How your Precept is Spent
The parish council is as transparent as possible with its expenditure, if you have questions please contact the parish clerk. Details of the 2017/18 budget can be found here.
Capel Parish Council (CPC) owns a considerable amount of common land in Beare Green, Capel and Coldharbour. Nearly all the verges, green spaces and ditches through the village of Capel are the responsibility of the parish and incur not only anticipated budgeted annual costs but also unforeseen maintenance and repair work which must be dealt with.
CPC has an annual grass cutting contract to maintain Capel Recreation Ground, Bennetts Green and all the surrounding grass verges. CPC is responsible for the grass cutting and ditch clearing on the Beare Green football ground. CPC has also taken on responsibility for the amenity woodland in Markham Park. Misbrooks Green is strimmed along the top of the bridleway, normally twice annually, with the grass on the green being cut bi-annually. The ditches fronting the green along Misbrooks Green Road are also maintained by CPC.
The maintenance of the road/bridleway past Misbrook Cottages is undertaken on a percentage basis with the cottage owners as is the road to the Beare Green Cottages. Footpaths to Capel Recreation ground have to be cut back twice a year and all the wooden foot bridges maintained.
Hedges around the Capel allotments, along Mortimer Road as well as the vegetation around the Beare Green Community Centre and the Beare Green Pavilion car park are all maintained by CPC. The hedges on both sides of Old Horsham Road, Beare Green are the responsibility of CPC as is the pond at the end of Moorhurst Lane.
In Coldharbour CPC owns the triangle of land in front of Roffeys which it cuts twice a year. It pays for the cutting of Christ Church hedge and occasionally contributes to the maintenance of trees in the graveyard and the village clock on Clock Cottage. Although not owned by CPC it gives £1,000.00 towards the upkeep of Coldharbour Sports Pavilion.
Ditches on all the parish land must be monitored and cleared as necessary. Overgrown vegetation, dead and fallen trees also have to be dealt with.
CPC is responsible for the maintenance of the burial ground extension at the rear of St John the Baptist Church in Capel. This includes all grass cutting and strimming; maintenance of boundaries to the north, west and south of the extension with shared responsibility with the diocese for the eastern boundary.
The CPC insurance policy covers the playgrounds in Beare Green (not the playground by Merebank as this is a Mole Valley responsibility), Capel and Coldharbour.
CPC also pays to have the equipment in all three playgrounds checked on a regular basis in order to ensure compliance with the annual Mole Valley safety check and pays for any repairs and maintenance work required. The bark surface has to be replaced every year on the Coldharbour playground and recently the boundary panelling was all replaced. CPC is also responsible for the outdoor gym equipment at Beare Green and Capel.
CPC has purchased and maintains a notice board in each of the 3 villages. It also contributes to the upkeep of the church notice board in Beare Green.
The parish clerk is a full-time, salaried position, in 2017 it was decided not to continue with the parish clerk's assistant position.
Annual costs are largely made up of utility bills, audit, legal and office costs and membership fees as well as the insurance for all parish owned assets. Currently this is £3,550.00 per annum to insure Capel Recreation Ground, Capel Parish Hall and Office, Capel Bowls Club, Capel Sports Pavilion, Beare Green Pavilion and the three childrens' playgrounds.
This is a new fund which has been created by CPC. Applications for funds should be sent to any committee member and will be considered at the next executive committee meeting.
The complete list of the powers and duties of a parish council are available in this document. Within it you will see that the scope of powers is wide, giving the council the legal authority to maintain your parish.