Wednesday, 30 April 2014

Conference at Chicksands

I attended Town and Parish conference yesterday at Chicksands, Central Bedfordshire Council HQ.

Discussed were:
Health Review. Local health authority are consulting on the ways that they will have to cut their cloth and deploy future services. You should check this out online and try and have your say on this. It affects Central Beds, Bedford, Milton Keynes.

Cemeteries
The main thrust was why are parishes charging very silly low prices for exclusive right of burial, when the money raised goes nowhere near paying for upkeep of a plot for 75 years? Why don't we charge prices akin to Bedford and Luton, even if we don't go to the dizzy heights of London Borough authorities. Convincing arguments. I liked the message that says don't look over the fence at other parishes to see what they are doing, because they are probably pricing it incorrectly as well. Essentially crematoriums run at a profit, cemeteries run at a loss subsidised by council taxpayers.

Digital cameras.
Highways have got cash to update some of the three dozen or so film cameras in the area but can't do them all in digital yet, but if parishes want to partner with them to pay for poles and some sort of internet link, they may be able to work something out. And they will possibly be moving to average speed cameras on roads like the A6. Lot of discussion over a badly written drafted letter sent round to Parishes earlier.

Fibrilators
If a hundred people read this post, one of you will have a heart attack in the next three months.
Fibrilators cost about 2k, the message is, do we want to provide one for the town to use, because they save lives. How they work, why they work, and where they can be put was all explained. They get my vote.

Apologies for any misplaced facts. This is all off the top of my head and I wrote no notes.

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