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Offline Terry Reynolds

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« on: June 27, 2012, 05:53:02 PM »
From what I have been told today, that after the recent boundary changes, the people who live in Greenlands Road, are still paying the parish council tax for the St Phillips parish.  How can this be correct, when asked why, my friend was told we need the money !!!! :wink:



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« Reply #1 on: June 27, 2012, 06:01:21 PM »
From what I have been told today, that after the recent boundary changes, the people who live in Greenlands Road, are still paying the parish council tax for the St Phillips parish.  How can this be correct, when asked why, my friend was told we need the money !!!! :wink:

St philips parish? do you mean Stratton Parish Council whose boundaries are a completely seperate entity from Swindon Borough Council's st phillips ward.....

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« Reply #2 on: June 27, 2012, 10:12:32 PM »
Richard, thanks for your thoughts and the point about the stratton parish council where the boundary lies. I went to a meeting tonight, ref the habokus fiasco, and the chap, Paul, who is the man at the parish council, forget his actual title, I asked, and he told me that the boundary for the borough had changed in that my friend is indeed in the grosehill ward for voting purposes etc, but he is still within the stratton parish boundary as well, so he pays the parish tax as well.. happy days. thanks Richard.

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« Reply #3 on: June 27, 2012, 11:59:05 PM »
I suppose the parish boundary follows the old stratton village parish.not sure which church that might be though.

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« Reply #4 on: June 28, 2012, 12:12:13 AM »
I asked, and he told me that the boundary for the borough had changed in that my friend is indeed in the grosehill ward for voting purposes etc, but he is still within the stratton parish boundary as well, so he pays the parish tax as well.. happy days. thanks Richard.

Out of interest, does your friend still have his council tax bill for 2012/13? I'd be interested to know whether it includes an item for "Swindon non parish area".

I've got one of them on my bill, apparently it cost £18.54 this year. I've never really understood what it is, although some threads (sorry, it's past my bedtime else I'd try and find them) here in recent months have helped me to understand. I think it's because I don't live in an area covered by a parish council, so SBC have to do everything, whereas parish councils do some of those things instead in the areas that they cover.

I would challenge it, but it's only 18 quid and some small change. I could earn a lot more than that in the time it takes me to research and understand the subject, and my time is valuable, not least to me  :)

If your friend is paying tax to the parish council and is also paying SBC for the "non parish area" thing then I think he's being charged twice for the same thing and needs to get a bit of a  :fence: on.

Hopefully he's paying only one or the other, not both, in which case people may have something to say about whether it's done better by parish councils or unitary authorities (e.g. SBC).

That's all I'm going to say on the matter for now. I hope people who understand this subject better than me will chip in and inform us all :popcorn:
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« Reply #5 on: June 28, 2012, 12:28:20 AM »
Special expenses cover a non parished area, and the parish precepts cover the parish. The non parished area is in effect a large parish but without the local representation. You pay one or the other the precepts vary depending in which parish you live and you have local representation.

Compare Haydonwick parish as an example how it provides its allotments, and community centre to those provided by the non parished areas in Moredon.