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Broomfield and Kingswood 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____19 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:

       The Parish Clerk

       Aldiana Broomfield Road,

       Kingswood,

       Kent, ME17 3NZ

commencing on Wednesday 20 August 2020

and ending on Thursday 01 October

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 (e) Pam Bower, Clerk and RFO 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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BROOMFIELD AND KINGSWOOD PARISH COUNCIL

  INSURANCE DOCUMENTATION 2020-21

Schedule of Insurance 2020-21

Employers Liability Certificate 2020-21

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CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)

Should you require information on Coronavirus (COVID-19), please access the NHS website via the following link: 

www.nhs/uk/conditions.coronavirus-covid-19

 If you think you have symptoms please access the NHS online questionnaire page via the following link:

https://111.nhs.uk/covid-19

Further advice and guidance can also be found on the Kent County Council website via the following link:

https://www.kent.gov.uk/social-care-and-health/health/coronavirus

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PARISH COUNCILLOR VACANCY

YOUR PARISH NEEDS YOU …

Broomfield & Kingswood Parish Council

2 COUNCILLOR VACANCIES

Broomfield and Kingswood Parish Council currently has two vacancies for a Councillor and is looking to co-opt 2 people to take on this role. 

You may be just the person your community needs to:

  • Represent the views of local people
  • Bring fresh ideas about local services
  • Help keep our community a good place in which to live

Are you interested in making a difference as you work with and serve your local community, being part of the democratic governance arrangements of the country?

If your answer is yes then, please email or write to the Clerk: Pamela Bower: parishclerk@bandkpc.org, Aldiana, Broomfield Road, Kingswood, Kent, ME17 3NZ, as soon as possible stating your reason for applying.  Please also provide some background information on yourself.

Further information on what the role involves can also be obtained form the Clerk via email, post or telephone: 01622 843741


NOTICE OF CASUAL VACANCY

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that due to the resignation of Councillor Janet Tandy, a vacancy has arisen in the Office of Councillor for the Parish Council.

If by 10 September 2020 a request for an election to fill the vacancy is made in writing to:

The Proper Officer

Maidstone Borough Council

Maidstone House, King Street

Maidstone, Kent

ME15 6JQ

By TEN electors for the Parish, an election will be held to fill the vacancy, otherwise the vacancy will be filled by co-option.

If an election is called, in accordance with the Coronavirus Act 2020 and the 2020 Regulations, Regulation 6 of the 2020 Regulations provide that an election to fill a casual vacancy that would have taken place in the period 16 March 2020 to 5 May 2021 (inclusive) will now take place on 6 May 2021.

Dated: 20 August 2020

Clerk to the Parish Council

 

COVID-19 and the Play Area

The play are will be re-opening following Government advice

on Saturday 4 July 2020

This does not mean that the area or the equipment are virus free

Follow the current distance guideline

Play equipment is not cleaned or disinfected

SO PLEASE:

Wash yours and your children’s hands before and after visiting

Carry hand sanitiser and a bottle of water with you

If the playground is busy, consider coming back another day

STAY SAFE, PROTECT OTHERS AND SAVE LIVES

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The next Parish Council Meeting 

is due to be held on

Monday 21 September 2020 

 at 19:15pm

This is likely to be a virtual meeting.

Residents are welcome to join the meeting

but will need to email the Parish Clerk

to advise that they wish to join the meeting

so that a meeting request can be sent

parishclerk@bandkpc.org

 

                              Parish Clerk – Pam Bower

                                         07719 317702      

                                parishclerk@bandkpc.org

SYNOPSIS OF JOHN LEIGH-PEMBERTON’S PRESENTATION ON THE WESTERN PORTION OF KINGS WOOD

John Leigh-Pemberton is based outside Doddington and makes chestnut fencing that is sold throughout the world. He employs 50 people and gets through about 50-80 acres of chestnut coppice a year. He bought the western portion of Kings Wood about 6 months to a year ago for commercial reasons. He will be able to harvest 5-10 acres every year on 13-year rotation basis.

He has a 20-year management plan with the Forestry Commission and will continue to manage the woods as they have been managed in the past. Some replanting may be needed, and he is currently negotiating with the Forestry Commission re this.

In the woods there are very few young oak trees which is a long-term problem. His plan is to look at the Oaks as blocks of Chestnuts are being coppiced and if they are very damaged, cut them down and plant new ones at the same spot in the woods.

Between Christmas and New Year, he spent time in the woods, met many people and realised how many people use and enjoy the woods. The woods are public place and 99% of those using the woods for recreation are careful and respectful. He is happy to continue with the arrangement that people can walk in the woods as they wish. He will try and keep the tracks open and clear of overhanging branches.

