Completion of the limited assurance review for year ended 31 March 2019

The external auditor, PFK Littlejohn, has now completed the limited assurance review of the Annual Governance and Accountability Return (AGAR) for Kingsmead Parish Council for the year ending 31st March 2019.

A Notice of conclusion of audit 2018-2019 is now published along with details of rights of inspection, in line with statutory requirements.

The notice and AGAR Sections 1-3 (including external auditor report) 2018-2019 can also be found under accounting statements on the documents page of the website and is displayed on the Parish Council notice board in Kingsmead Square.

 

Sir John Dean’s Sixth Form College Autumn Open Events

Sir John Dean’s Sixth Form College will be holding three open events for prospective students in the Autumn term.

Attendees are encouraged to walk or share a lift if possible when attending these events. The college also requests that visitors to be courteous to neighbours and not park across drives or cause any other obstructions.

The Open Events will be taking place on the following dates:

Thursday 3rd October  5.30pm – 8.30pm

Wednesday  23rd October 5.30pm – 8.30pm

Saturday 23rd November 10am -1pm.

Further details and booking information can be found at the website: www.sjd.ac.uk/openevents 

Young Citizen Award offers opportunity to improve lives of Gambian Community

Kingsmead Parish Council was pleased to be contacted by the recipient of the 2018 Young Citizens Award, Georgia Smith. Georgia has provided a fascinating report on her trip to the Gambia which can be read below.

Girls Take Action In The Gambia

Our teaching goals:
• Anaemia
• First aid
• Self esteem
• Science is fun
• Women’s hygiene

Before we set out to The Gambia we knew we had work to do. Some of the Guiding Leaders had visited The Gambia before and some hadn’t. Some Leaders were familiar to us-others were not. There were Girl Guides form across Cheshire some of whom we had never met before. We attended several sessions over the 12 months before departure for team building purposes and to get to grips with the tasks we were being set. These were chosen as our teaching goals. Anaemia, first aid, self-esteem, science is fun and women’s hygiene. Alagi flew out to meet with us a few months before departure. Excitement and anticipation began to grow.

Anaemia
The purpose of the Anaemia topic was to explain the condition, its symptoms, causes and prevention. The session began with the use of a model using Orbeez (balls that expand in water) to show the women and children what anaemia was. The symptoms were highlighted in a play that we had produced and performed, and then we reiterated the symptoms, along with the causes of anaemia, in a picture presentation. The session concluded with a discussion around ways to prevent anaemia. The format was adapted to suit the age of the groups we were teaching- so some we made more interactive, by using a snakes and ladders board game to identify the causes, symptoms and prevention methods.

First Aid
The first aid sessions were taught with the use of fake wounds placed on members of the session leaders. We explained how each wound could occur, and we made it relevant to their lives. A burn from a domestic fire for example.
We demonstrated how the wound could be sterilised and dressed with the resources available to them at home. We discussed when it might be important to seek hospital or clinic attention, although some would struggle to access these services. The Gambians were delighted to receive our mini first aid kits with important essentials such as bandages, plasters and it was lovely to see all the children bringing the first aid kits back strapped to their bags to the session the following day. The locals were all given the opportunity to watch the demonstrations and then take a turn in dressing a wound with a bandage.

Self esteem
The self esteem session was presented to the Women’s Development Group members of which are women aged 18 and above. We began by establishing what they considered to be “the ideal woman”. We discussed image myths of the “ideal girl” and wrote down the cost to the woman of attempting to achieve those characteristic. We discussed the lengths women might go to in order to look like the ”ideal woman”, such as by dieting excessively. We talked about how this impacts on a woman’s self-esteem. The women were then encouraged to shout out to the group who they perceived to be their role models. It was nice to hear that most of the women considered their parents to be their role models, and a few even said their teachers. We went on to list which jobs they perceived as being more or less important, and we concluded this session by saying that all jobs are important in different ways, and all job roles should be valued. We ended the session by asking the group to share one thing they liked about their appearance, then their personality and finally one thing they liked about someone else in the group. We wanted the girls to encourage themselves and others to embrace and share the positive things about themselves.

Science is fun
For the “science is fun sessions” both Anne-Marie and I were on the Physics sessions, but there were also biochemistry, biology and chemistry demonstrations. For the physics sessions, we each went onto our own tables and performed the more complex demonstrations , including electrolysis, electrics using an electrics board, and the solar system. One of our guide leaders demonstrated the simpler concepts, which entertained the younger girls. They were fascinated with our sound waves model. We put a speaker into a box, tightly fitted some baking paper over the top, sealed it and blasted out Queen and Whitney Houston, showing the sound waves by watching sand grains move on top of the baking paper.

