Minutes of the EXTRAORDINARY PARISH COUNCIL MEETING held on the 9th December 2020 at 7pm remotely through Zoom.

Present:  Cllr P Morgan (Chair), Cllr I Wroth & Cllr J Penn.
In attendance:  Mrs S Roberts (Clerk) and 1 member of the public.
Public participation – questions and answers from the public.
There were no questions from the public.

1.    To receive apologies for absence
    Apologies were received from P Pearson, H Wroth and S Mills, these were approved.

2.    To receive declarations of interests
Cllr I Wroth declared a non-prejudicial interest in the setting of the Precept due to living in the Parish.
3.    Consider the draft budget for 2021/22
The council considered the budget and discussed the proposed expenditure.  It was noted the increase for donations due to Preshute School plans to upgrade the playground, the exact amount is to be agreed once their plans are finalised.
The council discussed current donations and considered Friends of the Ridgeway, Action for the River Kennet, Marlborough Area Poverty Action Group and the Free School Meals for Kids.  It was agreed to put this item on the agenda for the January meeting.  Action Clerk
The Preshute Neighbourhood Plan will require some funding although it is hoped there may be some grant money available.
The Clerk advised she had recently been on a budgeting training course where among other things reserves had been discussed.  It is now considered appropriate for councils to hold a minimum of a quarter of the Precept in reserves and acceptable to hold up to 12 months.  Anything over and above the Precept should be earmarked for a particular purpose.  It was agreed it would be appropriate to leave the Precept at the existing level taking into consideration the current bank balance and future expenditure.  The Council resolved to approve the draft budget.        Cllr P Morgan proposed & Cllr J Penn seconded.

4.    Set the Precept for 2021/22
The council agreed to set the Precept at £4015.  This would be a decrease of £6.00 taking into consideration the Tax Base provided by Wiltshire Council and would show on the Council Tax bills as a zero % change from 2020/21.  Cllr I Wroth proposed & Cllr J Penn seconded.

5.    Review the Asset Register
Preshute Parish Council currently own 2 assets, the bus shelter and the noticeboard.  It was noted the value of the noticeboard would increase next year due to the board being replaced this month.

6.    Approve the updated Risk Assessment.
The council reviewed the Risk Assessment. Pandemic has been added to the register. 

The meeting closed at 7.45pm.                    This is the last page of the minutes.
The next full meeting of the Parish Council will be held on Tuesday 26th January 2021