Ware Town Council

Serving the Local Community

Financial & Transparency Information

Annual Accounts and Audit

The audit for 2015/16 was concluded on 8 September 2016.


Ware Priory Lido Refurbishment

The Priory Charity is seeking tenders for a refurbishment of Ware Priory Lido. The scope of the works will include refurbishment of the existing building, reconfiguration of and improvements to changing rooms, office and reception areas plus improvements to the landscaping surrounding the pool.

Any contractor interested in tendering should contact …

Charlie Laing
Clearplan Project Management
Scotsbridge House
Scots Hill

Telephone: 01923 896550
Email: enquiries@clearplanpm.co.uk

The deadline for receipt of completed tenders is 4pm on Thursday 14 January.

Tudor Square Refurbishment

Contract awarded to D Honour & Son (Landscape) Ltd.

Minor Repairs to Roofs and External Redecoration of Ware Priory

Contract awarded to MITIE Property Services UK Ltd.

Expenditure over £500






Ware Town Council’s organisation chart can be viewed here.

There are currently no vacancies.

Grants and Donations

Each year Ware Town Council awards grants to local organisations, clubs and societies. Last year Ware Town Council awarded grants totally £4,000 to 15 local organisations.

So if you’re thinking about setting up a new group or need funds for a special project this year why not complete and return the application form

The Council’s criteria for awarding grants are:

  • to promote and encourage sports, leisure and cultural facilities
  • to encourage and support local organisations
  • to stimulate and encourage the concept of tourism and to foster civic pride

Grants Awarded to Community Organisations

Community Activities Grant Fund – Open for applications

Please find details below of the Communities Activities Grant Fund which is open to apply until the 28th of October. I would be grateful if you could cascade this information to all eligible groups in your ward. Please note applications will be approaching you for an endorsement.

For more details, including application forms, please visit eastherts.gov.uk/smallgrants

Land owned by Ware Town Council

  • Ware Cemetery, Watton Road and Wulfrath Way
  • Warehouse Field Allotments, Widbury Hill
  • Crosspath Field Allotments, King George Road

As sole Trustee of the Priory Charity, Ware Town Council owns the Priory and grounds including Fletcher’s Lea and Ware Lido.

Council Tax

The Council Tax paid by Ware residents includes the spending requirements of Hertfordshire County Council, East Herts District Council, Hertfordshire Police Authority and Ware Town Council. The District Council is the charging authority responsible for collecting your Council Tax on behalf of all four authorities.

Ware Town Council receives neither revenue support from Central Government, unlike the District and County Councils, nor funding from local businesses and retailers through their business rates, the National Non Domestic Rate. Business rates are collected by the District Council on behalf of the government, reallocated and paid back to the District Council in the form of a grant.

Ware Town Council is funded by Ware householders and from the income generated from the services we provide, for example allotment rents and burial fees. Each year, the Town Council calculates the money it needs to raise to provide its services. Next, we add the level of subsidy paid to the Priory Charity *. We then deduct the income collectable from our activities to leave an amount we require to spend on these services for the year ahead. This sum, called the Precept, is the amount the District Council collects on our behalf as a proportion of the total Council Tax paid by Ware residents. This is then paid to us in two instalments.

For the year ending 31 March 2016, our Precept is £551,748. This is £77.98 per household for a Band D property, an increase of nil. If you live in a Band D house, you will be contributing £77.98 or 5.12% of your total Council Tax Bill of £1,522.86 to Ware Town Council in 2015/16.

* Ware Town Council is the Trustee of the Priory Charity and is responsible for the administration and management of the property of the Charity in accordance with the provisions of the scheme approved by the Charity Commissioners for England and Wales dated 30 August 1989. The Charity’s property includes Ware Priory, Fletcher’s Lea, Priory Lido, Priory Park and Public Conveniences.

Council sets its precept for 2015/16

The Town Council has agreed to set a precept of £551,748 from 1 April 2015. This represents an increase of nil for a Band D property. The net cost of the Town Council’s services can be summarised as follows:

As Trustee of the Priory Building
Priory Building£185,250£243,261£58,011
Priory Grounds, incl Public Conveniences£900£86,674£85,774
Priory Lido£45,150£90,430£45,280
Fletcher’s Lea£63,400£193,504£130,104
Audit Fee£10,000£10,000
Total for Priory Charity£294,700£623,869£329,169
Ware Town Council Services
Closed Churchyard & War Memorial£2,848£2,848
Tourism, Leisure & Amenities£7,200£41,600£34,400
Town Twinning£2,000£2,000
Town Centre CCTV£17,467£17,467
Ware Festival£7,950£17,441£9,491
Subsidy to Priory Charity as above£329,169£329,169
Total for Ware Town Council£173,086£745,857£572,771
Precept for 2015/16£551,748

Annual Reports

An annual report of the Council’s activities is published every year and is presented to the Annual Town Meeting.

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