People can help with managing the woods and looking after them:

There is a permanent risk of fly tipping. If people see any fly tipping please could they report it to Pam Bower, the Parish Clerk who will let Mr Leigh-Pemberton know

Motorbikes in the woods – this is a difficult problem to address which can’t be resolved by being aggressive. It is also an offence. The first step is to get the PCSO engaged

The Crater holes have been there a long time and might be where sand or earth has been dug out.

Q & A

  1. When coppicing takes place, what route do the tractors take in and out of the woods? Would it be better to go via Chegworth Road rather than Broomfield Road?

Answer: Mr Leigh-Pemberton agreed this was a very good idea that he would take it on board.

  1. How do you feel about horses being ridden in the woods?

 

Answer: Mr Leigh-Pemberton is happy for this to happen.

 

  1. Could a sign be put up re motorbikes using the woods?

Answer: A conversation needs to be had with the PCSO first.

  1. Lots of mature trees have already been cut down. Is it possible to leave them standing as long as possible so there are no bare patches?

 

Answer: The Forestry Commission wants them cut down and new ones planted straight away at the same spot as Oak trees are difficult to grow in Chestnut woods

 

  1. Did you manage to ascertain what the blue powder is in the woods?

 

Answer: Mr Leigh-Pemberton advised he thought it probably was paint laid out to mark a walking path and that it would not be harmful to dogs.

 

  1. What about the deep grooves left by tractors in the woods?

Answer: The Autumn was very wet which does not help the tractors. When it dries up Mr Leigh-Pemberton advised that he intends to get some stone and make the grooves up.

  1. What are the orange circles on certain trees?

 

Answer: These trees marked in orange are to be considered in a tree safety survey.

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A message from Shellina Prendergast

Please find below, a link to the latest email newsletter from Kent County Council –

https://mailchi.mp/kent.gov.uk/updates-from-kent-county-council-230720

I would encourage you to sign up to receive these newsletters as I feel that the newsletter would be a really good way for KCC to inform and advise particularly if there is any local escalation in Covid transmission.

I have touched on the Moving Forward for Kent campaign in the newsletter – a great initiative by the KCC Economic Development and Kent Communications teams designed to get the Kent economy back on its feet again and support businesses in Kent.  An easily accessible toolkit, which can be downloaded here https://www.kent.gov.uk/business/moving-forward-for-kent, provides all the information and marketing assets needed to be part of this county wide support of a single message that we can, and will, recover from this pandemic as a county.  I have been involved in this from inception as part of her cabinet portfolio, and am delighted that, just a few weeks after the launch, it has been taken up by tens of business across Kent using not just the hashtag but also some of the visuals provided by the team.  You will know your local businesses better than anyone and I would be grateful if you could find a way of sharing details with them also.  On the same note, I am sure you will share my pleasure at seeing our high streets in our villages coming back to life again for the first time in many months – such an important step towards recovering from this pandemic.

Whilst much has gone into the response and now recovery of the county, I would like to assure you that the focus at KCC has also been very much on the business as usual elements and keeping vital services going especially where it involves looking after those that are vulnerable and need us most.  Some of you may have noticed that there has been a lot of media interest and attention recently – both locally and nationally-  regarding the Council’s work on child protection and Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children – recognising the challenges we face in the county as well as the great things being done across the organisation – a good example can be seen here https://news.sky.com/story/child-protection-referrals-could-soar-by-250-with-lockdown-easing-social-workers-warn-12033079

I hope you find this email and links interesting.  I will continue to update you on matters local to you as they arise but please do let me know if there is anything else I can help with in the meantime.

All the very best

Shellina

Shellina Prendergast

Member for Maidstone Rural East

Cabinet Member for Communications, Engagement and People

For details on how I will use your information please click here for my privacy notice

 The Kent Together helpline is available to support vulnerable people in Kent who need urgent help with things like getting food or collecting prescriptions. Visit: www.kent.gov.uk/KentTogether | Call: 03000 41 92 92

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BUS ISSUES

Kent County Council have launched a new opportunity for passengers to tell Kent County Council about their experiences of using the bus services.

They have a new Bus Feedback Portal available at www.kent.gov.uk/busfeedback where people can provide details on their experiences of the services they use.

This information can then be used by the council to try and improve services through its Quality Bus Partnerships and conversations with bus operators.

Please do use this to report any issues with the 59 bus.

MAIDSTONE FEEDER BUS PILOT

The bus is now operating and timetables should have been distributed to all houses in the Parish.

Please use the service or it will be lost.