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Wembury Parish Emergency Plan- COVID 19

This community incentive is being supported by Wembury Parish Council. If you are medically vulnerable to the covid-19 virus and are having to self isolate then you are able to register for support either now, or in preparation for the future. The community is stepping in and volunteering to help people get supplies and prescriptions, should you be unable to do so via family, friends, neighbours or from deliveries.

Your data will only be used for the purposes of supporting you during this national emergency. Once there is no more need for the group the data will be destroyed. Should you wish to have your data removed prior to this time please let us know and it will be removed. 

Please email wemburyparishemergency@gmail.com with your name, address and phone number 

or ring The Clerk on 01752 863202 

Wembury Parish Council

 

 

NOTICE OF PUBLIC RIGHTS AND PUBLICATION OF UNAUDITED ANNUAL GOVERNANCE & ACCOUNTABILITY RETURN

ACCOUNTS FOR THE YEAR ENDED 31 MARCH 2020

 

Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014 Sections 25, 26 and 27

The Accounts and Audit Regulations 2015 (SI 2015/234)

The Accounts and Audit (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Regulations 2020 (SI 2020/404)

NOTICE

 

1. Date of announcement__7th August 2020

2. Each year the smaller authority’s Annual Governance and Accountability Return (AGAR) needs to be reviewed by an external auditor appointed by Smaller Authorities’ Audit Appointments Ltd. The unaudited AGAR has been published with this notice. As it has yet to be reviewed by the appointed auditor, it is subject to change as a result of that review.

Any person interested has the right to inspect and make copies of the accounting records for the financial year to which the audit relates and all books, deeds, contracts, bills, vouchers, receipts and other documents relating to those records must be made available for inspection by any person interested. For the year ended 31 March 2020, these documents will be available on reasonable notice by application to:

 

(b)  Clerk to the Council, Anne Towill. 11 Cross Park Road, Wembury. PL9 0EU

clerk@wemburyparishcouncil.org

 

 

commencing on (c) __Monday 10th August 2020  

 

 

and ending on (d) __Friday 18th September 2020

 

3. Local government electors and their representatives also have:

 

·        The opportunity to question the appointed auditor about the accounting records; and

·        The right to make an objection which concerns a matter in respect of which the appointed auditor could either make a public interest report or apply to the court for a declaration that an item of account is unlawful. Written notice of an objection must first be given to the auditor and a copy sent to the smaller authority.

 

The appointed auditor can be contacted at the address in paragraph 4 below for this purpose between the above dates only.

 

4. The smaller authority’s AGAR is subject to review by the appointed auditor under the provisions of the Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014, the Accounts and Audit Regulations 2015 and the NAO’s Code of Audit Practice 2015. The appointed auditor is:

 

PKF Littlejohn LLP (Ref: SBA Team)

15 Westferry Circus

Canary Wharf

London E14 4HD

(sba@pkf-littlejohn.com)

 

5. This announcement is made by Anne Towill, Clerk to the Council

 

 

AGAR for External Audit

 

 

 

 

LOCAL AUTHORITY ACCOUNTS: A SUMMARY OF YOUR RIGHTS

 

Please note that this summary applies to all relevant smaller authorities, including local councils, internal drainage boards and ‘other’ smaller authorities.

 

The basic position

 

The Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014 (the Act) governs the work of auditors appointed to smaller authorities. This summary explains the provisions contained in Sections 26 and 27 of the Act. The Act, the Accounts and Audit Regulations 2015 and the Accounts and Audit (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Regulations 2020 also cover the duties, responsibilities and rights of smaller authorities, other organisations and the public concerning the accounts being audited.

As a local elector, or an interested person, you have certain legal rights in respect of the accounting records of smaller authorities. As an interested person you can inspect accounting records and related documents. If you are a local government elector for the area to which the accounts relate you can also ask questions about the accounts and object to them. You do not have to pay directly for exercising your rights. However, any resulting costs incurred by the smaller authority form part of its running costs. Therefore, indirectly, local residents pay for the cost of you exercising your rights through their council tax.

The right to inspect the accounting records

 

Any interested person can inspect the accounting records, which includes but is not limited to local electors. You can inspect the accounting records for the financial year to which the audit relates and all books, deeds, contracts, bills, vouchers, receipts and other documents relating to those records. You can copy all, or part, of these records or documents. Your inspection must be about the accounts, or relate to an item in the accounts. You cannot, for example, inspect or copy documents unrelated to the accounts, or that include personal information (Section 26 (6) – (10) of the Act explains what is meant by personal information). You cannot inspect information which is protected by commercial confidentiality. This is information which would prejudice commercial confidentiality if it was released to the public and there is not, set against this, a very strong reason in the public interest why it should nevertheless be disclosed.

