Heath and Reach Parish Council Committees

Committees and their responsibilities

The Parish Council has four committees: Cemetery Management, Finance, Planning and Environment and Sports and Recreation. These committees meet on an as and when required basis.

An agenda is published at least three working days prior to each meeting. Minutes are then posted once they have been approved at the following full parish council meeting.

All meetings are open to the public unless otherwise stated or instructed by the Chair at the time of the meeting.

St Leonards ChurchyardThe Cemetery Committee is responsible for the running and maintenance of the Heath and Reach Parish Cemetery.

The Cemetery Committee meets on a regular basis and at least four times a year. Whenever possible the committee meetings take place at the Heath Village Barn.

The actual dates, times and meeting location will be included on the agendas and published on this Website at least 3 days prior. Meeting agendas are also posted on the two parish notice-boards. 

The Cemetery Committee consists of the following Parish Council members:

Cllr. Dawn Fitzpatrick
Cemetery Committee Chair
Cllr. Louise Malone
Cemetery Committee Member
Cllr. Richard Thyer
Cemetery Committee Member
Cllr. Sarah Smith
Cemetery Committee Member
Francesca Sheppard
Parish Clerk

The Parish Clerk acts as an Officer to the Committee only and has no voting rights.

Further information relating to the Heath and Reach Parish Cemetery is available by following this link

Finance planningThe Finance Committee calculates the annual budget for the Parish Council each year. This calculation is then presented to, discussed by and agreed by the full Parish Council. It is this figure which, after being agreed by Central Bedfordshire Council, is used to calculate the ‘Heath and Reach Parish Council’ element of your Council Tax bill.

The Finance Committee is responsible for controlling income and expenditure throughout the year to ensure that the Parish Council operates within the agreed budget.

The Finance Committee meets on a regular basis about four times a year.

The Finance Committee consists of the following Council Members: 

Cllr. Anna Inns
Finance Committee Chair
Cllr. Dawn Fitzpatrick
Finance Committee Member
Cllr. Ian Chivers
Finance Committee Member
Cllr. Martin Boyden
Finance Committee Member
Cllr. Richard Thyer
Finance Committee Member
Francesca Sheppard
Parish Clerk

The Parish Clerk is the Responsible Finance Officer (RFO) and has no voting rights.

Click here to view the ‘Terms of Reference’ for the Finance Committee.

Annual Governance and Accountability Return for 2018/19

The audit has been concluded and a statement of accounts is available from the link below. In accordance with the rights of inspection conferred on local government electors by section 25 of the Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014; this document is also available to view by contacting the Parish Clerk to arrange a mutually convenient time. Please use our ‘Contact Us‘ form in the first instance.

A copy of the Annual Governance and Accountability Return is available for purchase by any person on payment of £10 for up to five years from the date of its publication.

The following table relates to the details of Budgets, Accounts Parish Assets and Independent Audits carried out behalf of Heath and Reach Parish Council. Each download link will open in a new window and can be viewed using a pdf reader.

 

HRPC Finance Reports

The following document links relate to Budgets, Accounts, Parish Assets and Independent Audits carried out behalf of Heath and Reach Parish Council. Each download link will open in a new window and can be viewed using a pdf reader.

DescriptionAccountsBudgetAuditAssets
Accounts 2020/2021 @ 31.5.2020View document
Year End accounts 2019/2020 @ 31.3.2020View document
Assets Register 2020/2021View document
Assets Register 2019/2020View document
Budget 2020/2021 View document
Budget 2019/2020View documentView document
Annual Internal Audit Report 2018/2019View document
Annual Internal Audit Report 2017/2018View document
Notice of Audit for the year ending 2018/2019View document
Notice of the conclusion of the Audit - Annual Return for the year ended 31st March 2019.View document
Annual Governance and Accountability Return 2018/19 - Part 3View document
Annual Governance Statement 2019-20View document

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The Planning and Environment Committee meets on an as and when required basis, but, whenever possible following the monthly meeting of the Parish Council. The committee is responsible for checking all planning applications within the parish boundaries and passing comments back to Central Bedfordshire Council, who make the final decisions.

Additionally, this committee meets regularly with the managers of the local quarries to discuss ongoing events and also liaises with the local P3 Group who maintain the footpaths around the village.

You can view the planning applications and their progress that have been submitted to Central Bedfordshire Council by clicking on the following link – Planning applications and appeals

We have produced a list of current planning applications for your perusal. This list is updated manually on a weekly basis and is viewable by visiting – Heath and Reach Planning Applications

To view the ‘Terms of Reference’ for the Planning and Environment Committee visit Terms of Reference

The Planning and Environment Committee consists of the following Parish Councillors:

Cllr. Ian Chivers
Planning Committee Chair
Cllr. Danny O'Brien
Planning Committee Member
Cllr. Donna Thompson
Planning Committee Member
Cllr. Martin Boyden
Planning Committee Member
Cllr. Richard Thyer
Planning Committee Member
Cllr. Sarah Smith
Planning Committee Member
Francesca Sheppard
Parish Clerk

The Parish Clerk acts as an Officer to the Committee only and has no voting rights.

The Sports and Recreation Committee is responsible for maintaining Thrift Road Playing Fields and Bryants Lane Sports & Recreation Ground. Where possible the meetings are held at these two sites. Regular checks are made on the Trim Trail and Tennis Courts at Bryants Lane and on the playground equipment and the surrounding area at Thrift Road.

Included within the remit of the Committee is the Millennium Garden.

Millennium Gardens stone

The Millennium Garden is now managed by the Parish Council having been given to the Village in celebration of the Millennium in January 2000 by the Allotment Trustees.

Entrance to the Gardens is from Bird’s Hill and Linslade Road allowing people to walk through and cut off the corner. There are flower beds around the edges with paths winding around two island beds in the middle. The Gardens have seasonal planting, together with aromatic herbs and an assortment of shrubs.

The Sports and Recreation Committee meets on a regular basis and at least four times a year.

The Sports and Recreation Committee consists of the following Parish Council members:

Cllr. Dawn Fitzpatrick
Sports and Recreation Committee Chair
Bryants Lane Sports Ground
Cllr. Lousie Malone
Sports and Recreation Committee Member
Bryants Lane Sports Ground
Cllr. Richard Thyer
Sports and Recreation Committee Member
Bryants Lane Sports Ground
Cllr. Sarah Smith
Sports and Recreation Committee Member
Bryants Lane Sports Ground
Francesca Sheppard
Parish Clerk - Officer to the Committee

The Parish Clerk acts as an Officer to the Committee only and has no voting rights.

Bryants Lane Sports Ground

  • Click click here to view the document to view the ‘Terms of Reference’ for the Sports and Recreation Management Committee.
  • Click here to view the Terms and Conditions of Hire and Usage.
  • Click here to view the ‘Hire Rates’ for Bryants Lane Sports Ground.
  • Click here to view the Booking form.
For each of the meetings, we prepare an agenda that is usually available 3 days prior. After the meeting, the minutes from the previously held meeting is approved and then published. These documents are available for inspection in our repository and can be accessed by clicking here.

Other official documents relating to these Committees are also held in our documents archive.

Details of the meeting dates for the four sub-committees and the full Parish Council meeting can be found by clicking here.

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