Kings Worthy Parish Council.
Facts & Figures:
Kings Worthy and Abbots Worthy lie 2 miles (3.2km) to the north of Winchester, on the edge of the chalk lands of the Hampshire Downs.
Abbots Worthy is a much smaller village, lying to the east of Kings Worthy and north of the River Itchen.
The two villages became part of the same parish in the 1830s. Kings Worthy is a mixed rural / semi-urban downland parish, with parts of the village, to its south east boundary, designated as a 'Local Gap' in Policy CE.2 of the Winchester District Local Plan (Adopted 2006).
A Local Gap is a locally important area of undeveloped land and open countryside designated by the Local Planning Authority as a means of conserving the separate identity of smaller settlements at risk of merging together and becoming one.
The older parts of Kings Worthy, around Church Lane and London Road are designated a Settlement Conservation Area and the whole of Abbots Worthy was designated a Countryside Conservation Area in 1985, by Winchester City Council, and defined in Policies HE4-HE8 of the WDLP (Adopted 2006).
During weekdays Kings Worthy and Abbots Worthy have a quiet feel, due to a large proportion of their population working outside of the area.
No of Households: 1917 2010) Based on Hampshire County Council Small Area Population Forecasts 2008
Population: 4513 2010) Based on Hampshire County Council Small Area Population Forecasts 2008
District Council: Winchester City Council
Electoral Ward: Kings Worthy
County Council: Hampshire County Council
Electoral Division: Itchen Valley
Parliamentary Constituency: Winchester
European Parliamentary Constituency: South East England
Councillors & Committeess:
There are three committees made up of councillors, dealing with Finance, Recreation & Amenities and Planning. County and City councillors regularly attend Parish meetings to report back on developments in the parish.
Members of the Parish Council are all either elected for a term of four years or if there are not enough people standing at election time, co-opted to serve the community in a voluntary capacity. No Councillor is able to receive any payment other than out of pocket expenses.
People of any political or religious persuasion are eligible to become a Councillor, although their personal views should not extend into their parish council work. They are elected to represent the interests of the local community as a whole and to promote a harmonious local environment.
The number of elected councillors depends on the size of the area. Kings Worthy has 12 councillors. Councillors attend meetings of the full council and participate in committees. Councillors take collective decisions that form the policy of the council.
The affairs of the Parish Council are held in public. Parishioners have a right to receive information on and attend meetings of the Parish Council and to this end the Parish Council produces a Newsletter and maintains this website. You can contact the clerk with any concerns or ideas that will benefit the village and its residents.
The funding for parish councils is allocated by the district council and is taken from the area's council tax; this is called an annual precept. The income and expenditure for the next financial year are calculated in the form of a budget and this amount is added to the local council tax and then returned to the parish.
- Kings Worthy has responsibility for the following;
- Burial Ground at Lovedon Lane
- Bus Shelters
- Community Centre at Tubbs Hall
- Footpaths on Recreation Areas
- General Expenditure: Parish councils can spend a limited amount of money on anything they deem of benefit to the community that is not covered by the other specific responsibilities described in this list
- Gifts: Parish councils may accept gifts
- Legal proceedings: power to prosecute and defend any legal proceedings in the interests of the community, power to take part in any public enquiry.
- Litter: provision of litter-bins and support for any anti-litter campaigns on - Parish Recreation Grounds
- Planning: Parish councils must be notified of any planning applications for the area. Comments submitted to the Planning Authority by the Parish Council must be taken into account
- Recreation: provision of recreation grounds at Eversley Park, Broadview, Church Green, Hinton Park and Fraser Road
- Rights of Way: footpath maintenance