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Vacancy – Parish Clerk & RFO

Tysoe Parish Council is looking to appoint a Parish Clerk and Responsible Finance Officer to undertake the administration and financial management of the Council. The Council is seeking a candidate with good organisational, secretarial and administrative skills and with good numerical and financial acumen. The role is part-time (9 hours per week) and permanent.  Applicants should live within 15 miles of the village and have an understanding of rural issues.

Key Areas –

Meetings, Policies & Procedures – Manage the monthly meetings of the Council including preparing the agenda, taking the minutes, advising Councillors on procedural/legal matters and progressing actions. This will include attendance at and administration of the Council’s Committees.

Planning Applications – Ensure planning applications are circulated to Councillors, and after consideration by the Council, submit responses to the Local Authorities in accordance with timescales and policies.

Finances – Manage the Council’s finances; preparation of quarterly financial statements, payment of invoices, banking, end of year accounts, submission of accounts for internal and external audit, VAT reclaim, preparing for budget review and precept determination.  Scribe is used for financial accounting and training will be provided. Previous experience in accounts is a requirement of the role.

Administration – Deal with correspondence, draft public notices and undertake all necessary administration of the Council. Administer, regularly up-date and review the Council’s website.

Candidates must have at least a year of admin/secretarial work and possess a high standard of oral and written communication skills, be proficient in Microsoft Office (particularly Word and Excel). They should be capable of working independently without supervision and have the ability to deal with a range of issues. Good interpersonal skills are key as the Parish Clerk is in regular contact with parishioners, suppliers and other agencies. Experience in a similar role or knowledge of Local Council would be an advantage. Experience of website maintenance preferable; training will be provided if necessary.  A laptop is provided for the role.

Salary:  NJC Scale LC1 or 2 scale points 5 to 21 (£10.04 to £13.74 per hour), starting point depending upon experience, CiLCA qualification and transferable skills.

Please contact the Parish Clerk/RFO for more details and a full job description parish.clerk@tysoe.org.uk

Cllrs Alison Cross or Jane Millward would be pleased to have an initial discussion with interested candidates, and this can be arranged through the Parish Clerk.

Application is by CV and written statement of no more than 2 sides of A4, setting out how you meet the person specification for the role. Please send your application to parish.clerk@tysoe.org.uk

 

Application deadline: 06/08/2021

Concessionary (over 65s) Parking Permit

Due to the rising costs of operating and maintaining car parks and keeping streets clean, Stratford District Council is carrying out a short public consultation exercise with concessionary permit holders.

The Council is looking at the concessionary (over 65s) parking permit, which is currently available at £10 per year.

Some of the permits are currently misused, with the friends and family of permit holders using the registered vehicle on a regular basis. Also, a number of permit holders are still working full-time in Stratford Town Centre (but are only paying £10 per annum for the privilege to park for up to 40 hours a week). The proposal to abolish the concessionary permit is one of equity and administration costs, rather than income generation.

The Council has carried out a benchmarking exercise on concessionary (over 65s) parking permits. Out of fifteen comparable local authorities in the Midlands and South West region, only two offer such a permit – Wychavon District Council at £100 per year and Wyre Forest District Council at £175 per year. Interestingly, around 54% of permit holders in Stratford-on-Avon District have a CV37 (Stratford-upon-Avon) postcode, which goes against the Council’s aim of Stratford-on-Avon District being carbon neutral by 2030.

We are also looking at how often you use the permit and the reasons for doing so.

 

To respond to this Consultation you can feedback in the following ways:

 

 

  • Request a paper copy of the survey by telephoning Stratford-on-Avon District Council on 01789 267575

 

  • Writing to us at (no stamp required) Freepost RTJX-GHEE-ZUCS, Stratford-on-Avon District Council, Consultation Unit, Elizabeth House, Church Street, STRATFORD-UPON-AVON, CV37 6HX

 

Closing date is Friday 26th March 2021.

Forestry work on Upton Estate Summer 2021

As we are sure many of you are aware Ash dieback is highly destructive disease which has become an increasing problem in England. It is a fungal disease which weakens them before they die. Ash Dieback (Chalara) has severely affected much of the Ash on the estate and as such we are required to carry out some substantial felling at the bottom and east of Sunrising Hill to remove the tees before they become dangerous and a greater risk to people using the footpaths and bridleways. Please be assured that this felling will be followed by a replanting scheme which is approved by the Forestry Commission.

In order to keep everyone safe while the work is taking place the public routes through the woodland are being temporarily diverted and a plan of the temporary routes is attached. These new routes will be sign posted and the original routes will be reinstated as soon as work in the immediate vicinity has been completed. We would be grateful if anyone using these paths does stick to the temporary routes for their own safety.

The felling work is due to commence this week and we envisage it will take approximately 6 weeks although the footpath diversions won’t be required for the full 6 weeks. The replanting work will take place later this year or early next year.

The forestry work will be carried out under the supervision of Nicholsons forestry team. If you have any queries regarding any of this information please do not hesitate to contact Tim Shardlow at Nicholsons tim@nicholsonsgb.com or the Estate Office at Upton Estate on 01295 670 538.

Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience caused by the temporary footpath/bridleway diversions.

Many thanks,

Upton Estate

Notice of Public Rights 2020-21

  1. Date of announcement 25 June 2021
  2. Each year the smaller authority’s Annual Governance and Accountability Return (AGAR) needs to be reviewed by an external auditor appointed by Smaller Authorities’ Audit Appointments Ltd. The unaudited AGAR has been published with this notice. As it has yet to be reviewed by the appointed auditor, it is subject to change as a result of that review.

