Rainworth council to give more to village

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RAINWORTH councillors have agreed to help keep household bills down and put more cash into their donation budget for organisations like the Citizens Advice Bureau.

As they discussed their yearly accounts, a motion to increase the donation pot from £1,500 to £2,000 was carried.

Parish council clerk Dawn Jones thanked Blidworth and Rainworth county councillor Geoff Merry for his donation of a hedge strimmer and rock salt spreader for use in the winter.

Coun Merry used his divisional fund allowance to pay for the machines.

The accounts were passed by the council six in favour and two against.

Chairman Coun Linda Tift moved to increase the parish precept three per cent in line with inflation:

She said: “Our precept is smaller compared to many and what we do with the money is excellent.”

Councillors voted not to raise the community charge.

The council had a donation request from the Citizens’ Advice Bureau as the Rainworth branch has been closed until further funding can be found.

Members decided to defer a decision and asked Coun Merry to find out if the service could alternate between Blidworth and Rainworth.

Councillors were in favour of donating £50 to the British Legion and £200 start-up money to the Patients’ Participation Group, an organisation which supports people unhappy with their local health service.

A licensing application was agreed by members to extend the village hall licence to allow people to consume alcohol outside during functions. But final approval lies with Newark & Sherwood District Council.

A planning application for a car sales property on Southwell Road East to change use to a car wash was also agreed by the council but final approval lies with Kelham Hall.