Edited extracts from the minutes of the Finance Committee meeting held on 1st May 2018
The following bank account balances as at 31 March 2018 were reported:
Parish Council: Business High Interest £51,318.44, Current £500.00
Village Centre: Business Instant Access £17,299.09
Bank reconciliation statements for both cashbooks (Parish Council and Village Centre) as at 31 March 2018 were received and noted.
Annual Return 2017/8
Members considered the Draft Annual Governance Statement & Draft Statement of Accounts 2017/18 and supporting papers. Both documents were accepted and recommended to Full Council for agreement and submission for audit. The Locum Clerk observed that she needed to complete a VAT claim in order to verify the VAT recoverable figure included within the Statement of Accounts.
Review of Standing Orders
Members considered the new National Association of Local Councils (NALC) Model Standing Orders published in April 2018. Changes and choices required to tailor the model Standing Orders to Tangmere Parish Council were agreed. The Locum Clerk was asked to ensure that terminology in the document was non-gender specific.
Members agreed the request from the Allotments Committee for a new lawn mower at a cost of £419.
Operation Watershed – Garland Square
Members considered a completed application form for funding from Operation Watershed for a new soakaway for Garland Square. The application form was agreed and signed by the Locum Clerk and Cllr Oakley as the West Sussex County Councillor.
Following flooding in the county during 2012/13, West Sussex County Council (WSCC) resolved to address issues with the drainage infrastructure.
The response was the creation of ‘Operation Watershed’, within which the Active Communities Fund was launched. Since the establishment of Operation Watershed, WSCC has successfully supported local communities by funding over 360 projects to a value in excess of £3m, and worked with nearly 150 groups. Source www.westsussex.gov.uk