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Policy and Resources Committee 28 November 2019

Policy and Resources Committee 28 November 2019

Location: South Downs Centre Hall, Midhurst, GU29 9DH

Date and time: 28 November 2019 1pm

Contact Details:

Committee Officer

Tel: 01730 814810 Email:

Trevor Beattie

Chief Executive (National Park Officer)

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  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 Policy and Resources Committee meetings
    To approve as a correct record the minutes of the Policy and Resources Committee meeting on 26 September 2019. (page 1)
    Agenda Item 3
  4. Matters arising
    To enable any matters arising from the Policy and Resources 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.
  7. Budget Monitoring Report 2019/20: Month 6
    To consider a report from the Chief Finance Officer (PR19/20-18 page 9).
    Agenda Item 7
  8. Internal Audit – Progress Report
    To consider a report from the Internal Auditor (PR19/20-19 page 21).
    Agenda Item 8
  9. External Audit Annual Audit Letter 2018/19
    To consider a report from the External Auditor (PR19/20-20 page 31).
    Agenda Item 9
    Agenda Item 9 Appendix 1
  10. Falmer – Woodingdean Path Resurfacing
    To consider a report from the Access and Recreation Strategy Lead (PR19/20-21 page 47).
    Agenda Item 10
    Agenda Item 10 Appendix 1
    Agenda Item 10 Presentation
  11. Truleigh Hill Mid Project Review
    To consider a report from the Community Landscape Officer (Truleigh Hill) (PR19/20-22 page 57).
    Agenda Item 11
    Agenda Item 11 Appendix 1
  12. Update on People & Nature Network – Green infrastructure in the South Downs National Park and Wider South East
    To consider a report from the Countryside & Policy Manager Eastern Team (PR19/20-23 page 77).
    Agenda Item 12
    Agenda Item 12 Appendix 1
    Agenda Item 12 Appendix 2
    Agenda Item 12 presentation
  13. Wealden Heath Area Office Proposal – Heath Barn Farm
    To consider a report from the Head of Business Services (PR19/20-24 page 107).
    Agenda Item 13
    Agenda Item 13 Appendix 1 
    Agenda Item 13 Appendix 2
    Agenda Item 13 Appendix 3 
    Agenda Item 13 Appendix 4
  14. Quarter 2 Corporate Performance Report 2019/20
    To consider a report from the Performance and Research Lead (PR19/20-25 page 115).
    Agenda Item 14
    Agenda Item 14 Appendix 1
  15. Quarter 2 Project Update
    To consider a report from the Project Management Lead (PR19/20-26 page 125).
    Agenda Item 15
    Agenda Item 15 Appendix 1
  16. Annual Human Resources Report for the Year 2018/19
    To consider a report from the Human Resources Manager (PR19/20-27 page 133).
    Agenda Item 16
  17. Corporate Risk Register
    To consider a report from the Head of Governance (PR19/20-28 page 143).
    Agenda Item 17
    Agenda Item 17 Appendix 2
  18. Seven Sisters Project Update – Project Progress Update
    To consider a report from the Project Management Lead (PR19/20-29).
    Agenda Item 18
    Agenda Item 18 Appendix 1 

    CONFIRMED P&R Minutes 28 November 2019.
    (please note these were updated at the 27 February 2020 meeting)

Members of the Policy & Resources Committee

Sebastian Anstruther, Ken Bodfish,  Helen Burton, Chris Dowling, Chris Henry, Helen Jackson, Doug Jones, Michael Lunn, Russell Oppenheimer, Henry Potter, Andrew Shaxson, Isabel Thurston and Richard Waring

Independent Members of the Committee: Tom Fourcade and Carole Nicholson

Ex officio Members (may participate but not vote): Margaret Paren and Ian Phillips

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 the Committee Officer on or 01730 814810.

Public participation

Anyone wishing to speak at the meeting should register their request, using the Registration Form, no later than 12 noon on the Monday before the meeting. 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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