Spencer Holland Play Equipment

The Parish Council will be re-opening the play equipment on the Spencer Holland recreation area on 4th July 2020.

Government guidance is that although the risks of COVID-19 surviving when outdoors is reduced where surfaces may be subject to UV light and/or rain, the virus could survive long enough on frequently used/touched outdoor surfaces to facilitate transmission. As a result parents and carers are asked to be aware of the following – please note that failure to comply with these guidelines could result in the Council closing the play area again.

  • Children using the equipment do so at their own risk.
  • So far as is possible you should ensure that children adhere to Government guidelines on social distancing.
  • We recommend that you restrict the number of children using the play equipment as follows:
    • Climbing frame – 2
    • Slide – 1
    • Springy – 1
    • Seesaw – 2
    • Swings – 1 on each unit ( we will close the second swing)
  • Only one family member should accompany each child in the play area
  • The Parish Council will not be cleaning the equipment; parents and carers should bring sanitising gel/hand wipes to clean children’s hands before and after using the equipment. If they are also able to clean the equipment where it has been heavily used by their children this would be of benefit to the community as a whole.
  • Please remind children not to put their mouths on equipment or their hands in their mouths.
  • The consumption of food and drink whilst using the play equipment is banned.
  • Please dispose of any litter responsibly, particularly any used protective wear such as face coverings or gloves, preferably by taking it home.
  • Current government guidance states that face coverings should not be used by children under the age of 3 or those who may find it difficult to manage them correctly. Parents should be aware that wearing a face covering in a playground setting could pose an additional safety risk and should use their judgement on whether their children wear a face covering.
  • Families with children with special needs should contact the Parish Clerk to discuss their requirements.

Exercise of public rights

Each year the Parish Council’s Annual Governance and Accountability Return (AGAR) needs to be reviewed by an external auditor. The unaudited AGAR has been published with this notice – please note that until the external audit has been completed it is subject to change.

From Monday 22nd June to Friday 31st July 2020 inclusive, any person interested has the right to inspect and make copies of the accounting records for the financial year to which the audit relates and all books, deeds, contracts, bills, vouchers, receipts and other documents relating to those records. Details of how to obtain access to this information is provided in the Notice of Public Rights document below.

Notice of Public Rights and Publication of Unaudited Annual Governance and Accountability return and explanatory notes.

Annual Internal Audit Report 2019/20

Annual Governance Statement 2019/20

Annual Accounting Statement 2019/20

Council Management Accounts 2019/20 (published here for information – not part of the formal AGAR process)

Little Heath Lane closure

There’s a lot of resurfacing work going on around the borough after the 1st April, and one of the affected roads is Little Heath Lane from its junction with Hempstead Lane to its junction with the A4251 London Road. Unfortunately we don’t have precise dates for when the work will be undertaken but signs should be put up 2 weeks beforehand, the work shouldn’t take more than 48 hrs, and it should always be possible to get access to properties within the affected stretch.

Mobile base station pre-consultation

The Council has been approached by the Harlequin Group on behalf of Cornerstone Group, a joint venture between Telefonica and Vodafone, as a pre-application consultation in advance of a planning application for the erection of a mobile base station on Hempstead Lane opposite the lay-by to provide 4G coverage within the area. The Parish Council is only being informally consulted and does not have the authority to allow or refuse the application. We have until the 24th January to make comments and have also been asked to advise Harlequin of any local stakeholders or groups that might like to make comments.

This will be discussed at the council meeting on 16th January but if anyone is unable to attend that meeting and would like to submit comments via the council please contact the Parish Clerk.

An explanatory letter from Harlequin may be found here, and a map of the proposed location may be found here.