Village Cafes - Your Parish Councillors
All notices placed on the village notice boards must comply with the following:- No larger than A5 No 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 Valley Respect other relevant in-date notices on display Pin tidily – do not use staples. Notices not conforming with the above will be removed Whilst 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:
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.
Recycling & Rubbish Bins – Jumping the Gun
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.
Consultation on Local Services
Current Applications
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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 Thank you.
Allotments   Meals on wheels   Beaches and moorings   Minerals and quarries  -   planning   Bus shelters   Museum and arts   By - laws   Maintenance of public rights of way   Car parks   Parks and open spaces  -   sports grounds   Care and protection of children   Protecting and enhancing Dorset's environment   Care for elderly people   Public and community transport support   Care for people with a disability   Public conveniences   Cemeteries   Recycling   Coast protection   Re fuse collection   Community safety   Registration of births, marriages and deaths   Concessionary travel and public transport support   Road clearance  -   fly tipping   Conservation / listed buildings   Road safety   Council tax and business rate collection   Schools, s chool transport, adult education   Country parks and countryside management   Strategic planning for Dorset   Cycle routes   Street cleaning and litter   Electoral register   Street lighting and furniture   Emergency planning   Theatres   Environmental health -   pest co ntrol, dog fouling   Tourism   Estate management   Trading standards & consumer protection   Highways maintenance   Traffic management and transport planning   Housing and housing benefit   Tree protection   Industrial and crafts units   Village halls and community faci lities   Leisure centres and pools   Voluntary organisations  -   support   Libraries and archives   War memorials   Licensing  -   pubs, halls, entertainment, markets,  taxis   Water courses   Local economy support and development control   Waste disposal and recycling   Loc al planning, building and development control   Youth clubs   Local land charges and searches   Any additional services (please state)
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 May Application 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.
1. Date of announcement 13 June 2019 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 2019, these documents will be available on reasonable notice by application to: Mrs M Walsh, 4 Bath Orchard, Bridport, DT6 3FD Tel: 01308 281561 Emal: commencing on Monday 17 June 2019 and ending on Friday 26 July 2019 3. 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. 4. 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) 1 Westferry Circus Canary Wharf London E14 4HD ( ) 5. This announcement is made by Mrs M Walsh, Parish Clerk and Responsible Finance Officer, Litton Cheney Parish Council
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LOCAL AUTHORITY ACCOUNTS: A SUMMARY OF YOUR RIGHTS Please note that this summary applies to all relevant smaller authorities, including local councils, internal drainage boards and ‘other’ smaller authorities. The basic position The Local   Audit   and   Accountability   Act   2014 (the Act) governs the work of auditors appointed to smaller authorities. This summary explains the provisions contained in Sections 26 and 27 of the Act. The Act and the Accounts   and Audit   Regulations   2015 also cover the duties, responsibilities and rights of smaller authorities, other organisations and the public concerning the accounts being audited. As a local elector, or an interested person, you have certain legal rights in respect of the accounting records of smaller authorities. As an interested person you can inspect accounting records and related documents. If you are a local government elector for the area to which the accounts relate you can also ask questions about the accounts and object to them. You do not have to pay directly for exercising your rights. However, any resulting costs incurred by the smaller authority form part of its running costs. Therefore, indirectly, local residents pay for the cost of you exercising your rights through their council tax. The right to inspect the accounting records Any interested person can inspect the accounting records, which includes but is not limited to local electors. You can inspect 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. You can copy all, or part, of these records or documents. Your inspection must be about the accounts, or relate to an item in the accounts. You cannot, for example, inspect or copy documents unrelated to the accounts, or that include personal information (Section 26 (6) (10) of the Act explains what is meant by personal information). You cannot inspect information which is protected by commercial confidentiality. This is information which would prejudice commercial confidentiality if it was released to the public and there is not, set against this, a very strong reason in the public interest why it should nevertheless be disclosed. When smaller authorities have finished preparing accounts for the financial year and approved them, they must publish them (including on a website). 