All notices placed on the village notice boards must comply with the following:-No larger than A5No commercial “For Sale” notices advertising goods or services One poster should suffice for a number of events, e.g. Social Committee list of annual dates and events.Only local events in and around the Bride ValleyRespect other relevant in-date notices on displayPin tidily – do not use staples.Notices not conforming with the above will be removedWhilst the above rules may appear somewhat rigid, it is done to avoid overcrowding and enable organisers of as many events as possible to display all their key information clearly.
At every Village Cafe (held on the third Saturday of each month), at least one of your parish councillors will be present to listen to any concerns you have, and indicate what course of action can be taken on legitimate concerns.
Potholes, poor drainage, flooding, dangerous trees, overgrown vegetation, damaged signs – you name it, we probably have it somewhere in the village. If you come across such problems, don't wait for someone else to report it – contact the relevant local authority department at Dorset for You:https://www.dorsetforyou.com/travel-dorset/contact-dorset-highways
Village Notice Boards – Rules of Engagement
Spot It – Report It
Please resist the temptation to “put the bins out early” until at least late afternoon on the day before collection. There have been several instances of late when bins have been left out days in advance cluttering up the village. Very often these early bins emanate from holiday lets and rental properties. Owners of these businesses are reminded that this recycling and rubbish must be removed by a commercial waste contractor. Failure to do so may leave the business owner liable to prosecution by the local authority if they are found to be using the domestic waste collection.
A system for viewing and commenting on planning applications hia provided on the Dorset for You website.Anyone wishing to use the facility will need to create a profile in order to submit comments on applications. This will also provide the opportunity to save searches and track applications as they go through the planning process.A User Guide detailing how to access the new system can be read HERE.Needless to say, it is both lengthy and detailed, although you do not have to be an IT expert to register and start using it. It will, however, take a little time to get used to.
As of April 2019, Dorset moved to a new unitary authority (with a separate authority to cover Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole). This means that the County Council and District and Borough Councils no longer exist. In anticipation of this change, the Dorset Association of Parish and Town Councils has asked parish and town councils for their views on which of the services listed below are essential, which are desirable, and which should not be provided by the public sector. Litton Cheney Parish Council would like to hear your views on this to ensure our response represents the views of villagers. Please email your observations to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you.
Application ref: WD/D/19/000958 TOWNSEND COTTAGE, 2 CHALK PIT LANE, DT2 9AN. Erect two storey rear extension and detached garage - Deadline for comments 19 MayApplication ref: WD/D/19/000959 (Listed Building Consent) TOWNSEND COTTAGE, 2 CHALK PIT LANE, DT2 9AN. Internal and external alterations to include replacement of single storey extension with two storey extension and change window on rear elevation to French doors. Deadline for comments 19 May
Application ref: WD/D/18/002298 THE MILL HOUSE, MAIN STREET, DT2 9AP. Erection of extension and alterations and construction of a new bridge and vehicular access. Approved 15 May 2019.
LITTON CHENEY PARISH COUNCILNOTICE OF PUBLIC RIGHTS AND PUBLICATIONOF UNAUDITED ANNUAL GOVERNANCE &ACCOUNTABILITY RETURNACCOUNTS FOR THE YEAR ENDED 31 MARCH 2019Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014 Sections 26 and 27The Accounts and Audit Regulations 2015 (SI 2015/234)13
