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Temporary Closure of Battisford Play Area.

Following the recent cancellation of the work on the Play Area it is now expected that it will commence on Monday May 10th. Contractors will then start to remove the slide and the slide mound before reinstating then and using fresh earth. During that time the play area and the car park will be closed for Health and Safety reasons as there will be large machinery on site. When the slide has been reinstated it will remain fenced off for a while to allow the turf which will cover the mound to become established and parents/guardians are requested to keep children off until the fencing is removed. Thank you Battisford Parish Council

Would you like to help your community?

The Parish Council has a vacancy for a Councillor

Your local council can make a difference on local issues, and so can you as a local Councillor!

Becoming a Councillor is both a rewarding and privileged form of public service. You will be in a position to make a difference to the quality of other people’s daily lives and prospects.

Most people are qualified to stand for their local council but there are a few rules. You have to be:

• A British citizen, or a citizen of the Commonwealth and

• 18 years of age or older

• You cannot stand for co-option if you:

• Are the subject of a bankruptcy restriction order or interim order

• Have, within five years, been convicted in the United Kingdom of any offence and have had a prison sentence (whether suspended or not) for a period of over three months without the option of a fine

You should be willing to sign up to and abide by the Councillors Code of Conduct, and the Councils Policies.

If you think you may be interested, more information is available, please have a look at

https://beacouncillor.co.uk/

Please contact the clerk who will be happy to help further clerk@battisfordpc.org.uk

Battisford Parish Councillors & County/ District Councillors

Cllr D. Wicking (Chairman)  Tel: 07796 336578

Cllr Jon Cook (Vice Chairman) Tel: 07592 775059

Cllr Stella Zethraeus - Tel: 01449 721920

Cllr Clive Nicholas - Tel: 01449 745889

Cllr Jane Pope - Tel: 07885 175078

Cllr Jan Wilson - Tel: 01449 401330

County Councillor:   C/Cllr Kay Oakes  - Tel: 07724 700695

District Councillor:    D/Cllr Daniel Pratt - Tel: 01473 658 398

Parish clerk: Nicky Glading Email:

clerk@battisfordpc.org.uk

Please note that the clerk works part time; emails will be answered as soon as possible.

If the question is urgent, please phone 01842 337488

The Parish Council will be conducting its meetings virtually through remote attendance using the Zoom platform until 6th April 2021. Zoom joining links will be published on this site on the Agenda 3 days prior to the meeting.

Information on joining via Zoom will be placed on the Agenda.

See  "Agendas and Minutes" on this website. 

The clerk will be happy to send a link directly, please email 

clerk@battisfordpc.org.uk

PARISH COUNCIL MEETINGS 

Meetings of the Parish Council during the COVID-19 Emergency

The Local Authorities and Police and Crime Panels (Coronavirus) (Flexibility of Local Authority and Police and Crime Panel Meetings) (England and Wales) Regulations 2020 (“the 2020 Regulations”) came into force on 4 April. Broadly speaking, the 2020 Regulations enable local councils to hold remote meetings (including by video and telephone conferencing) for a specified period until May next year. They also remove the requirement to hold an annual meeting. The 2020 Regulations apply to local council meetings, committee and sub-committee meetings in England. Separate legislation is anticipated for Wales.

 The COVID-19/ Coronavirus pandemic and the unprecedented in peacetime Government measures in response to the crisis (e.g. prohibitions on gatherings, social distancing, self-isolation and shielding of those deemed to be the most vulnerable) have meant that the requirement for local authorities to hold public meetings in person with all members present in one place cannot be met. The statutory requirements for meetings are mainly contained in the Local Government Act 1972 (“the 1972 Act”) and the Public Bodies (Admission to Meetings) Act 1960 (“the 1960 Act”).

 In recognition of the problem of holding and attending meetings, and further to the lobbying of the National Association of Local Councils (NALC) and others, the Government included s.78 in the Coronavirus Act 2020. This section gave the Secretary of State the power to make Regulations to make provisions for the holding of meetings. The 2020 Regulations set out those provisions.

Regulation 5 – this permits the holding of remote meetings. The effect of the Regulation is that persons attending a local council meeting do not need to be in the same place. “Place” means more than one place including electronic, digital or virtual locations such as internet locations, web addresses or conference call telephone numbers (Regulation 5 (1)). To attend a meeting remotely a member in remote attendance must meet specified conditions (see below).

Regulation 5 (6) also enables local councils to make standing orders to specify (i) how voting will be carried out, (ii) how members and the public can access documents and (iii) how remote access of the press and public by electronic means will take place.

Regulation 6 – confirms that being present at a local council meeting includes being present through remote attendance. The Regulation also disapplies paragraph 7 of Schedule 12 to the 1972 Act.

Regulation 13 – s.1 (4) (a) of the 1960 Act has been amended so that public notice of the time and place of the meeting is deemed to be given if published on the relevant principal authority’s website. The Parish Council is aware of NALC's advice that a council’s decision making is unlikely to be challenged if it only places the notice on its own website and in light of the government's social distancing guidelines, agendas will only be posted on this website.

The Parish Council will therefore be conducting its meetings virtually through remote attendance using the Zoom platform. Details of the meetings to take place along with information as to how to gain access to the meetings will be placed under page entitled "Agendas and Minutes" on this website.