Q: Why does Funtley need a Parish Council?
If we have a Parish Council, we will have more say about what happens in Funtley. For example, if we want to improve the footpaths or adopt traffic calming measures we don’t have to wait for Fareham Borough Council to prioritise it along with all the other requests they get in the Borough.
Parish Councils are legally recognised bodies and as such, they hold more weight when consulted about decisions such as planning applications.
If we have a Funtley Parish Council, it also gives us the right to apply for numerous types of grants in order to do the things we want, to improve our village.
Having a Parish Council will allow us to maintain separation and our own identity as a village, now we know that the Welborne Plan is going ahead.
Q: How is it all funded?
There is a cost called a ‘precept’ which is a small amount added to each households Council Tax. This will give the Parish Council a basic amount of money. However, over and above this, most of the money needed to make the improvements will then come from grants through the government or lottery for example.
Q: It is the same as the Funtley Village Society
No. The FVS will still operate and have a voice as it’s always done – but it’s not a statutory body, so it doesn’t have the same powers as a Parish Council. However, the Parish Council will work closely with FVS to ensure that all residents are represented in any decisions that have to be made.
Q: How do I become a Councillor?
A Parish Councillor is not a paid representative, but a volunteer who wants to represent their community. They are not linked to any political party or any church.
To be a councillor you have to be a British citizen over the age of 18, live in Funtley (or within 3 miles), or work in Funtley. More details are available - please contact us to find out more.
Q: Are the Councillors elected?
Yes. If FBC agree to allow us to form a Parish Council, then they are responsible for organising the election of the Parish Councillors. Councillors serve a term of 4 years. These elections are not related in any way to the normal government or local council elections – as they are non-political.
Q: Where would the boundary of the Parish be?
The Boundary would be from the top of Funtley Hill to half way along River Lane (i.e. inbetween the ‘Funtley’ signs).
Q: Will it help us fight Welborne?
FBC can take up to a year to decide whether or not to grant Funtley Parish status. Planning applications for houses in Welborne are not expected until next year, so the timing means we have a better voice that FBC will have to consult with before any decisions are made.
Q: Are any other local villages Parish Councils?
No. We will be the first in Fareham Borough to become a Parish Council. But locally outside of Fareham, Wickham and Botley are our nearest Parish Councils (in Winchester Borough). The Localism Act (2011) was developed because the Government wants more power to be given to local communities. So if we get enough support from the village, there is a good chance this will happen. In total there are over 11,000 Town or Parish Councils in England and this number is increasing as more communities realise the benefits.
Q: What happens if I don’t agree?
Of course not everyone will agree with us and that's absolutely fine. We have informed all residents of the facts as widely as possible via door knocking, leaflet dropping and our press release as we wanted everyone to hear and understand the proposals. We have found that most residents agree that this is a good move for Funtley and signed our petition, which is why the proposal has now gone to the Council for their consideration.