At the Parish Council meeting on 11 December the Councillors agreed to set the annual precept at £7,500 for 2015/16. This is a £1,000 increase on previous years. This increase is due to funding required for a joint Neighbourhood Plan with Felton Parish Council.
The Parish Councils of Thirston and Felton have agreed to approach Northumberland County Council to formally designate the two parishes as a neighbourhood area to enable the Councils to work on a neighbourhood plan. For those who are unaware of neighbourhood plans this is a system which is intended to give local communities more say in planning the development of their areas. Subjects to be covered will likely include housing, employment, shopping, transport, environment and sustainability. All residents will play their part in designing the plan through consultation – what this space.