 

When smaller authorities have finished preparing accounts for the financial year and approved them, they must publish them (including on a website). There must be a 30 working day period, called the ‘period for the exercise of public rights’, during which you can exercise your statutory right to inspect the accounting records. Smaller authorities must tell the public, including advertising this on their website, that the accounting records and related documents are available to inspect. By arrangement you will then have 30 working days to inspect and make copies of the accounting records. You may have to pay a copying charge. Legislative changes have been made as a result of the restrictions imposed by the Coronavirus for the 2019/20 reporting year which mean that there is no requirement for a common period for public rights. The period for the exercise of public rights must however commence on or before 1 September 2020. The advertisement must set out the dates of the period for the exercise of public rights, how you can communicate to the smaller authority that you wish to inspect the accounting records and related documents, the name and address of the auditor, and the relevant legislation that governs the inspection of accounts and objections.

 

The right to ask the auditor questions about the accounting records

 

You should first ask your smaller authority about the accounting records, since they hold all the details. If you are a local elector, your right to ask questions of the external auditor is enshrined in law. However, while the auditor will answer your questions where possible, they are not always obliged to do so. For example, the question might be better answered by another organisation, require investigation beyond the auditor’s remit, or involve disproportionate cost (which is borne by the local taxpayer). Give your smaller authority the opportunity first to explain anything in the accounting records that you are unsure about. If you are not satisfied with their explanation, you can question the external auditor about the accounting records.

The law limits the time available for you formally to ask questions. This must be done in the period for the exercise of public rights, so let the external auditor know your concern as soon as possible. The advertisement or notice that tells you the accounting records are available to inspect will also give the period for the exercise of public rights during which you may ask the auditor questions, which here means formally asking questions under the Act. You can ask someone to represent you when asking the external auditor questions.

Before you ask the external auditor any questions, inspect the accounting records fully, so you know what they contain. Please remember that you cannot formally ask questions, under the Act, after the end of the period for the exercise of public rights. You may ask your smaller authority other questions about their accounts for any year, at any time. But these are not questions under the Act.

You can ask the external auditor questions about an item in the accounting records for the financial year being audited. However, your right to ask the external auditor questions is limited. The external auditor can only answer ‘what’ questions, not ‘why’ questions. The external auditor cannot answer questions about policies, finances, procedures or anything else unless it is directly relevant to an item in the accounting records. Remember that your questions must always be about facts, not opinions. To avoid misunderstanding, we recommend that you always put your questions in writing.

The right to make objections at audit

 

You have inspected the accounting records and asked your questions of the smaller authority. Now you may wish to object to the accounts on the basis that an item in them is in your view unlawful or there are matters of wider concern arising from the smaller authority’s finances. A local government elector can ask the external auditor to apply to the High Court for a declaration that an item of account is unlawful, or to issue a report on matters which are in the public interest. You must tell the external auditor which specific item in the accounts you object to and why you think the item is unlawful, or why you think that a public interest report should be made about it. You must provide the external auditor with the evidence you have to support your objection. Disagreeing with income or spending does not make it unlawful. To object to the accounts you must write to the external auditor stating you want to make an objection, including the information and evidence below and you must send a copy to the smaller authority. The notice must include:

 

·        confirmation that you are an elector in the smaller authority’s area;

·        why you are objecting to the accounts and the facts on which you rely;

·        details of any item in the accounts that you think is unlawful; and

·        details of any matter about which you think the external auditor should make a public interest report.

 

Other than it must be in writing, there is no set format for objecting. You can only ask the external auditor to act within the powers available under the Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014.

 

A final word

 

You may not use this ‘right to object’ to make a personal complaint or claim against your smaller authority. You should take such complaints to your local Citizens’ Advice Bureau, local Law Centre or to your solicitor. Smaller authorities, and so local taxpayers, meet the costs of dealing with questions and objections. In deciding whether to take your objection forward, one of a series of factors the auditor must take into account is the cost that will be involved, they will only continue with the objection if it is in the public interest to do so. They may also decide not to consider an objection if they think that it is frivolous or vexatious, or if it repeats an objection already considered. If you appeal to the courts against an auditor’s decision not to apply to the courts for a declaration that an item of account is unlawful, you will have to pay for the action yourself.

 

For more detailed guidance on public rights and the special powers of auditors, copies of the publication Local authority accounts: A guide to your rights are available from the NAO website.

 

If you wish to contact your authority’s appointed external auditor please write to the address in paragraph 4 of the Notice of Public Rights and Publication of Unaudited Annual Governance & Accountability Return.