1. Date of announcement 13 June 20192.Eachyearthesmallerauthority’sAnnualGovernanceandAccountabilityReturn(AGAR)needstobereviewedbyanexternalauditor appointedbySmallerAuthorities’AuditAppointmentsLtd.TheunauditedAGARhasbeenpublishedwiththisnotice.Asithasyettobe reviewed by the appointed auditor, it is subject to change as a result of that review. Anypersoninterestedhastherighttoinspectandmakecopiesoftheaccountingrecordsforthefinancialyeartowhichtheauditrelatesand allbooks,deeds,contracts,bills,vouchers,receiptsandotherdocumentsrelatingtothoserecordsmustbemadeavailableforinspectionby any person interested. For the year ended 31 March 2019, these documents will be available on reasonable notice by application to:Mrs M Walsh, 4 Bath Orchard, Bridport, DT6 3FDTel: 01308 281561Emal: email@example.com on Monday 17 June 2019and ending on Friday 26 July 20193. Local government electors and their representatives also have:The opportunity to question the appointed auditor about the accounting records; andTherighttomakeanobjectionwhichconcernsamatterinrespectofwhichtheappointedauditorcouldeithermakeapublicinterestreportorapply tothecourtforadeclarationthatanitemofaccountisunlawful.Writtennoticeofanobjectionmustfirstbegiventotheauditorandacopysentto the smaller authority.The appointed auditor can be contacted at the address in paragraph 4 below for this purpose between the above dates only.4.Thesmallerauthority’sAGARissubjecttoreviewbytheappointedauditorundertheprovisionsoftheLocalAuditandAccountabilityAct 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)1 Westferry CircusCanary WharfLondon E14 4HD(firstname.lastname@example.org)5. This announcement is made by Mrs M Walsh, Parish Clerk and Responsible Finance Officer, Litton Cheney Parish Council
LOCAL AUTHORITY ACCOUNTS: A SUMMARY OF YOUR RIGHTSPleasenotethatthissummaryappliestoallrelevantsmallerauthorities,includinglocalcouncils,internaldrainageboardsand‘other’ smaller authorities.The basic positionTheLocal Audit and Accountability Act 2014(theAct)governstheworkofauditorsappointedtosmallerauthorities.Thissummaryexplainsthe provisionscontainedinSections26and27ofthe Act.The Actandthe Accounts and Audit Regulations 2015alsocovertheduties,responsibilities and rights of smaller authorities, other organisations and the public concerning the accounts being audited. Asalocalelector,oraninterestedperson,youhavecertainlegalrightsinrespectoftheaccountingrecordsofsmallerauthorities. Asaninterested personyoucaninspectaccountingrecordsandrelateddocuments.Ifyouarealocalgovernmentelectorfortheareatowhichtheaccountsrelate youcanalsoaskquestionsabouttheaccountsandobjecttothem. Youdonothavetopaydirectlyforexercisingyourrights.However,anyresulting costsincurredbythesmallerauthorityformpartofitsrunningcosts.Therefore,indirectly,localresidentspayforthecostofyouexercisingyour rights through their council tax.The right to inspect the accounting recordsAnyinterestedpersoncaninspecttheaccountingrecords,whichincludesbutisnotlimitedtolocalelectors. Youcaninspecttheaccountingrecords forthefinancialyeartowhichtheauditrelatesandallbooks,deeds,contracts,bills,vouchers,receiptsandotherdocumentsrelatingtothose records.Youcancopyall,orpart,oftheserecordsordocuments.Yourinspectionmustbeabouttheaccounts,orrelatetoanitemintheaccounts. Youcannot,forexample,inspectorcopydocumentsunrelatedtotheaccounts,orthatincludepersonalinformation(Section26(6)–(10)ofthe Act explainswhatismeantbypersonalinformation). Youcannotinspectinformationwhichisprotectedbycommercialconfidentiality. Thisisinformation whichwouldprejudicecommercialconfidentialityifitwasreleasedtothepublicandthereisnot,setagainstthis,averystrongreasoninthepublic interest why it should nevertheless be disclosed. Whensmallerauthoritieshavefinishedpreparingaccountsforthefinancialyearandapprovedthem,theymustpublishthem(includingona website).Theremustbea30workingdayperiod,calledthe‘periodfortheexerciseofpublicrights’,duringwhichyoucanexerciseyourstatutory righttoinspecttheaccountingrecords.Smallerauthoritiesmusttellthepublic,includingadvertisingthisontheirwebsite,thattheaccounting recordsandrelateddocumentsareavailabletoinspect.Byarrangementyouwillthenhave30workingdaystoinspectandmakecopiesofthe accountingrecords. Youmayhavetopayacopyingcharge. The30workingdayperiodmustincludeacommonperiodofinspectionduringwhichall smallerauthorities’accountingrecordsareavailabletoinspect.Thiswillbe1-12July2019for2018/19accounts.Theadvertisementmustsetout thedatesoftheperiodfortheexerciseofpublicrights,howyoucancommunicatetothesmallerauthoritythatyouwishtoinspecttheaccounting recordsandrelateddocuments,thenameandaddressoftheauditor,andtherelevantlegislationthatgovernstheinspectionofaccountsand objections. The right to ask the auditor questions about the accounting recordsYoushouldfirstaskyoursmallerauthorityabouttheaccountingrecords,sincetheyholdallthedetails.Ifyouarealocalelector,yourrightto askquestionsoftheexternalauditorisenshrinedinlaw.However,whiletheauditorwillansweryourquestionswherepossible,theyarenotalways obligedtodoso.Forexample,thequestionmightbebetteransweredbyanotherorganisation,requireinvestigationbeyondtheauditor’sremit,or