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Policy and Resources Committee 27 September 2018

Policy and Resources Committee 27 September 2018

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

Date and time: 27 September 2018 10:00

Contact Details:

Committee Officer

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

Trevor Beattie

Chief Executive (National Park Officer)

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confirmed P&R minutes 27.09.18

  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 Agenda Item 3
    To approve as a correct record the minutes of the Policy and Resources Committee meeting on19 July 2018 (page 1)
  4. Matters arising
    To enable any matters arising from the Policy & 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. Need for Part II Exclusion of Press and Public
    The Committee is asked to consider whether, in respect of Agenda Item 15  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 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. This conclusion is reached on the basis that whilst there is a public interest in maintaining transparency of Authority proceedings in relation to commercial activities it is felt that on balance this is outweighed by the requirement of the National Park Authority to be able to discuss commercial activities and fully consider the implications of its actions or proposed actions without commercially sensitive information being released into the public domain.


  1. Budget Monitoring Report for Month 4 2018/19<
    To consider a report from the Chief Finance Officer (PR36/18 page 7)
    Agenda Item 8
  2. Internal Audit – Progress Report
    To consider a report from the Internal Auditor (PR37/18 page 15).
    Agenda Item 9

Performance & Procedures

  1. Annual Health and Safety Report  for the Year 2017/18
    To consider a report from the Human Resources Manager & Safety Officer (PR38/18 page 21).
    Agenda Item 10
  2. Performance Report for Quarter 1 2018/19
    To consider a report from the Performance and Projects Manager (PR39/18 page 27).
    Agenda Item 11
    Agenda Item 11 Appendix 1
    Agenda Item 11 – Appendix 2
    Agenda Item 11 Presentation
  3. Corporate Risk Register
    To consider a report from the Head of Governance (PR40/18 page 55).
    Agenda Item 12


  1. Partnership Management Plan Task and Finish Group Update
    A verbal update from the Director of Countryside Policy and Management.
    Agenda Item 13 Presentation

Grants & Projects

  1. Project Evaluation – Big Chalk
    To consider a report from the Performance & Projects Manager (PR41/18 page 63)
    Agenda Item 14
    Agenda Item 14 Appendix 1
    Agenda Item 14 Appendix 2
    Agenda Item 14 Appendix 3
  1. Enterprise and Investment Task and Finish Group Update
    To consider a report from the Head of Business Services (PR42/18 page 99)
    Agenda Item 15
    Agenda Item 15 Appendix 1
    Agenda Item 15 Appendix 2

Members of the Policy & Resources Committee

Sebastian Anstruther, Ken Bodfish (Chair), Tim Burr, Jo Carr, Chris Dowling,  Janet Duncton,  Mark Dunn,  Philip Ede, Daniel Humphreys, Helen Jackson, Russell Oppenheimer and Pete West

Independent Members of the Committee (non-voting): Tom Fourcade and Carole Nicholson
Ex officio Members (may participate but not vote): Margaret and Paren 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

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Public Participation

Anyone wishing to speak at the meeting should register their request no later than 24 hours before the meeting.  Further information on public speaking at Committee and registering as a speaker is available here.   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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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?:
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  • 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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