A Special Meeting of Mark Parish Council was held in Mark Village Hall Car Park, Vole Road, Mark on Tuesday, 9th June 2020 at 7.00 p.m.


Present:- Councillor S. Emary (Chairman), Councillors D. Champion, Mrs E. Corkish, G. Francis, Mrs J. Horn, W. Human, J. Spencer and Mrs J. Weekes with the Clerk.


64. Declarations of Interest


Members had no interests to disclose.


65. 2019/20 Financial Statement


The financial statement for 2019/20 was formally approved.


66. Annual Governance Statement


The Council agreed the Annual Governance Statement for 2019/20 as required by the External Auditors.


67. 2019/20 Accounting Statement


The 2019/20 Accounting Statement required by the External Auditors was formally approved.


68. 2019/20 Internal Audit


It was noted that the 2019/20 Internal Audit had been completed and the Internal Auditor had no issues to raise with Members of the Council.


69. Review of Insurance Cover


The Council reviewed their insurance cover and deemed that no changes were necessary.


70. Covid 19


It was likely that Parish Council Meetings would not be able to take place in the near future and on the advice of the Somerset Association of Local Councils, it was agreed that any necessary decisions in the meantime be delegated to the Clerk in consultation with the Chairman and Vice Chairman.


71. Finance


a) Balance of Accounts


It was reported that the balance of accounts at 1st May were as follows – Current £21,140.96 and Reserve £35,055.96.


b) Authorisation for Payment


The following payments had been made since the last Meeting:-

DD       SDC                                payroll 2019/20                                                    £4,227.85

000901 S. Emary                         Chairman’s expenses re bench                               £214.22

000902 SCC                                Bus service 67 contribution                                 £1,750.00


The following payments were authorised:-


000903 SDC                                dog waste bin servicing                                         £167.23

000904 Smith of Derby               public clock restoration deposit                            £4.627.98

000905 GWB Services               grass cutting                                                              £917.00

000906 Somerset Forge Ltd       fingerpost restoration                                             £2,004.00

000907 Zurich Municipal           insurance premium                                                    £478.83

000908 Parish Clerk                   expenses & sundry payments                                    £301.28


72. Planning Applications


There were no new planning applications to consider.


73. Jubilee Green


It was noted that the young saplings planted earlier in the year at Jubilee Green were not in a healthy condition and might need replacing in the autumn, possibly in a different position.


74. Local Authority Reorganisation


The Chairman reported that consultations were being undertaken on local government reorganisation. It was felt that the best option would be greater co-operation between the County Council and four District Councils rather than a single Unitary Authority for Somerset.


75. Appreciation


The Chairman thanked Members of the Council and Clerk for their help and support during the past year and, in turn, the Chairman was thanked for his hard work on behalf of the Council.



The Meeting closed at 7.20 p.m.




















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