Any person interested has the right to inspect and make copies of the accounting records for the financial year to which the audit relates and all books, deeds, contracts, bills, vouchers, receipts and other documents relating to those records must be made available for inspection by any person interested. For the year ended 31 March 2021, these documents will be available on reasonable notice by written application to:

The Parish Clerk, 6 Middleton Close, Tysoe, CV35 0SS or by email to parish.clerk@tysoe.org.uk

commencing on Monday 28 June 2021 and ending on Friday 6 August 2021

  1. Local government electors and their representatives also have:
  • The opportunity to question the appointed auditor about the accounting records; and
  • The right to make an objection which concerns a matter in respect of which the appointed auditor could either make a public interest report or apply to the court for a declaration that an item of account is unlawful. Written notice of an objection must first be given to the auditor and a copy sent to the smaller authority.

The appointed auditor can be contacted at the address in paragraph 4 below for this purpose between the above dates only.

  1. The smaller authority’s AGAR is subject to review by the appointed auditor under the provisions of the Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014, the Accounts and Audit Regulations 2015 and the NAO’s Code of Audit Practice 2015. The appointed auditor is:

PKF Littlejohn LLP (Ref: SBA Team), 15 Westferry Circus, Canary Wharf, London E14 4HD, (sba@pkf-l.com)

  1. This announcement is made by (e) Beverley Thorpe, Parish Clerk and RFO.

Response to Mark Roberts, Loxton Developments

On 12 January Mark Roberts, Loxton Developments, posted a message on Tysoe Village Noticeboard Facebook page (12) Tysoe Village Noticeboard | Facebook  Tysoe Parish Council have agreed the following response.

The permission granted for the development on the Meadow Lane site originally included 3 affordable homes as was required under the District Council’s Core Strategy policies. Mr Roberts purchased the site with this permission and re-applied for permission to take out the affordable homes, against the wishes of the PC, and agreed to pay SDC a sum of money under a S.106 agreement, this he has now done. The PC and the then District Council Ward Member for Tysoe negotiated with SDC to have this sum ear-marked for use in Tysoe within three years of it being paid. The money must be used to fund an affordable housing scheme in the village. If it is not used within three years, it will go into SDC’s central pot of S.106 money to be used elsewhere in the District. So, instead of getting the affordable housing that the PC and village wanted we have a sum of money available to part fund a scheme if we can find one that fits the bill. The PC have been in discussion with SDC for about two years now and SDC will not allow the money to be used on a scheme that is put forward as a mixed market/affordable development unless there is significant “additionality” – i.e., the affordable homes are of very high specification or represent significantly more than the minimum required under SDC’s policy. However, SDC would consider the use of the funds in the case of a “community lead” scheme whereby the homes were predominantly affordable rather than market homes.

Mr Roberts refers to an area to the rear of the Meadow Lane site as a possible development site. No offer has ever been made by Mr Roberts to the Parish Council regarding this land. Residents have consistently objected to any development on this site during numerous and lengthy consultations on the Neighbourhood Plan. That site is now part of the Strategic Gap proposed in our Plan and is outside the proposed Built-up Area Boundary and as such is protected from development.

The other monies that Mr Roberts referred to, which he was obliged to pay as part of his development permission, will be utilised by the PC to improve various facilities in the village in due course. It is certainly not unusual for such funds to accompany a development of this sort.

We would rather have had the three affordable homes that were originally granted permission for on the site, but we are where we are and will do all we can to utilise the £500,000 that was paid to SDC in lieu of building the affordable homes. Residents should be aware that the PC has formed a new Affordable Homes sub-committee to pursue all opportunities to introduce much needed affordable homes into the village and we have been working with Cameron Homes on their proposed development scheme off Sandpits Road to ensure that it includes adequate affordable houses for residents or those with a close association with the village.

8th February 2021

 

Your views on new Health & Wellbeing Hub Requested

South Warwickshire Health and Wellbeing Partnership  in partnership with Healthwatch Warwickshire are asking for your views on the services you would like to see at the new Health and Wellbeing Hub on the Ellen Badger site in Shipston.

Services at the  Hub will be for all residents in this area to access and therefore your views as to what should  be provided are important in shaping the service provision.

You can access the survey by one of the methods mentioned on the Survey poster, or if you prefer a paper copy with FREEPOST reply please contact Gill Roache on 01295 680309.

Closing date for responses is 12 February 2021.

Slurry Tankers in Tysoe

We have had several complaints about the tractors that are travelling through Tysoe throughout the night.

The Parish Clerk has spoken to the farmer concerned to understand more. He explained what is happening:

Two drivers, with a tractor and tanker are working 24 hours a day to move pig slurry from the pig farm on the A422 to Epwell. The direct and cheapest route for their journey is through Tysoe.  The slurry must be moved to sandy farmland in Epwell because it cannot be spread in and around Oxhill and Tysoe because of the predominantly clay soil. Spreading slurry onto wet clay soil would likely cause run off into the water table which is illegal.

To keep pace with the production of new slurry and clear the backlog from the year before, we can expect one tractor to be moving through the village twice an hour, 24 hours per day during January – March. This season will be extended if there is heavy rain or snow. The tanker collects the slurry from the pig farm and then returns through Tysoe with a full load.
When entering the village, to be considerate of residents, the tractor speed is restricted to 15 miles/hour and flashing lights are turned off.

When asked if there was an alternate route for the tractor to take, the farmer explained that going via Sunrising Hill adds a further 10miles to each trip and increases the time it takes the tractor to complete a pickup and drop off. The tanker takes 12 journeys (and 12 hours) to remove the slurry created by the pigs in one day. The rest of the trips take away the stored slurry that has built up in the previous year. Any change to the route would extend the time it would take to move the slurry and reduce the farmer’s margins.

The farmer in question has been performing this same job annually for over 10 years. He appreciates and understands the feedback from the village and is happy to engage with residents via the Parish Council.