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BPC Meeting Report - July 2021

Since our last meeting, BPC has been out and about at our local fetes, attending both the Pylewell Park and William Gilpin events. It was great to meet so many of our Parishioners and show plans for the new hall and shop, along with the new play area. Your thoughts and feedback on the play area proposals were extremely helpful.

Following the feedback from the fetes, along with our online consultation, Parish surveys and Councillor reviews of the various vendor offerings, Redlynch were selected to provide the new play equipment. The Council felt that Redlynch offered something different from other local play areas, whilst fitting in with the look and feel of a rural Parish. The Council also received positive feedback from other councils who have installed Redlynch Equipment. The Councils attention will now turn to fund raising for the project, as well as working with Redlynch to produce more detailed designs. These designs will need to be submitted to the NPA for final approval as part of the new hall construction.

Though Redlynch was selected as the primary vendor for the new play equipment, BPC will continue to work with HUCK to enhance the existing cradle and pendulum swing. It was felt to be beneficial to have multiple vendors involved to ensure some level of pricing competition and access to a wider variety of equipment.

The Council was pleased to have Trustees of BWMH attend our meeting to discuss the access requirements for siting and maintaining the new play equipment. The discussion was constructive, and both parties agreed actions to move this issue forward.

The Council held its first formal in person meeting since 2020. It was great to be able to discuss topics face to face and the sunny June evening was perfect for meeting outside. The Council will continue to adapt how its meetings are run based on Government COVID guidelines.

With the rain and warm weather, the verges and hedges in the Parish are flourishing. Parishioners will note that verges will only be cut once by Hampshire Highways to support local wildlife. This is a welcome move and more environmentally friendly in reducing cutting activity. However, BPC would like to remind riparian owners with hedges that run adjacent to a highway that they are responsible for ensuring that hedges are cut back from the highway all year round. BPC has received feedback from concerned Parishioners regarding overgrown hedges, and the Clerk will be following up on this.

BPC were pleased to approve a grant to the New Forest Citizens Advice Bureau who provide helpful services to our Parishioners.

BPC were pleased to confirm the co-option of Mrs Eileen Morton to the Parish Council.

The date for the next Parish Council meeting is August 9th. This will be an in-person meeting. Members of the public are welcome to attend but will be required to follow COVID restrictions when doing so. Due to updated Government guidance, it is not possible for Councillors or the Public to participate remotely.

BPC Meeting Report - June 2021

The Council held its first formal in person meeting since 2020. It was great to be able to discuss topics face to face and the sunny June evening was perfect for meeting outside. The Council will continue to adapt how its meetings are run based on Government COVID guidelines.

With planning permission for the new hall to house the shop being granted, the Council is looking to ensure that there are play facilities available during the construction of the new hall building. To this end, the council agreed to enhance the existing cradle swing with additional junior and toddler swings. These enhanced units will be incorporated into the wider play area once the construction of the hall is completed. An information stand on the new hall and play area will be present at both the South Baddesley and William Gilpin Fetes. We hope to see you there!

Every year, BPC is required to perform an annual audit to ensure compliance with Government legislation. The Council was pleased to hear that the internal auditor approved the audit, and it will now be passed to the external auditor for review. The signed internal audit papers (AGAR) can be found on our website https://boldre.org.uk/parish-council/annual-governance-and-accountability-agar. Further details on the audit can be requested from the Parish Clerk.

BPC has been approached by the Lymington Sprites for permission to use the Recreation Ground over the summer for a limited number of training and friendly games. This is due to the COVID restrictions causing the cricket season to over-run and limiting access to their normal facilities. BPC was pleased to approve this request and support teams which include many people from our Parish.

BPC heard that a number of footpaths require cutting due to the recent rain and warm weather. BPC agreed to contact Hampshire County Council to complete this work. The warm weather has also brought our verges out in bloom. We would request where possible that Parishioners refrain from cutting the wildflowers and grass on verges until later in the year to support our local wildlife.

The Council was pleased to welcome Hampshire County Councillor Barry Dunning to our meeting following his election in May. The council looks forward to working closely with him to highlight issues in the Parish and bring them to the attention of Hampshire CC.

The date for the next Parish Council meeting is July 12th. This will be an in-person meeting. Members of the public are welcome to attend but will be required to follow COVID restrictions when doing so. Due to updated Government guidance, it is not possible for Councillors or the Public to participate remotely.

Notice of Public Rights and Publication of Unaudited Annual Governance & Accountability Return - 2021

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

ACCOUNTS FOR THE YEAR ENDED 31 MARCH 2021
Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014 Sections 26 and 27
The Accounts and Audit Regulations 2015 (SI 2015/234)

1. Date of announcement Thursday 17 June 2021 (a)

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 2021, these documents will be available on reasonable notice by application to:

(b) Peter Lock, Parish Clerk & Responsible Finance Officer
Boldre Parish Council, c/o Community Shop, PILLEY, Lymington, SO41 5QP This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

commencing on (c) Monday 21 June 2021 

and ending on (d) Friday 30 July 2021 

3. Local government electors and their representatives also have:

  • The opportunity to question the appointed auditor about the accountingrecords; 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 (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

5. This announcement is made by (e)

Peter Lock, Parish Clerk & Responsible Finance Officer

BPC Meeting Report - May 2021

Boldre Parish Council May 4th

The Council held its Annual Assembly on May 4th. The Council reviewed it’s key achievements from the last year, including:

  • Establishing a long-term agreement for use of the recreation ground for football with Lymington Sprites,
  • Facilitating the installation of additional road signs to reduce the number of HGVs in the Parish and a mirror to improve safety,
  • Working with the Local Government Boundaries Commission England to ensure Boldre Parish remains as a rural NFDC ward,
  • Working to relocate and replace the Play Area to allow the relocation of the village shop.

As part of this, further details were given about the progress on the play area project to date – you can find these details here: https://boldre.org.uk/parish-council/play-area-relocation.

The formal BPC meeting was abridged due to the need to hold both the May Parish Council meeting and Annual Assembly prior to May 7th when the legislation to permit remote meetings by councils expired. Future meetings will be in person, though the Government is consulting on whether remote meetings can be used in future.

As per Council Standing orders, the yearly process to elect the chair, vice-chair and sub-group chairs took place. The following were elected:

  • Chair - Oliver Moore
  • Vice-Chair – Jacqui England
  • Amenities Chair – Sherwin Small
  • Finance Chair – Oliver Moore
  • Highways Chair – Jacqui England
  • Planning Chair – Alison Bolton
  • Tree Warden (delegated) – Roger Bell

Representations on the following groups was also agreed: NFALC, Consultative Panel, BWMH Committee and National Park South East Quadrant.

Due to the abridged meeting, only planning and finance were discussed. Planning decisions can be found in the meeting minutes published online or attached to the planning decisions on the relevant planning authority website.

The date for the next Parish Council meeting is June 14th. This will be an in-person meeting. Members of the public are welcome to attend but will be required to follow COVID restrictions when doing so. Due to updated Government guidance, it is not possible for Councillors or the Public to participate remotely.