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Governance Committee 24 May 2017

Governance Committee 24 May 2017

Location: South Downs Centre Hall

Date and time: 24 May 2017 13:00

Contact Details:

Committee Officer

Tel: 01730 814810 Email: committee.officer@southdowns.gov.uk

Trevor Beattie

Chief Executive (National Park Officer)

The Openness of Local Government Bodies Regulations are in force, giving a right to members of the public to record (film, photograph and audio-record) and report on proceedings at committee meetings. Please read our protocol on Filming, Recording and Reporting of SDNPA Meetings Protocol for more information.

At the start of the meeting the Chair will make an announcement that the meeting may be filmed, recorded or photographed. Webcasting is undertaken in the public interest and in the exercise of our official authority, by entering the meeting room and using the public seating area you are consenting to being filmed, recorded and photographed. If you have any queries regarding this please contact committee.officer@southdowns.gov.uk

AGENDA

  1. Apologies for absence
  2. Declaration of Interests
    To enable Members to declare to the meeting any disclosable interest they may have in any matter on the agenda for the meeting.
  3. Minutes of previous meeting held on 21 February 2017
    To approve as a correct record the minutes of the Governance Committee meeting held on 21 February 2017 (Page 1).
  4. Matters arising
    To enable any matters arising from the 21 February 2016 Governance Committee minutes that are not covered elsewhere on this agenda to be raised.
  5. Urgent Matters
    To consider any matter on the agenda which the Chair agrees should be considered as a matter of urgency to due special circumstances.
  6. Public participation
    To hear questions or comments from members of the public present at the meeting.

FINANCE, AUDIT AND RISK

  1. Internal Audit Progress and Implementation Report
    To consider a report from the Internal Auditor (GOV10/17 page 7)
  2. Purchasing Cards – Update on Progress Following Audit Report
    To consider a report from the Head of Business Services (GOV11/17 page 15).
  3. Corporate Risk Register
    To consider a report from the Head of Governance (GOV12/17 page 19)
  4. Annual Audit Fee Letter 2017/18
    To consider a report from the External Auditor (GOV13/17) page 27)

PROJECTS, PERFORMANCE, EVALUATION AND REVIEWS

  1. Governance Review
    To consider a report from the Head of Governance (GOV14/17 page 33).
  2. Update on the Appointment of Independent Person under the Localism Act 2011
    To consider a report from the Head of Governance (GOV15/17 page 59)

Meeting Papers

To all Members of the Governance Committee:
Sebastian Anstruther (Deputy Chair), Norman Dingemans (Chair), Gill Mattock, Jim Sheppard, Lewis Doyle (Independent Committee Member) and Carole Nicholson (Independent Committee Member)

Ex officio Members (may participate but not vote):
Margaret Paren and Norman Dingemans

Members’ Interests
SDNPA Members have a primary responsibility for ensuring that the Authority furthers the National Park Purposes and Duty. Members regard themselves first and foremost as Members of the Authority, and will act in the best interests of the National Park as a whole, rather than as representatives of their appointing body or any interest groups.

Members are required to declare any disclosable pecuniary interest that is not already entered in the Authority’s register of interests, and any personal interest and/or public service interest (as defined in Paragraph 18 of the Authority’s Code of Conduct) they may consider relevant to an item of business being considered at the meeting (such disclosure to be made at the commencement of the meeting, or when the interest becomes apparent).

Access to Information
If you would like a copy of this agenda in large print or an alternative format/language please contact Member Services on mailto:committee.officer@southdowns.gov.uk or 01730 814810

Recording of Meetings
The Openness of Local Government Bodies Regulations give a right to members of the public to record (film, photograph and audio-record) and report on proceedings at committee meetings. The Authority has a protocol on ‘Filming, Recording and Reporting of South Downs National Park Authority Meetings’ which is available on our website www.southdowns.gov.uk

As part of the Authority’s drive to increase accessibility to its public meetings, this meeting may be filmed for live and/ or subsequent broadcast via the internet; at the start of the meeting the Chair will confirm if all or part of the meeting is to be filmed. The images and sound recording may be used for training or any other purposes by the Authority. By entering the meeting room and using the public seating area you are consenting to being filmed, recorded or photographed and to the possible use of those images and sound recordings for webcasting and/or training purposes. If you have any queries regarding this, please e-mail committee.officer@southdowns.gov.uk

Public Participation
Anyone wishing to speak at the meeting should register their request no later than 24 hours before the meeting by e-mailing mailto:committee.officer@southdowns.gov.ukThe public participation protocol is available on our website www.southdowns.gov.uk

Feedback
If you wish to give us feedback on your experience of the meeting please e-mail committee.officer@southdowns.gov.uk

Public participation

Anyone wishing to speak at the meeting should register their request, by emailing the following information to public.speaking@southdowns.gov.uk no later than 12 noon on the Monday before the meeting.

  • Name:
  • Address:
  • Phone Number:
  • Email:
  • Planning Application Number:
  • Details of Proposed Development:
  • Indicate if you are speaking in support or against the application:
  • Who are you representing?:
  • In the event that more than 3 people request to speak in favour or against an item it may be necessary for them to agree amongst themselves who should speak at the meeting. In order to facilitate this process we would ask you to confirm that you are happy with us sharing your name and e-mail address with other potential speakers. We will not share any other personal details with any other third parties.
  • YES / NO (delete as appropriate)

Confirmation that you have registered to speak will be send after 12 noon deadline. Further information on public speaking and registering as a speaker.

Please note that there is no catering provision for members of the public during meal breaks. However there are cafes, pubs and shops in Midhurst town centre, approximately 5 minutes’ walk away.

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