Newhaven Town Council, like many other Town & Parish councils across the UK has seen the real impacts on its residents resulting from the ongoing Pandemic, with people losing their jobs, businesses going under, children missing education and the knock-on effects for families, both socially and economically.
At its Full Council meeting on Thursday 4th February to consider and agree on its Budget and Precept for 2021/22, Town Councillors echoed the concerns of residents from the Town, a Town already experiencing poverty, low employment, low skills, earnings, and health concerns, with these and other issues exacerbated by eleven months of COVID 19.
The Mayor, Cllr. Graham Amy commented “This year has been such an exceptional year for a lot of people who are really struggling in the town, and I have genuine sympathy for them and their situation.”
During the discussion, Cllr. Joe Emery formally proposed that the Council use a portion of its reserves to ensure a zero-percentage increase in its Budget/Precept requirement for 2021/22 and this was unanimously agreed at the meeting.
Cllr. Emery later reiterated his thoughts “As a Paramedic and having the privilege of a regular income, I do believe that in the present situation, this was indeed an opportunity for the council to relieve some of the pressure felt by all residents.”
Newhaven Town Council
There are three tiers of local government with areas of responsibility in Newhaven – East Sussex County Council, Lewes District Council and Newhaven Town Council. Newhaven Town Council is the equivalent of a village parish council. It receives annually a small percentage of the money raised by Council Tax, known as “the Precept”.
Eighteen local people serve as Councillors on the Town Council. They are all volunteers and receive no pay for the work they do on behalf of the town. Elections are held every four years.
There are full meetings of the Town Council about every six weeks throughout the year, which take place at Meeching Hall, in Fort Road. All meetings of the Council are open to the public and there is a short period at the beginning of each meeting put aside for questions from the public and for the receipt of petitions. Please see the list of meetings for further information.