Parish Council Accounts and Audit

The Local Audit & Accountability Act 2014 and the Accounts & Audit Regulations 2015 set out the responsibilities of all local councils in respect of their accounting and auditing procedures.
Each year, the Council’s financial accounts and statements are examined by an independent ‘internal’ auditor appointed by the Council.
The Council is also required to complete an ‘Annual Return’ which includes the findings of the Internal Auditor, together with Governance Statements and Financial Statements. This Annual Return is then submitted to another independent ‘external’ auditor for examination.
As part of this process, the Council must publish the unaudited Annual Return and must make arrangements for a period in which interested persons can inspect the Council’s accounts and related documents. If you are a registered local government elector (i.e. you appear on the electoral register for the area covered by the Council) you can also ask questions about the accounts and object to them

The Parish Council’s Annual Return was approved by the Parish Council at the meeting on 10 June. The period for the exercise of electors’ rights to inspect the accounts begins on Monday 17 June and ends on Friday 26 July during office hours or by prior appointment. Further information is available here:

Notice of public rights and audit
Annual Governance Statement and Accounting Statement
Local Authority Accounts: a Summary of your Rights

PARISH COUNCIL MEETING MONDAY 13 MAY

Agenda – 13 May
Draft minutes, PC meeting of 8 April
Parish Council Meeting schedule for April 2019-May 2020

Planning and Licencing applications (opens application details in Sedgemoor Planning or Sedgemoor Licencing website page)
· 36/19/000010 – 6 Mill Close Nether Stowey – Conversion of existing garage to living accommodation and erection of a single storey extension to rear (South West) on site of existing conservatory (to be demolished)
· 36/19/000011 – Millburn, Jacksons Lane, Nether Stowey – Outline application with some matters reserved, for the erection of a dwelling and formation of access and parking.
· Licencing Application – Inwood Farm (Quantock Lake), Nether Stowey

Cricketer Farm Site Development – update

This is an important consultation for the village. The Parish Council are aware that some households may not have received details direct from the developers, Strongvox Homes. This is the information you have missed!

Since the announcement of the consultation, a number of questions have been raised. Click here for the Parish Council’s comments on the most often mentioned.

Proposals for the development of Cricketer Farm Site are available here:
https://netherstoweyconsultation.com. You can send comments to Strongvox Homes using the “Have your Say” link on their website, or you can send an e-mail direct to them at hello@netherstoweyconsultation.com. Their will also be two events in the village at which you can find out more, ask questions and make your comments (see below).
PLEASE NOTE: This is NOT the formal planning application. This consultation should assist Strongvox Homes to formulate their future planning application.

Elections on 2 and 23 May 2019

Parish Council election result Notice of Uncontested election

District Council Election takes place on 2 May
Registration for this election closed on 12 April and it is now too late to apply for a postal or proxy vote. If you are registered and need an emergency proxy vote you need to apply by 5pm on 2 May. Contact Electoral Services on 0300 303 7800 or by e-mail to electoral.services@sedgemoor.gov.uk.

European Parliamentary Elections take place on 23 May (if the UK is still an EU member)
If you are not already registered, the closing date for registration is Tuesday 7 May. You can register online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote or contact Electoral Services as above. Deadlines for postal and proxy votes have not yet been announced.
For more information on European elections follow the link to the EU’s website

For more information
Your Vote Matters is a place where you will find everything you need to know about registering to vote and voting in elections in the UK. Your Vote Matters is a website run by the Electoral Commission and provides impartial information.

Parish and District Elections – Statements of Persons Nominated

For details of nominations for all Parishes/Districts click the links to the Sedgemoor District Council website below:

Are you registered to vote? You must be registered by midnight on Friday 12 April to vote. You can register online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote – it only takes 5 minutes. Make sure you have your National Insurance number to hand.  Alternatively contact Sedgemoor District Council – tel 0300 303 7800 or electoral.services@sedgemoor.gov.uk

The last day to apply for a postal vote is 5pm on Monday 15 April. The last day to apply for a proxy vote is 5pm on Wednesday 24 April. Details of how to apply are available here or contact Electoral Services as above.