involvedisproportionatecost(whichisbornebythelocaltaxpayer).Giveyoursmallerauthoritytheopportunityfirsttoexplainanythinginthe accountingrecordsthatyouareunsureabout.Ifyouarenotsatisfiedwiththeirexplanation,youcanquestiontheexternalauditoraboutthe accounting records. Thelawlimitsthetimeavailableforyouformallytoaskquestions.Thismustbedoneintheperiodfortheexerciseofpublicrights,soletthe externalauditorknowyourconcernassoonaspossible.Theadvertisementornoticethattellsyoutheaccountingrecordsareavailabletoinspect willalsogivetheperiodfortheexerciseofpublicrightsduringwhichyoumayasktheauditorquestions,whichheremeansformallyasking questions under the Act. You can ask someone to represent you when asking the external auditor questions. Beforeyouasktheexternalauditoranyquestions,inspecttheaccountingrecordsfully,soyouknowwhattheycontain.Pleaserememberthatyou cannotformallyaskquestions,undertheAct,aftertheendoftheperiodfortheexerciseofpublicrights.Youmayaskyoursmallerauthorityother questions about their accounts for any year, at any time. But these are not questions under the Act. Youcanasktheexternalauditorquestionsaboutanitemintheaccountingrecordsforthefinancialyearbeingaudited.However,yourrighttoask theexternalauditorquestionsislimited.Theexternalauditorcanonlyanswer‘what’questions,not‘why’questions.Theexternalauditorcannot answerquestionsaboutpolicies,finances,proceduresoranythingelseunlessitisdirectlyrelevanttoanitemintheaccountingrecords.Remember thatyourquestionsmustalwaysbeaboutfacts,notopinions.Toavoidmisunderstanding,werecommendthatyoualwaysputyourquestionsin writing. The right to make objections at auditYouhaveinspectedtheaccountingrecordsandaskedyourquestionsofthesmallerauthority.Nowyoumaywishtoobjecttotheaccountsonthe basisthataniteminthemisinyourviewunlawfulortherearemattersofwiderconcernarisingfromthesmallerauthority’sfinances.Alocal governmentelectorcanasktheexternalauditortoapplytotheHighCourtforadeclarationthatanitemofaccountisunlawful,ortoissueareport onmatterswhichareinthepublicinterest.Youmusttelltheexternalauditorwhichspecificitemintheaccountsyouobjecttoandwhyyouthinkthe itemisunlawful,orwhyyouthinkthatapublicinterestreportshouldbemadeaboutit.Youmustprovidetheexternalauditorwiththeevidenceyou havetosupportyourobjection.Disagreeingwithincomeorspendingdoesnotmakeitunlawful.Toobjecttotheaccountsyoumustwritetothe externalauditorstatingyouwanttomakeanobjection,includingtheinformationandevidencebelowandyoumustsendacopytothesmaller authority. The notice must include:confirmation that you are an elector in the smaller authority’s area;why you are objecting to the accounts and the facts on which you rely;details of any item in the accounts that you think is unlawful; anddetails of any matter about which you think the external auditor should make a public interest report.Otherthanitmustbeinwriting,thereisnosetformatforobjecting.Youcanonlyasktheexternalauditortoactwithinthepowersavailableunder the Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014. A final wordYoumaynotusethis‘righttoobject’tomakeapersonalcomplaintorclaimagainstyoursmallerauthority.Youshouldtakesuchcomplaintstoyour localCitizens’AdviceBureau,localLawCentreortoyoursolicitor.Smallerauthorities,andsolocaltaxpayers,meetthecostsofdealingwith questionsandobjections.Indecidingwhethertotakeyourobjectionforward,oneofaseriesoffactorstheauditormusttakeintoaccountisthecost thatwillbeinvolved,theywillonlycontinuewiththeobjectionifitisinthepublicinteresttodoso. Theymayalsodecidenottoconsideranobjection iftheythinkthatitisfrivolousorvexatious,orifitrepeatsanobjectionalreadyconsidered.Ifyouappealtothecourtsagainstanauditor’sdecision not to apply to the courts for a declaration that an item of account is unlawful, you will have to pay for the action yourself.
Ifyouwishtocontactyourauthority’sappointedexternalauditorplease writetotheaddressinparagraph4oftheNoticeofPublicRightsand Publication of Unaudited Annual Governance & Accountability Return.
Application ref: WD/D/19/000516 GLEBE END, HINES MEAD LANE, DT2 9AD. Installation of 2 dormers to front elevation. Approved 22nd MayApplication ref: WD/D/19/000630 GG FRY AND SON, MAIN STREET, DT2 9AP. Erection of first floor extension to office building, construction of additional car parking facilities and erection of small storage building. Approved 18th June.
Application ref: WD/D/19/000570 FAITH HOUSE, MAIN STREET, DT2 9AP. Convert outbuilding to self-contained unit (without compliance with conditions 3 & 4 of planning permission 1/D/11/000368 - to remove the restriction to holiday use & allow for use a residential dwelling. Deadline for comments 7 May. Approved 20 June 2019.