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. Smaller authorities must tell the public, including advertising this on their website, that the accounting records and related documents are available to inspect. By arrangement you will then have 30 working days to inspect and make copies of the accounting records. You may have to pay a copying charge. The 30 working day period must include a common period of inspection during which all smaller authorities’ accounting records are available to inspect. This will be 1-12 July 2019 for 2018/19 accounts. The advertisement must set out the dates of the period for the exercise of public rights, how you can communicate to the smaller authority that you wish to inspect the accounting records and related documents, the name and address of the auditor, and the relevant legislation that governs the inspection of accounts and objections. The right to ask the auditor questions about the accounting records You should first ask your smaller authority about the accounting records, since they hold all the details. If you are a local elector, your right to ask questions of the external auditor is enshrined in law. However, while the auditor will answer your questions where possible, they are not always obliged to do so. For example, the question might be better answered by another organisation, require investigation beyond the auditor’s remit, or involve disproportionate cost (which is borne by the local taxpayer). Give your smaller authority the opportunity first to explain anything in the accounting records that you are unsure about. If you are not satisfied with their explanation, you can question the external auditor about the accounting records. The law limits the time available for you formally to ask questions. This must be done in the period for the exercise of public rights, so let the external auditor know your concern as soon as possible. The advertisement or notice that tells you the accounting records are available to inspect will also give the period for the exercise of public rights during which you may ask the auditor questions, which here means formally asking questions under the Act. You can ask someone to represent you when asking the external auditor questions. Before you ask the external auditor any questions, inspect the accounting records fully, so you know what they contain. Please remember that you cannot formally ask questions, under the Act, after the end of the period for the exercise of public rights. You may ask your smaller authority other questions about their accounts for any year, at any time. But these are not questions under the Act. You can ask the external auditor questions about an item in the accounting records for the financial year being audited. However, your right to ask the external auditor questions is limited. The external auditor can only answer ‘what’ questions, not ‘why’ questions. The external auditor cannot answer questions about policies, finances, procedures or anything else unless it is directly relevant to an item in the accounting records. Remember that your questions must always be about facts, not opinions. To avoid misunderstanding, we recommend that you always put your questions in writing. The right to make objections at audit You have inspected the accounting records and asked your questions of the smaller authority. Now you may wish to object to the accounts on the basis that an item in them is in your view unlawful or there are matters of wider concern arising from the smaller authority’s finances. A local government elector can ask the external auditor to apply to the High Court for a declaration that an item of account is unlawful, or to issue a report on matters which are in the public interest. You must tell the external auditor which specific item in the accounts you object to and why you think the item is unlawful, or why you think that a public interest report should be made about it. You must provide the external auditor with the evidence you have to support your objection. Disagreeing with income or spending does not make it unlawful. To object to the accounts you must write to the external auditor stating you want to make an objection, including the information and evidence below and you must send a copy to the smaller 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; and details of any matter about which you think the external auditor should make a public interest report. Other than it must be in writing, there is no set format for objecting. You can only ask the external auditor to act within the powers available under the Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014 . A final word You may not use this ‘right to object’ to make a personal complaint or claim against your smaller authority. You should take such complaints to your local Citizens’ Advice Bureau, local Law Centre or to your solicitor. Smaller authorities, and so local taxpayers, meet the costs of dealing with questions and objections. In deciding whether to take your objection forward, one of a series of factors the auditor must take into account is the cost that will be involved, they will only continue with the objection if it is in the public interest to do so. They may also decide not to consider an objection if they think that it is frivolous or vexatious, or if it repeats an objection already considered. If you appeal to the courts against an auditor’s decision 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.
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For more detailed guidance on public rights and the special powers of auditors, copies of the publication Local   authority   accounts:   A   guide   to your rights are available from the NAO website.
If you wish to contact your authority’s appointed external auditor please write to the address in paragraph 4 of the Notice of Public Rights and 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 May Application 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.
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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.
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Application ref: WD/D/19/001612 6 COOMBES CLOSE, DT2 9EX. Erect two storey side extension and flat roof ground floor extension with roof terrace above. Deadline for comment 13 August 2019 Application ref: WD/D/19/001613 MEADOWBANK, SCHOOL HOUSE LANE, DT2 9AU. Erect front and rear extensions. Deadline for comments 6 August 2019 Application ref: WD/D/19/001463 CHARITY FARM, MAIN STREET, DT2 9AP. Erection of 6 dwellings and conversion of redundant agricultural building to a dwelling - (with variation of conditions 4, 5 & 6 of planning permission WD/D/17/000758 to amend approved plans). Deadline for comments 5 August 2019.