What future do we want for the Quantocks? We can be sure that change will continue whether we like it or not. This project brings a wide range of people together to chart a course that embraces the future but preserves the best of our inheritance. Climate change, a changing agricultural economy, different environmental and recreational expectations – if we want to influence the forces driving these changes and make informed decisions for the future this is the time to do so. Through a series of workshops and a wider public consultation we aim to agree what sort of future we all, collectively, want for the Quantocks.
The first workshop was held in December 2021, with a follow up workshop happening in October 2022 and the web-based wider public consultation now open until 31st July. It is important that we bring people together even if they may start with very different views, so we have commissioned an internationally award winning team of specialist environmental facilitators, DialogueMatters, to help us reach a common view and chart a route map to the future.
The survey is now live and there is more information and access to the survey here (at the bottom of the page). You’ll find some supporting documents there as well if you want to do some further research.
Information from Quantock Landscape Partnership Scheme – contacts
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. 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. The period this year is Monday 13 June until Friday 29 July, during office hours or by appointment. Please note the office is unavoidably closed from 18-22 July so the period has been extended by a week from the original dates.
Each year, the Council’s financial accounts and statements are examined by an independent ‘internal’ auditor appointed by the Council to advise them. This year our accounts are being audited by MJ Dodden & Co in Bridgwater.
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, PKF Littlejohn, for examination. The External Auditor is appointed by Smaller Authorities’ Audit Appointments Ltd (SAAA), not the Parish Council.
If you are a registered local government elector (i.e. you appear on the electoral register for the parish) you can also ask questions about the accounts and object to them. Details about your rights are given in Local Authority Accounts: a Summary of your Rights
36/22/00009 – Inwood Farm, Nether Stowey – Request for EIA Screening Opinion for proposed change of use of land from agricultural land to a caravan site of 103 no. caravan pitches, to accommodate Hinkley Point C (HPC) workers on land to the north-east of Inwood Farm, Nether Stowey (Quantock Lakes)
Parish Council meetings are open for the public to attend but are not public meetings. In order to facilitate contributions by members of the public there is a public session at the beginning of the formal meeting. During the public session, members of the public are welcome to address the Council on any matter relating to the agenda or on any other matter that they would like the Parish Council to consider at a future date. It is helpful if you inform the Chairman or the Clerk beforehand of any matter you wish to raise. This is so that the Clerk can have to hand any necessary information. Further details are available on page 2 of the agenda. The Council is not required to give a response to a matter raised during the public session but may do so. Alternatively, the Chairman may direct the Clerk to follow the matter up or give a written response at a later date. Please note that no decisions can be made and no expenditure approved on any item raised during the public session unless the matter has been legally notified on the agenda in advance. At the end of the public participation session, the Chairman will resume the formal meeting under standing orders.
Members of the public are asked to respect the fact that this is a meeting of the Council to conduct Council business. They are not permitted to enter into the debate of agenda items unless invited by the Chairman. In this case, he will temporarily adjourn the meeting to allow that person (only) to speak.
The conduct of Parish Council meetings are governed by the Parish Council’s Standing Orders (amended and re-adopted on 11 October 2021). These are available from the Clerk (by e-mail on request) or on the Council’s website by clicking the document name above.