Aveton Gifford Parish Council

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

When smaller authorities have finished preparing accounts for the financial year and approved them, they must publish them (please see Accounts 2023/2024). 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. The period for Aveton Gifford is running from 11/06/2024 – 22/07/2024.

Please see the documents below for more information:

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    Accounts 2023/2024

    The Parish Council is the first tier of Local Government and is here to help the village.

    We have responsibility for getting the grass cut, keeping the communal trees tidy, monitoring and responding to planning applications among, managing the parish mornings and swimming pool and helping to organise village events amongst many other things.

    Nine Councillors serve on the Parish Council and give their time.  None collect any form of allowance (although travel costs for meetings outside the Parish are reimbursed).

    Meetings

    The parish council meets monthly, usually on the first Thursday in the month. Meetings are held in the village hall and start at 7.30 pm.

    All parishioners are most welcome to attend, however all meetings have to be formally conducted; if you wish to raise a point or speak at a meeting it will be necessary to notify the Clerk before the meeting  (contact details below).

    Agenda and minutes of meetings are posted on this website (See Agenda’s & Minutes)  and the notice boards opposite the school, at Icy Park and Bridge End

    Meeting schedule

    Meetings will be held on:

    • 4th January
    • 1st February
    • 7th March
    • 4th April
    • 8th May (Annual Parish Meeting and Annual Meeting of the Parish Council)
    • 6th June
    • 4th July
    • 1st August
    • 5th September
    • 3rd October
    • 7th November
    • 5th December
    • 8th January (Please note: This meeting is being held on a Wednesday due to the 1st Thursday falling so soon after the holidays)
    • 6th February
    • 6th March

    Annual Meeting

    Every year in May the parish holds its Annual Meetings. The Annual Meeting of the Council is a shortened parish council meeting with a reduced agenda for business; this is the meeting at which all councillors are elected to the statutory positions for the year, ie. Chair, Vice Chair and sub-committees, and the representatives for tree warden, village hall, Parish Paths Partnership are also confirmed. After this the Annual Parish Meeting follows. It is not a parish council meeting, although for convenience it is chaired by the PC chairman; every organisation within the parish, for example the allotment association, the WI, the village hall and heritage group, also the school, the Hive, St Andrew’s PCC and representatives of public bodies like the police can give their report to the public on the year’s events. The meeting, like all the parish council meetings throughout the year, is open to all parishioners, and is their chance to find out more about what goes on in the parish.

    Interested in becoming a councillor – the council needs you…

    We’ve heard recently from SHDC that we can now co-opt a new parish councillor as this is the step we need to take to fill the vacancy following Sarah Harcus’s move from the parish. Anybody can be a councillor as long as you are a citizen of the UK, Commonwealth, or a Member State of the EU, and you must also be over 18. You should be on the electoral register for this parish, and for the past 12 months have lived, worked or rented/tenanted land or other premises in the parish (not just the village) or lived within 3 miles of the parish boundary.

    You don’t need any special skills, the more varied the range of interests, abilities and ages of our councillors the better. Some people are very practical or enjoy problem solving, others are happier with accounts or reports or have business experience, but the most important thing is to care about the community, and be willing to take an active role.

    There are monthly meetings but councillors don’t have to attend every single one, some absences are unavoidable and you are allowed time off!

    If you think you might like to join us please get in touch with any of our present councillors (David Davis Berry, Peter Smith, Pete Wade, Rosie Warrillow, Ros Brousson, Louis Bodmer, Mark Smith or Niki Harrop) or our clerk Amy Clayton clerk@aveton-gifford.co.uk to see what’s involved.

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