QUARTERLY REPORT FOR THE PERIOD

1st APRIL 2018 — 30th SEPTEMBER 2018

 

YOUR COUNCIL

Nigel Arthur (Chairman) Birch House, Maldon Rd, Latchingdon.

Tel: 01621 744523

 

Graham Rayner 5, Hawkins Close, Cock Clarks, Purleigh.

Tel: 01621 828117

 

Colin Ash Gardeners Cottage, Spar Lane, Purleigh

Tel: 01621 827055

 

Steven Bardwell Brooklea, Cold Norton Road, Latchingdon.

Tel: 01621 740234

 

Brian Oliver Cosy Nook, Chelmsford Rd, Purleigh.

Tel: 01621 828433

 

Steven Potter Lower Barn Farm, Roundbush Rd, Purleigh.

Tel 01621 828270

 

Gavin Strathern Spar Hill Farm, Chelmsford Rd, Purleigh

Tel: 07702 322203

 

CLERK

Jane Potter 27 Anchor Reach, South Woodham Ferrers. CM3 5GS

Tel: 01245 320426

E-mail: jane.m.potter@btinternet.com

WEBSITE www.purleigh.com

 

CHAIRMAN’S QUARTERLY REPORT

 

One of the most important issues the Parish Council has had to discuss recently is the closure of Purleigh Shop. On 24th August some of us met with the owners of the premises to see if we might be able to retain the space for use as a community shop to serve the parish. The owners have very generously agreed to let us see if a sustainable shop can be established. In line with the best practice advice we have received from the Plunkett Foundation (a charity which helps communities establish businesses), the Rural Community Council of Essex, Maldon District Council, Essex County Council and others, we are doing all that we can to promote the formation of a shop. As a first step to gauge support for the project we have delivered questionnaires to each household in the parish, included them in the parish magazine and thanks to the help of the Purleigh Community Fund also put the questionnaire on line at https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/purleighcommunityshopand publicised the issue on social media.

 

The questionnaires we have had back so far are overwhelmingly positive which bears testimony to the huge contribution those people who have run the shop and worked in it since its opening have made to the parish. They deserve much credit and a great deal of thanks. We have already had offers of help to set up a company and re-establish a post office, and people have offered to give advice on health and safety issues, how to run a small business and on food hygiene and catering. Respondents have also offered to volunteer in the shop, fund raise, make a donation, buy a share in the business and join the management team.

  

I hope that if you haven’t already done so you will complete and return your questionnaire so that we can continue to identify the expertise and support you are willing to offer and funding can be applied for. Once we have received and collated your responses we will be holding public events to present the results and to set up or elect a management committee to take over the project and take on the responsibility of setting up a new community shop in Purleigh.

 

Turning to more routine matters like highways, Purleigh School has very kindly agreed to contribute towards funding more hours of parking enforcement in Pump Lane, and Tru-Cam speed enforcement is now operational in Chelmsford Road, Fambridge Road, Maldon Road and Hackmans Lane.

 

We will be setting the precept for 2019/2020 in January. This is the amount of money we need from the District Council to be able to continue to provide services and facilities in Purleigh for the forthcoming financial year, and the sum arrived at is the result of over a year’s budgeting. If there are any projects or purchases which you think would benefit Purleigh and its parishioners, and you would like the Parish Council to consider providing them, please let the clerk know by 7th December so that, if approved in principle, she can get quotations for the Parish Council to consider in January. In the past we have responded to requests for funding to improve the children’s play area and village hall, and have given grants to a variety of local clubs and organisations.

 

Once again the Parish Council would like to congratulate its allotment holders following the annual site inspection. The allotments look really well maintained. The paths and front of the site have been regularly mown, look tidy and cared for and are free from obstruction and the impression given is of well-run allotments tenanted by some very talented gardeners.

 

As you will all be aware this year marks the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War. To commemorate those who lost their lives in the conflict, this year the Parish Council will lay three additional wreaths on the graves of soldiers buried in Purleigh who died in the First World War. We are also pleased to be contributing towards the cost of publishing a booklet for parishioners written by Steven Potter which tells the stories of those men amongst others and the history of Purleigh’s War Memorial. I would also like to thank Colin Ash and the members of the art group for adding the detail to Purleigh’s solitary soldier who is being stationed at various locations around the parish.

 

Before our monthly meetings Parish Councillors are available between 6.45 p.m. and 7.00 p.m. to discuss local issues with parishioners, please come along if you have any questions or concerns, or come to meetings which are open to the public and are most welcome to attend.

 

Nigel Arthur

 

 FINANCIAL MATTERS

 

During the period 1st April 2018 to 30th September 2018 the Parish Council’s income and investments amounted to £73,337.52 and in the same period it spent £22,781.98 on parishioners’ behalf. At 30th September 2018 the following monies were held:

  

 

General Fund:  
Barclays Community (Current) Account £1,275.62
Barclays Business Premium Account  £33,170.29
Petty Cash £50.00
Earmarked Reserves:  
Historic Buildings Fund £8,783.36
Miss Pawsey’s Legacy £7,276.27
  £50,555.54

 

  

Income and Expenditure

The Parish Council’s main source of income in the quarter was from the letting of the pavilion. Similarly the most significant expenditure in the quarter (apart from the routine) was spent on the facilities. The Parish Council was pleased to provide the new picnic benches on the playing field at the request of the Purleigh Community Fund at a cost of £1,080, it spent £350 repairing the tiles in the ‘home’ shower room and an additional £150 on an electrical inspection of the premises.

 

Completion of the external audit of accounts (limited assurance review) for the year ended 31st March 2018:

PKF Littlejohn LLP has concluded its audit of the Parish Council’s accounts for the financial year 2017/2018 and has concluded that on the basis of its review, in its opinion, the information contained in the Annual Governance and Accountability Return (AGAR) is in accordance with proper practices and that no matters have come to its attention which give cause for concern that relevant legislation and regulatory requirements have not been met.

 

Dengie Hundred Bus Users Group (DHBUG)

The Parish Council has become a member of DHBUG. This group is always willing to assist people, including Purleigh residents, on matters regarding bus travel in the Dengie and with connections to services for onward travel. The website at dhbug.org.uk is frequently updated and is accessible to members and non-members alike.

 

Maldon Housing Association - Trustee vacancies

Maldon Housing Association is looking for trustees with a professional background, to join the Board and work with existing members and the staff management team to ensure the charity continues to achieve its objectives.

 

Maldon Housing Association is an Almshouse Charity that provides supported accommodation for people with a connection to Maldon, aged 60 and over, at an affordable monthly cost, offering a peaceful, secure environment with a little support to enable them to extend their years of independent living. A knowledge of, or background in accountancy, charity accounting, supported housing, grant applications or legal matters would be particularly beneficial.

 

For further information about Maldon Housing Association, please visit the charity’s website www.maldonha.co.uk. and for further details of what being a Trustee involves contact the Chair of Trustees at pussytealeaf@hotmail.com or the Chief Executive at anne@maldonha.co.uk.