Women’s hygiene
The women’s hygiene session was one of the more difficult sessions to present. We had to change the session content to make it age appropriate and this was especially so at the Guide camp.
For the menstrual health session, we began by listing conversation topics that the women might feel open to talking about, topics they felt they could only talk about in private and topics they would prefer not to talk about at all.
We then talked about the type of symptoms girls might face whilst menstruating, emphasising the fact every girl might have a different experience each time. We talked about the physical body changes a girl experiences during puberty. We talked about why girls have periods, what a period means, how regularly they might occur, what to expect to see coming away including blood clots. The main message was not to fear periods, as every woman experiences them. We passed around a plastic cup and then a bucket of water. The activity was designed for the women to guess how much blood they lose during a period. Everyone was surprised to see how little they lose. The women were given timetables to monitor their periods. We had to take into consideration that some of the girls may be malnourished which could affect their cycle. We then spoke about sanitary provisions, and considered what resources they might have available back at home.
We handed out packets of reusable sanitary towels, three day time towels and two night time ones with an explanation of how to use them, and how to clean them. We played a true or false game to enable learning around pain and side effects of periods.We highlighted the importance of personal hygiene, and how to make sure it is efficiently done and explained how to do it.
The session ended with a Q&A which turned out to be a myth busting exercise. The perception seemed to be that everything had to stop for the duration of their period. Hopefully now women will feel enabled to carry on with their daily activities, despite being on their periods.

The group of Guides we travelled with further enhanced our Gambian experience. We all connected and got on really well. We have made friends for life. Anne-Marie and I recently shared a shift at the Guide stall at the Cheshire Show with Esther and it was great to catch up with her and share memories of The Gambia. I would like for every teenager to be given the opportunity to go and experience the adventure. The people of The Gambia learned a lot from us, but we learned a lot about humanity and humility too.We cannot thank you enough for your financial support in getting us there, and hopefully now you can see what your support has meant to the people we met who are -as we speak changing their everyday lives for the better. Because of you.

Future Prospects

The Gunjur Youths for Health used the diabetes testing kits along with the blood pressure monitors we took to the Gambia on the local people. On the 22nd of April, they had already completed their third round of blood pressure and sugar monitoring. Close to 100 people had had their blood pressure and sugar tested, and as a result some people were actually referred to see their doctor.

The Youth Development Group was so inspired by all the sessions we did, that they have started their own community peer education project, to become, in their own words “strong women in our communities” .

They hope to promote the message that women “don’t have to rely on men for everything”.

They have challenged themselves to train 1000 people within their own communities in the next year, and eventually hope to travel to wider settings.

On the 15th June 2019,  they presented their first peer education sessions to the local women.

We were sent videos on our Gambia Group Chat, and with lots of planning, their sessions were well organised and the women presenting were super confident.


Georgia also wrote in her letter ” I would like to again thank you for the Young Citizens Award awarded in June 2018. The trip commenced in the April 2019, [and] the [report above] shows what we did out in The Gambia, and shows how much your money contributed to the trip helping improve the lives of the Gambian community, with lots of future prospects continually increasing. Depending on my university course and term times, I am looking to be able to travel back to The Gambia in 2021, and meet not only new people, but also meet the old friends we made out there. I can only thank you again for allowing me to venture out there, I left feeling a sense of accomplishment at what we achieved and how many people out there are spreading our message”

Dog Warden and Kennelling Service consultation by Cheshire West and Chester Council

Closing date: 11 August 2019

Background

Councils are required by law to provide a stray dog collection service and are permitted to recover most of the costs. There are no legal minimum standards for the level of service, but we believe that we provide a good service relative to other councils, both in terms of the hours of service and especially animal welfare.  The Council is proud that the service has achieved the RSPCA’s Gold Paw Print Award for the seventh consecutive year.

As our current contract is coming to an end, we have carried out a review and are considering making some changes. The purpose of the proposed changes is to improve the service by ensuring that it better fits the demands placed on it, and at the same time, to try to ensure that the costs to the Council do not increase. The net cost to the Council of the dog warden service is currently about £58,000 per year.

What we are consulting on

Following the review, the Council is proposing to make the following changes to the Dog Warden and Stray Dog Kennelling Service:

  • change the days and times that the dog warden is on duty, including extending the service to include Saturdays and Sundays, and change the times so that they better reflect demand.
  • Introduce free training courses on responsible dog ownership, legal requirements, dog welfare and basic dog training
  • In order to ensure a fairer and more consistent approach to charging, and to keep other charges (e.g. kennel charges) as low as possible, it is proposed to introduce a charge to the owner of £40, if the dog warden is called out to deal with a stray dog, even if it is possible to reunite the dog with its owner without taking the dog to kennels.  In these circumstances, it is also proposed to offer a part-refund (for example, of 50%) if the owner attends one of the training courses offered.

How to share your views

The six week consultation period closes on 11 August 2019. You can tell us what you think about the proposals by taking part in our online survey.

Other ways to take part

Comments can also be emailed and paper copies of the survey can be requested via the following methods:

Other ways of accessing information

Council information is also available in audio, braille, large print or other formats. If you would like a copy in a different format, in another language or require a British sign language (BSL) interpreter:

Please note:

We welcome views from all sections of the community and would encourage everyone to take part in this consultation. Note that the Council has a responsibility to make sure that its services are available to all, regardless of race, colour, nationality, ethnic origin, sex, age, marital status, sexual orientation, disability, religion or belief or sexual identity. Comments that are offensive to particular groups or considered inappropriate under the Equality Act 2010 will not be considered or published as part of this consultation

Summer Fun in Northwich

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Playground notice: Pulford Close

The slide unit at the Pulford Close play area is being closed until a replacement part can be installed next week.

