Community Carols 2021

Over 250 people (we think – but it was dark!) attended the inaugural Community Carols on The Green last night. Hot chocolate was served from Cedars, mulled wine from Martins Pond (compliments of the Parish Council), the Rev Joe told the Christmas story, and Choir on the Green lead the singing on staging and under lighting provided by local resident Chris Pocock.

Same time, same place next year?

New Parliamentary Constituency Boundaries

You may not have caught the impact of proposals from the Boundary Commission for England (BCE) which may have significant implications for who will be our MP in the future. At the moment we are part of a constituency which runs from Hudnall and Markyate in the north to Kings Langley in the south, includes Hemel, and looks like this:

The BCE has published its initial proposals for new constituency boundaries to ensure that the number of electors in each constituency is more equal. Under these proposals the parish will form part of a new constituency stretching from Tring and Berkhamsted in the west to Wheathampstead and Harpenden in the east, will exclude Hemel, and looks like this:

The BCE is inviting the public to view and provide feedback on the proposed boundaries by the 2nd August 2021. If you want more information or want to comment on the proposals please go to https://www.bcereviews.org.uk

Exercise of Public Rights for the audit of the financial year ending 31st March 2021

The Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014 and the Accounts and Audit Regulations 2015 require that the accounting records for the financial year to which an audit relates and all books, deeds, contracts, bills, vouchers, receipts and other documents relating to those records must be made available for inspection by any person interested, during a period of 30 working days. For the financial year ending 31st March 2021 the Parish Council has determined that this period will run from 14th June 2021 to 23rd July 2021.

The responsible financial officer for the Parish Council must, on behalf of that authority, publish

(a) the Accounting Statements and Annual Governance Statement of the Annual Governance & Accountability Return (AGAR), accompanied by a declaration, signed by that officer to the effect that the status of the Accounting Statements are unaudited and that the Accounting Statements as published may be subject to change;

(b) a statement that sets out—

(i) the period for the exercise of public rights;

(ii) details of the manner in which notice should be given of an intention to inspect the accounting records and other documents;

(iii) the name and address of the local auditor;

(iv) the provisions contained in section 26 (inspection of documents etc.) and section 27 (right to make objections at audit) of the Act, as they have effect in relation to the authority in question;