SEDGEMOOR DISTRICT COUNCIL
Mark and Wedmore Ward
Polly Costello – firstname.lastname@example.org 01934 713564
Will Human – email@example.com 01278 641795
Will attended the Audit and Governance Committee on 30 July on its first meeting of the new financial year. The committee considers reports from the accounts Auditors (Grant Thornton) then other reports from the finance team and South West Audit Partnership (SWAP). The Accountants reported that finances were in order and well managed. They are also confirmed that the District is good value for money and a viable ongoing concern. This is very important in this economic climate of reducing Government expenditure and focus on reducing Local Authority rent rates. The Council remains committed to delivering good services within budget.
The SWAP audit looks at ‘risk’. This is the risk that procedures could lead to mismanagement, fraud etc. The conclusion was that there were no high risk items to report and that the items reported were being dealt with swiftly and diligently. They reported that the officers for the areas of improvement required, took their suggestions seriously, openly and with a positive outlook….a very healthy relationship between the auditors and District Officers was frequently mentioned.
At the Drainage Board meeting, it was highlighted that the current lack of rainfall is having a severe impact on rivers and waterways across the UK. Special measures have been issued to farmers and these have been communicated directly. However, should members of the public notice any fish stocks in distress then they are asked to contact the Environment Agency Hotline - 0800 80 70 60 – and report their findings.
MARK PARISH COUNCIL
The Village Hall area is a showpiece of Mark for those who live here, for the bowling club and for the clubs, organisations and individuals from outside the Parish who use its facilities for private and recreational activities. The grounds are looked after by the MCA, but, regrettably, their efforts can be undermined by a few careless people. The toddler area is generally kept litter free and most dog owners/guardians are generally responsible while using the grassed pitch, although someone recently left a small used package near a goalpost. The worst area is around the youth shelter where there does seem to be a marked reluctance to deposit rubbish into one of the four waste bins dispersed around the grounds (the nearest being alongside the shelter). This often results in an eyesore litter blown by the wind to other parts of the Village Hall area. Please be a good neighbour, don’t litter. Please deposit rubbish into waste bins.
The Somerset County Council Traffic Engineer for Sedgemoor Area recently reported:
PLANNING PORTFOLIO (33/18)
The affordable housing project at Tucker’s Close, opposite Northwick Crescent, is scheduled to be opened on 13 September. Other dates are:
The boarding element of Mark College closed in June with some children moving to Shapwick House. Regrettably, this has resulted in several redundancies. The College, which is managed by Priory Education and Schools Services was heavily criticised in an Ofsted report for several deficiencies.
NEXT PARISH MEETING
PLEASE NOTE. The next Parish Council Meeting will be held on Tuesday 4 September 2018 at the Church Hall starting at 6.30pm.
Nick van der Bijl
Mark Parish Council