Childrens Playground during COVID 19 - In line with government advice, the Parish council request that families do not use the children's playground in an effort to minimize public gatherings and help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
The WHO has stated that “...the novel coronavirus may remain on surfaces for a few hours or up to several days, depending on several conditions, including type of surface, temperature or humidity of the environment.” Play structures are high touch surfaces and cannot be cleaned after each use.
This request is not made lightly and we cannot enforce a closure, but by not using the playground you will be helping to protect our community. Thank you for your understanding during these unique circumstances.
Community Care and Support - Local Community Help
Surrey County Council Community Helpline number - Surrey County Council has set up a Community Helpline number, 0300 200 1008, for the community, to help direct residents who need support, such as picking up shopping, prescription collections or having someone who can be a telephone friend, to services who can help.
Fraud and Cyber Crime - Please take care to be vigilant during this time as sadly fraudsters are exploiting the spread of Coronavirus to facilitate various types of fraud and cybercrime so please be extra vigilant and cautious. Loan Sharks - The England Illegal Money Lending Team recognise that this period may be one of increased financial pressure for some people. The Team is fully committed to ensuring that illegal money lenders (loan sharks) do not take advantage and profit from other people’s hardship. The Stop Loan Sharks helpline service (0300 555 2222) remains open and fully operational during the COVID-19 pandemic and encourage not only victims but friends, family members and the wider community to come forward if they suspect someone is suffering at the hands of loan sharks. Support Local Businesses - Government are to grant permission for pubs and restaurants to operate as takeaways as part of coronavirus response, so please keep an eye out for what local businesses are offering.
Seeking Advice on Coronavirus - Please use government advice to inform decisions at www.gov.uk/government/organisations/public-health-england
Dealing with Planning Applications - For information on the plans put in place to ensure planning applications continue to be monitored, please look at the Planning Committee section of the website.
Parish Council Monthly meeting - The Parish council will not be holding its monthly meetings, taking into consideration government advice and the duty of care to members of the public, councillors and its employees. We will upate the website with monthly reports as far as practical so please do keep in touch with us.
Parish Office - The Parish Clerk will continue to be contactable by email and the office answerphone will be checked periodically.
Annual Parish Meeting CANCELLED - Plans for the Annual Parish Meeting (APM) which was scheduled for Monday 18 May 2020 have been considered during this difficult time and the Parish Council, who by convention organises the meeting, have decided to cancel the meeting in light of the Covid19 situation. Although the requirement for an APM is that it must convene between 1 March and 1 June in any year, during these exceptional times the Parish council are confident parishioners will understand the need to cancel a public meeting. A Parish meeting can be called by six electors at any time during the year and the Parish council can liaise with Parishioners at a more suitable time in the future.The Parish council will make every reasonable effort to publish reports and unaudited accounts, normally available at the Annual Parish Meeting, on its website as soon as practicable during this disrupted period.
Audit and the AGAR - It has been confirmed that the deadline for principal local authority government financial audits will be extended to 30 September 2020. The Parish council are awaiting further guidance for small authorities and will follow guidance or instructions as it is issued, we are currently following the advice of our auditors.