things:-
Access to a Local Councillor
Councillors live within easy distance of residents and are readily contactable. They will help wherever possible or signpost you to someone who can.
These are located at Orient Road.
Annual Residents' Meeting
The Annual Residents' Meeting is held in May for residents to voice their opinions on important issues affecting Lancing. An additional meeting in October is also convened for residents to hear updates of the Council's activities and grants awarded by the Council.
The Council generates income from leasing some 260 beach hut plots at Beach Green and Widewater Lagoon.
Car Parks and Refreshment Kiosks
These are located at Beach Green and Widewater Lagoon (owned and leased out by the Council).
The Council employs 12 members of experienced, well-trained and qualified staff including the Clerk, office staff, groundsmen and caretakers.
Christmas Tree, Lights and Market
The Council is responsible for the Christmas Tree and Christmas Lights along South Street and North Road. The Christmas Market is also organised in conjunction with Adur District Council. The date for the next Christmas Market is Saturday 21 December 2019.
Located at Monks Rec, used in connection with Council maintenance work and home to the Community Bike Project.
Elections take place every four years to allow you to vote for local candidates to sit on the Council. The next elections of the full Council will be held in May 2020.
The Council makes annual provision for Grant Aid (currently £5,000) for which local groups and charities can apply. Applications are considered in September.
Request your Council to lobby Adur District Council, West Sussex County Council or any other authority/organisation in an attempt to ensure that a fair share of the rates you pay to those organisations are spent to the benefit of Lancing or on controversial matters.
The Council helps maintain the Local Nature Reserve at Widewater Lagoon (in conjunction with World of Widewater) and oversees the management of the area.
The Council circulates its quarterly Newsletter to every household in the village.
Notice Boards and Clock
The four Notice Boards are located at the Parish Hall, the old Post Office in North Road, Beach Green and The Broadway for displaying local information, which is regularly updated. The Clock in located on the Old Post Office in North Road.
The Council owns and maintains the Parish Halls on South Street, where many local community groups meet as well as local concerts and theatrical plays are hosted . Also it is home to the Beachside Montessori Nursey and a few other businesses/organisations. Rooms are hired out for a range of private functions and activities.
Headborough Gardens and Wenceling Gardens, located on South Street.
Recreation Grounds and Play Areas
The Council owns and manages 4 recreation grounds. The grass is cut, on average, 28 times a year and the 5 football pitches are marked out and are available for hire to local teams. The Council is also responsible for 4 children's play areas, 2 youth shelters, basketball hoop, skate park, parkour facility and 2 multi-use games areas.
Seats and Litter Bins
Positioned around the recreation grounds, pocket gardens and play areas.
The Council owns and manages approximately two miles of Lancing beach and foreshore from the bandstand at Beach Green, east to Widewater Lagoon. Areas of the beach have been segregated to provide zones for specific activities (such as kite surfing). Additionally, the Council finances a beach patrol which operates along its entire length during the summer.
The right to attend any Council Meeting
Meetings of the Council and its Committees are open to the public (except regarding confidential matters). Time is reserved during every meeting for residents to ask questions and make statements on any item on the agenda of that meeting.
Lancing War Memorial and surrounding flower beds
These are maintained by the Council.