The latest Council meeting was held on 30th July 2018 and a summary of the items discussed together with the minutes will be uploaded to the website shortly.
The Parish Council have appointed a new Clerk – Mrs. Judith Hall – who starts on 23rd July 2018. If you wish to contact the Parish Council then please contact the Clerk in the usual way:-
Email : email@example.com
Tel: 01753 648497
Office address: First Floor Sherriff House The Broadway Farnham Common SL2 3QH
We wish Judith all the best in her new role – which is a very varied and demanding one – and we are sure you will find her an excellent and approachable Clerk. The ancient title of Clerk often misleads people into thinking the role is an admin, clerical or secretarial one and it includes all these but it is so much more. The Clerk maintains democratic standards and provides professional advice to councillors as well as being the only executive and finance officer who has to implement all decisions taken by the Council. She is also the main contact for all Council business. If you have any concerns at all about the Parish Council or the services it provides please do not hesitate to get in touch with Judith who is best placed to resolve issues – ideally before they escalate!
We have to say goodbye to Hilda who has been our Clerk for the last 9 years or so. We also wish Hilda well as she moves towards semi-retirement and thank her for her sterling work in providing a professional service for our parishioners to date.
Owing to the resignations of Mrs. Vicky Thompson and Mr. Trevor Clapp, two vacancies have arisen for the role of councillors on Farnham Royal Parish Council. The notice of vacancies has been put up today and a copy is below.
Unless a poll is called for by midnight on 18th July then the Council is free to appoint/ co-opt new members at its meeting on 30th July. if you wish to stand as a councillor or would like to know more about the positions please contact the Locum Clerk on T. 01753 648497 or email. firstname.lastname@example.org
At our meeting on 25th June the resignations of Mr. Clapp as Chairman and as a Councillor and the resignation of Mrs. Thompson were reluctantly accepted and Mr. Paul Rowley agreed to take on the role of Chairman. The minutes can be found elsewhere on this website.
Progress was made in taking steps towards a referendum on the reinstatement of the first free half hour’s parking at the Broadway car park and a voting form will be sent out with the next copy of the Magazine in September. It was agreed to keep the public toilets open at an increased cost to the Council levied by SBDC.
The Annual Return and Accounts for 2017/18 were approved and have been submitted to the external auditors. Notices have bee put up that the public have a right to inspect them. please see below:-
The Parish Council Clerk has a central role in the work of the Council. The post is full time (but there might be some flexibility for the right candidate) in the Parish Council office in Farnham Common including approximately 12 evening meetings per annum. The primary role of the Clerk is to ensure compliance with the regulatory requirements of this local government body and to manage the assets of and the services provided by the Parish Council. The Clerk is the Proper Officer and Responsible Financial Officer of the Council. The Clerk reports to the Council. A salary of between £28,000 and £35,000 depending on experience will be paid plus a pension.
Ideally applicants should have relevant experience but training will be available if required.
The successful applicant would be self motivated with good communication and IT skills. A job description can be obtained by emailing email@example.com or by phoning on 01753 648497. The closing date for applications is 29th June 2018
The Parish Plan has now been published and circulated. This is not a planning document but follows on from a public consultation and sets out the aspirations of the Council for how to improve the amenities and local conditions for our residents. Please see a copy in the link below:-
Parish Plan 2018
Our annual meeting took place on Monday 21st May at Farnham Common Village Hall. Trevor Clapp was re-appointed as chairman. Grants were made to the organisers of the Big Picnic and to FCSC demolish the groundsman’s sheds. FCSC are also considering putting up new signage and will be consulting neighbours about this shortly.Please read the draft minutes of this meeting elsewhere on this website.
If you have an interest in Neighbourhood Planning for our Parish then please see the planning page of this website where notes taken at the public meetings on 17th April and 22nd May are available to read.
Highway verges are owned by and are the responsibility of Bucks County Council (BCC). Until 2016, BCC cut the grass on the verges but were providing a decreasing level of service year on year. They were starting in late May and only providing four cuts per annum. Their minimum standard is that traffic signs should be legible to road users. Our concern was that the service they provided was already not good enough and might get a lot worse if it fell to the minimum standard.
FRPC took up the opportunity to accept devolved responsibility to cut the verges in 2016 on a three year contract in order to guarantee a high level of service for our residents within a remit of what is reasonable for tax payers to pay.
The following is our commitment to grass cutting:-
• We will ensure that at least 6 cuts take place each year and up to ten cuts will take place if grass growth requires it.
• Cuts are scheduled to take place approximately every 3 weeks between April and October depending on growth and the weather. That is the ground must be sufficiently dry to allow work to take place.
• It takes 3 or 4 days for the cut of all parish verges to be completed – starting with the A355 and then working around village roads.
• If a complaint is received we will investigate promptly and arrange remedial work as necessary. This has proved to be quite rarely needed although sometimes parking on verges can make cutting impossible or risky.
If you have any comments, concerns or issues please contact the Clerk on 01753 648497 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
There is currently a consultation underway on unitary authorities which ends on 25th May. The idea is to do away with a tier of government to save money.
Currently we have Bucks County Council based in Aylesbury mainly responsible for highways, education, social care and libraries. The second tier is the District Councils. mainly responsible for planning and licensing, waste and recycling .
Over the last few years BCC have been proposing themselves as a single unitary authority taking over the work of all the district councils whilst the district councils have been against a single unitary authority and had proposed two such unitary authorities – one in the north run by Aylesbury Vale and one in the south of the County run by an association of South Bucks, Wycombe and Chiltern District Councils.
The Secretary of State for Communities has announced he is minded to go with the BCC proposal and has put the matter out for further consultation until 25th May.
We would urge as many of you as possible to give feedback to Sajid Javid on this. Please send an email to him at email@example.com with your views.
Farnham Royal Parish Council supports the creation of two unitary authorities as proposed by the District Councils rather than just one unitary authority led by BCC because:-
There will be less local democratic representation if BCC is the sole authority
The needs of the north of the county are completely different geographically and economically from those of the south
BCC have a poorer performance record than the district councils