 

 


 

YCE GRANT RECEIVED!

Wembury Parish Council are pleased to announce that the Yealm Community Energy Fund has granted us £2500 to go towards the planting of hundreds of tree and bush whips. This planting will not only enhance the park and encourage more walking but also contribute to increasing carbon uptake from the atmosphere. As an added bonus the wildlife will also greatly benefit from the increased habitat.

We would like to extend a very big thanks to Yealm Community Energy for their kind grant.

 https://www.yealmenergy.co.uk/news/

WEMBURY PARISH COUNCIL CURRENT NEWS

CURRENT NEWS

Read the draft minutes of the last Wembury Parish Council meetings, to know what the Parish Council is doing for you.

 

NEXT WEMBURY PARISH COUNCIL MEETING

Parish Council Meetings are currently being held online. Please see the relevant page for the details of the link for access

 WEMBURY RECREATION GROUND

Children’s Play Area- This has now been completed. Thanks to the National Lottery for their financial support in this.

The exercise equipment will be sourced once grant funding has been achieved.

Pavilion – A working group has been established to source funding and make decisions. If you would like to be a part of this group please contact Cllr Brown

NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN

If you are interested in where there is likely to be future development within Wembury Parish - then join the Neighbourhood Plan Group to determine the future of Wembury Parish.

Details can be found on their own website:

www.pownplan.org

Or - Email Pownplan


This is the Official Website of Wembury Parish in the South Hams District of Devon which includes:- Wembury, Knighton, Hollacombe, Down Thomas, Heybrook Bay and Wembury Point.

We hope that you find this website useful and helpful in guiding you around the wonderful Parish of Wembury.
Please refer to "About Wembury Parish" for more sources of information

 

FOLLOWING GOVERNMENT GUIDELINES, ALL PLAY AND SPORTS FACILITIES IN WEMBURY RECREATION GROUND ARE CURRENTLY CLOSED. PLEASE DO NOT USE THE FACILITIES OR REMOVE BARRIERS. THIS IS TO KEEP MEMBERS OF THE PARISH SAFE. THEY WILL BE REOPENED AS SOON AS CENTRAL GOVERNMENT SAY IT IS SAFE TO DO SO.

 

Maintenance Work 

We now have a contractor for maintenance around the parish. Please let us know any areas of concern you have using the email address maintenance@wemburyparishcouncil.

Please note that we cannot undertake work on private land or issues coming from private land. Additionally, we may first signpost you to Devon County Council or South Hams District Council if they are responsible. Lastly we cannot currently collect dog poo (though if that changes we will let you know).

For general concerns/compliments or complaints please email clerk@wemburyparishcouncil.org 


 

Wembury Parish Council

The current Chairman is Cllr Dan Brown and the Vice Chairman is Cllr Drought

 




 News & General Informatio

 

On behalf of The Charity of Sir Warwick Hele (who run the Almshouses on the outskirts of Wembury village)

The Trustees of the Charity wish to appoint a Clerk due to the impending resignation of the present post holder. The duties involve responsibility for the administration of and accounting for the six houses and the Chapel in Wembury. The post is unpaid but an adequate allowance is provided to cover all expenses. It takes about two hours a month, but perhaps two or three times a year you have to spend half a day seeing to something, like an AGM with the Trustees or someone moving in or out, or preparing the accounts. Anyone interested is welcome to contact the present Clerk, Robert Rowland on 862264 or e-mail traine.cottages@btopenworld.com Robert will be glad to provide a detailed guide to what is involved.

 

Marie Curie provide Dementia Befriending service covering South Devon and Torbay and are currently recruiting volunteers. We’re looking for friendly and reliable volunteers to support people living with dementia, their families and carers. As a volunteer you will take on a number of simple yet crucial tasks that will make a huge difference, this could be in a family’s home, a care home or out in the community. You will provide one-to-one companionship and support, offer a listening ear, and spend time engaging in everyday conversation, activities or hobbies with the person you are supporting. We will provide you with all the training you need so you can take on the role confidently. If you can spare a few hours per week and would like to support someone living with dementia please call 0800 304 7400 to find out more about the role and how to apply.

 

Speeding Vehicles in Traine Road, Wembury

There appears to be an increase in vehicles driving far too fast along Traine Road in Wembury. The road is narrow with many blind bends and fast moving vehicles are a danger to pedestrians, horses and the drivers themselves. Please avoid driving along Traine Road unless you have to. If you have to, then please drive slowly and be aware of other people and animals that may also be using the road. Please eliminate this dangerous practice.