Grant for parish councils to maintain cemeteries, war memorials and recreation grounds may be abolished

12:06 15 January 2014

fenland Hall county road

fenland Hall county road

Archant

A grant which helps Fenland’s parish councils maintain cemeteries, recreation grounds, war memorials and street lights may be scrapped within three years.

The Concurrent Functions Grants, which add up to £62,550 for 2013/4, are paid annually by Fenland District Council to the district’s 12 parish councils to help them with the cost of services under their authority.

But, under proposals which will be debated by FDC’s Cabinet next Thursday, these payments would be reduced and then abolished.

The total grant paid would drop to £41,700 in 2014/5, £20,850 in 2015/6 and be scrapped in 2016/7.

The grants, which were introduced in 1974, have previously been safeguarded despite Fenland District Council having to save more than £6 million over the past four years.

But further savings of more than £2 million need to be found over the next two years.

0 comments

More news stories

28 minutes ago
Man has his car seized in Wisbech for being twice the legal limit and being disqualified

A man was arrested in Wisbech yesterday for being twice the legal limit, disqualified from driving and without insurance.

Yesterday, 16:48
Doddington Community Hospital

Out-patient clinics at Doddington Hospital and Ely’s Princess of Wales Hospital are at risk unless a new provider can be found.

Yesterday, 15:43
Alan Hocking (centre) with Fenland District Councillor Mike Cornwell and Sunshine Coast Mayor Mark Jamieson

They are 12,000 km apart but the town of March and the town of Nambour, Australia, came together to honour the selfless act of courage by a 21-year-old serviceman.

25 minutes ago
Volunteers are encouraging people to Go Green for Macmillan in March

A week of fund raising is coming to March to help support people diagnosed with cancer.

Most read stories

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Cambs Times e-edition E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up