Policy and Resources Committee 20 July 2017

Location: South Downs Centre, North Street, Midhurst, GU29 9DH

Date and time: 20 July 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. 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

PART 1

  1. Apologies for absence
  2. Election of Chair
    To elect a Chair for the Policy & Resources Committee.
  3. Election of Deputy Chairs
    To elect 2 Deputy Chairs for the Policy & Resources Committee.
  4. 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.
  5. Minutes of previous Governance and Policy & Programme Committee meetings
    To approve as a correct record the minutes of the Governance (5a) and Policy & Programme (5b) Committee meetings. (page 1 & 5)
  6. Matters arising
    To enable any matters arising from the Governance and Policy & Programme Committee minutes that are not covered elsewhere on this agenda to be raised.
  7. 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.
  8. Public participation
    To hear questions or comments from members of the public present at the meeting.
  9. Need for Part II Exclusion of Press and Public
    The Authority is asked to consider whether, in respect of Agenda Items 19 the public, including the press, should be excluded from the meeting on the basis that it is likely, in view of the nature of the business to be transacted or the nature of the proceedings, that if a member of the public were present during the items there would be disclosure to them of exempt information within Paragraph 3 of Part 1 of Schedule 12A to the Local Government Act 1972, being information relating to to the financial and business affairs of individuals, companies and other organisations, and that in all the circumstances of the case, the public interest in maintaining the exempt information outweighs the public interest in disclosing the information, for the reasons set out in the report

AUDIT

  1. Audited Statement of Accounts 2016/17& Letter of representation
    To consider a report from the Chief Finance Officer (PR01/17 to follow)
  2. Internal Audit Annual Report 2016/17
    To consider a report from the Internal Auditor (PR02/17 page 9).
  3. Audit results report 16/17
    To consider a report from the Chief Finance Officer (PR03/17 to follow)
  4. Annual Governance Statement and Updated Local Code of Corporate Governance
    To consider a report from the Head of Governance (PR04/17 page 17).

PERFORMANCE & PROCEDURES

  1. Year End Performance Report for 2016/17
    To consider a report from the Performance and Projects Manager (PR05/17 page 45).

STRATEGY

  1. Cycling and Walking Strategy
    To consider a report from the Director of Countryside Policy and Management (PR06/17 page 181)
  2. Wiston Whole Estate Plan
    To consider a report from the Director of Countryside Policy and Management (PR07/17 page 217).
  3. Future of Farming in the South Downs National Park
    To consider a report from the Director of Countryside Policy and Management (PR08/17 page 223)

GRANTS & PROJECTS

  1. Project Evaluation Report
    To consider a report from the Performance and Projects Manager (PR09/17 page 237)

PART II

The papers for the next items are enclosed for Members of the Committee only (pink paper).

  1. Exempt Minutes of previous meeting held on 25 May 2017 (Part II)
    To approve as a correct record the Part II minutes of the Policy & Programme Committee meeting held on 25 May 2017 (page 249). These minutes are not for publication as they contains exempt information within Paragraphs 3 of Part 1 of Schedule 12A to the Local Government Act 1972, being information relating to the financial and business affairs of the Authority, and that in all the circumstances of the case, the public interest in maintaining the exempt information outweighs the public interest in disclosing the information

MEETING PAPERS

To all Members of the Policy & Resources Committee:
Sebastian Anstruther, Ken Bodfish,Tim Burr, Jo Carr, Chris Dowling, Janet Duncton, Mark Dunn, Philip Ede, Daniel Humphries, Helen Jackson, Russell Oppenheimer, Sue Saville and Pete West

Independent Members of the Committee: Lewis Doyle and Carole Nicholson
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 committee.officer@southdowns.gov.ukor 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 committee.officer@southdowns.gov.uk

The 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