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 20/1 Election of Chairman
 20/2 Election of Vice-Chairman
 20/3 To accept apologies and reasons for absence in accordance with the Local Government Act 1972, s 85(1) (LGA 1972)
 20/4opens PDF file Approval of the Minutes of the Council meeting held on the 5th March 2020
 20/5 Declaration of Disclosable Pecuniary Interests (DPIs) Declarations by Councillors on any of the agenda items below in accordance with The Localism Act 2011, ss.27-34 and the Relevant Authorities (Disclosable Pecuniary Interests) Regulations 2012. (SI 2012 No. 1464)
 20/6 Brief Report from Surrey County Council Councillor K Taylor on matters from Surrey County Council affecting Shere Parish
 20/7 Brief Report from Guildford Borough Council Councillors on matters from Surrey County Council affecting Shere Parish
 20/9 Election of the General Purposes Committee – the Committee to comprise of at least six elected Members of the Council with, if possible, one Member from each of the four main villages.  The Chairman and Vice Chairman of the Council will be ex-officio members.  Current members: Councillors C Brooke, A Case, P Carter, J Hutton, G Reffo, R Smith, B Andrews, B Grover and the Chairman and Vice-Chairman as ex officio members.
 20/10 Election of the Planning Committee – at least one member from each ward plus the Chairman and Vice Chairman.  Membership is open to all Members of the Council.  Current members: Councillors R Andrews, C Brooke, M Taylor-Cotter, B Grover, B Harrap, R Smith the Chairman and Vice-Chairman as ex officio members.
 20/11 Election of the Finance Committee – the Committee to comprise of the Chairman, Vice Chairman and at least two other members of the Council these being appointed so that each of the four villages served by the Council is represented.  Current members: Councillors R. Andrews, C Brooke, J Cross, R Davey, C. Carlisle, M Taylor-Cotter and R Smith.
 20/12 Election of Human Resources Committee – this Committee shall comprise the Chairman and at least three other members of the Council, these being appointed so that each of the villages served by the Council is represented and so that councillors with experience of the strategic management of human resources are included, where possible.  Current members: Councillor R Andrews, C Carlisle, G Reffo and the Chairman, R Davey, leaving 1 vacancy
 20/13 North Ward Working Group (Gomshall and Shere) – all North Ward Councillors
 20/14 South East Working Group (Holmbury St. Mary) – all South East Ward Councillors
 20/15 South West Ward Working Group (Peaslake) – all South West Ward Councillors
 20/16 Shere Traffic Working Group – all North Ward Councillors and representatives of the public as per previously
 20/17 Peaslake Farm Steering Committee – the Group to comprise two elected members from each ward including the Chairman.  Current members: Councillors R Andrews, C Carlisle, P Carter, J Cross, R Davey and G Reffo.

Decision making Powers:

  • the Council to confirm that decision making powers be delegated to the General Purposes, Planning and Peaslake Farm Steering Committees, provided expenditure incurred does not exceed that allowed in the budget. (Note:  Working Groups have no delegated powers – all recommendations made by a Working Group must be conveyed to the full Council or a Committee for approval.)
  • the council to consider that during the coronavirus pandemic decisions can be delegated to the clerk in consultation with the Chairman
 20/19 Terms of Reference for Committee – the Council to consider whether the terms of reference for all remaining Committees should continue as previously agreed

Appointment of Representatives on outside organisations (showing current members)

  • Peaslake Memorial Hall – G Reffo
  • Henry Smith (Shere) Charity for Relief in Need – J Hutton
  • Shere Recreation Ground – B Grover
  • Shere Swimming Pool – J Cross
  • Shere Village Hall – R Davey
  • Wasp Bus – R Andrews
  • Holmbury Village Hall – R Andrews
  • Shere Library – B Grover

Any other representatives?

 20/21 Dates of Council meetings – The Council has previously received a list of Council meetings to December 2020.

Annual Financial matters

  1. The Council to confirm that the Council’s finances for the year commencing 1st April 2020, including staff salaries, will be conducted in accordance with the budget approved by the full Council on 5th November 2019
  2. The Clerk be authorised to issue cheques/make payments during the financial year 2020/21 for the payment of staff salaries, PAYE/superannuation, donations/cemetery grants, monthly contractors’ fees, Parish, public toilets and playground maintenance and minor maintenance materials, audit fees, land/hall rents, office expenses, utility bills, insurance costs, subscriptions, Tanyard Hall expenses and pre-authorised orders – all as allowed for in the budget for 2020/21.  The cheques/payments to be signed/authorised by two Councillors and the Clerk and reported to the next meeting of the full Council
  3. Council to approve standing orders and direct debits as reviewed at Finance Committee 17th October 2019 (next review October 2020)
  4. Insurance – the Council to verify that its current insurance cover is adequate
  5. The Council to consider whether it will continue with the current Banking arrangements
  6. The Council to appoint the Chairman to undertake the regular financial checks in accordance with the Financial Regulations
  7. The Council to re-adopt the Financial Regulationsopens PDF file
 20/23opens PDF file Standing Orders – the Council to consider adopting the NALC model Standing Orders.

Code of Conduct:

 20/25 Review of Asset Register – to consider any amendments to the current Register (as circulated)
 20/26 Freedom of Information Policyopens PDF file and Publication Schemeopens PDF file to consider adoption of updated documents
 20/27 Media and Communications Policyopens PDF file – to consider adoption

Finance matters

  • Approval of income and expenditure for the month ended March 2020 (Appendix 1)
  • To note bank reconciliations and statement balances for the month ended March 2020 (Appendix 2)
  • To note income and expenditure against budget and earmarked reserves for the month ended March 2020 (Appendix 3)
  • To note VAT expenditure for March 2020 (Appendix 4)
  • To note that the Parish Council’s accounts for the year ended 31 March 2020 will be completed on the Parish Council’s accounting software on 20th May.  The software will not allow data to be input for the new financial year until that work is complete.  Therefore, April and May accounts will be reported to Council at the June meeting.
  • To note the position re: concurrent functions grant funding from Guildford Borough Councilopens PDF file and identify any projects for grant funding in 2020/21
  • To consider breakdown of donations and subscriptions as per the attached sheet (Appendix 5)
  • To consider donation to Peaslake Village Hall for half the cost of a new shed £500 (Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act1976 s.19)
  • To consider adoption of a new grant schemeopens PDF file

Coronavirus pandemic:

  • to ratify the attached decisions (Appendix 6)
  • to reflect on the Council’s response and to consider any further actions, if appropriate
  • Prudential RideLondon – to consider the concerns over the race being held this year
  • To consider any difficulties with the easing of the lock-down restrictions
 20/30opens IMAGE file The Gables, Felday Glade – to consider request for permission to conduct works on drive over manorial waste
 20/31 Prescription Dispensing Machine, Shere Surgeryopens PDF file – to consider a request for a contribution towards the device to dispense prescriptions outside of the surgery 24/7 (up to 750 prescriptions per week).
 20/32 Shere Pool – to consider a request for further funds for stage two of the renovation works
 20/33 Wood Fired Pizzaopens PDF file – to consider request to have a mobile truck in Shere Recreation Ground Car Park after the pandemic lockdown, on a Friday and Saturday afternoon and evening
 20/34 Police Matters – to consider any matters that need to be brought to the attention of the Police.
 20/35 Clerk’s Report (for noting, delegation to the Clerk or inclusion on the next agenda)
 20/36 Questions from Parish Councillors
 20/37 Date of next meeting:  Annual Parish Meeting has been CANCELLED Next regular Council Meeting Tuesday 9th June Via ZOOM unless restrictions have been lifted by the Government


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