- National Association of Local Councils solicitors have advised that Councils are prohibited from involvement in property relating to the affairs of the church e.g. the maintenance or improvement of buildings or land or contributing to the costs.
- The NALC can find no legal power that enables the Parish Council to fund the cutting of the grass in the Churchyard.
- The Parish Council has the responsibility to consider whether it is prudent to take a course of action that it cannot be certain is legally valid.
- The Church is responsible for the upkeep of the churchyard; they cannot demand the Parish Council cuts the grass.
- If the church thinks they have found a power that would enable the PC to cut the grass they should give sight of it to the PC and EALC will take this power to the NALC solicitors for consideration.
- The grass cutting for the churchyard is £320 per cut at 18 cuts a year it costs £5760
Pay council tax bills over 12 months, not 10
The Government has announced that from April 2013, all councils in England must allow you to pay your council tax over 12 months if you request it.
If you want to change, it's safest to contact Braintree District Council yourself.
How do I do this? Contact BDC during March and tell them you want to change to the new payment schedule.
Telephone 01376 552525
Each council will have its own deadline for switching bills, but local authorities are required to reissue new bills for those switching to payments over 12 months by 15 April 2013, so your deadline to let them know will be before this date.
visit the Environment Agency website http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk/homeandleisure/floods/ or Call Floodline on 0845 988 1188, select option 1 and enter Quickdial number 0363211 to get more information
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