 

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Cheshire West and Chester Borough Council Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 – Temporary Road Closure A533 Davenham Bypass in Northwich

Notice is hereby given pursuant to the provisions of Section 14 of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 the effect of which will be to prohibit traffic on the following lengths of roads in Northwich to enable Carraigeway patching works to be carried out by Cheshire west and Chester Council.
Davenham Bypass – (Between London Road and St Wilfrids Roundabout)
(Night Closure between the hours of 20:00-06:00)
Nothing in the Order shall prevent driving upon the said lengths of road of any vehicle which is being used for the conveyance of persons goods or merchandise to or from any premises situate on or adjacent to the lengths of road or in connection with agriculture building construction works of repair and the like or use in an emergency of vehicles for fire brigade ambulance or police purposes. A through route will not always be available and any vehicles not requiring access to properties on the length of road should use alternative routes.
The closure will come into force on 17th July 2019 and will be in force for a maximum of 5 Nights. It is anticipated that the work will last for approximately 2 Nights.

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Cheshire West and Chester Borough Council Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 – Temporary Road Closure A533 Kingsmead in Northwich

Notice is hereby given pursuant to the provisions of Section 14 of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 the effect of which will be to prohibit traffic on the following lengths of roads in Northwich to enable Carriageway Patching works to be carried out by Cheshire West and Chester Council.

A533 Kingsmead, Kingsmead, Northwich (Between The Crescent and London Road)
(Night closure between the hours of 20:00 and 06:00)

Nothing in the Order shall prevent driving upon the said lengths of road of any vehicle which is being used for the conveyance of persons goods or merchandise to or from any premises situate on or adjacent to the lengths of road or in connection with agriculture building construction works of repair and the like or use in an emergency of vehicles for fire brigade ambulance or police purposes. A through route will not always be available and any vehicles not requiring access to properties on the length of road should use alternative routes.

The closure will come into force on 19th July 2019 and will be in force for a maximum of 5 Nights. It is anticipated that the work will last for approximately 2 Nights.

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Wild Bee Orchids

Wild bee orchids have been discovered growing on the verges on the Kingsmead spineroad.

As the Council is keen to promote the growth of wild flowers, areas around the wild flowers have been left uncut to protect the flowers.

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Hedge Trimming

A number of residents have been in touch to enquire about hedge trimming schedules as the hedges have grown significantly in the summer months with the wet and warm weather.

The Council’s contract schedules hedge trimming to begin in August. This will be reviewed by the Council at the meeting on Monday 15th July to consider the commencement of works to some areas before August, taking into consideration the laws protecting nests and obligations of the contractor to manage the risk of early hedge cutting.

 

Guidance on flying drones

The Council has been contacted regarding concerns about drone flying in the area.

Drones should be flown in accordance with ‘The Drone Code’:-

Don’t fly near airports or airfields
Remember to stay below 400ft (120m) 
Observe your drone at all times – stay 150ft (50m) away from people and property
Never fly near aircraft Enjoy responsibly

Permission from the CAA is required for commercial operations such as the sale of photographs.

Further guidance on using drones with cameras and the Data Protection Act can be found on the ICO website at the link below:-

https://ico.org.uk/your-data-matters/drones/

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Best Kept Garden Competition Winners 2019

The standard of entries was exceptionally high and the winners have now been awarded their prizes by one of the judges, Cllr Helen Weltman and the Chairman, Cllr Chris Reed. Thank you to all of thos who entered the competition.

Jan Wilson won £100 of gardening vouchers for first place

Peter Prost won £75 of vouchers for second place

Carole and Mike Jestin won £50 of vouchers for third place

Dukes Way 1 play area – New multi-play unit to be installed

Following the removal of the multi-play unit from the Duke’s Way 1 play area, a replacement has now been ordered which will be suitable for 7-14 year olds. It is hoped this will be installed in August. The unit is shown below and will be green, grey and black.

Would you like a village hall in Kingsmead?

Kingsmead is a great place to live with its lovely riverside walks and ponds, however Kingsmead Parish Council feel that the area would benefit from the addition of a village hall, that could potentially serve as a focal point for the community.  Before we progress this further, we would like to understand the views from the Kingsmead community and as such, we would be grateful if you could complete the following questionnaire and share your thoughts and views on this idea:-

Online at Survey Monkey

PDF:              Kingsmead Village Hall Questionnaire

Word doc:      Kingsmead Village Hall Questionnaire

Questionnaires can be returned by email to clerk@kingsmeadpc.org.uk or posted to Kingsmead Parish Council, PO Box 448, Knutsford. WA16 1FJ

If you would like a printed copy, please contact the clerk on 01606 533858

 

 

NOTICE OF PUBLIC RIGHTS AND PUBLICATION OF UNAUDITED ANNUAL GOVERNANCE & ACCOUNTABILITY RETURN ACCOUNTS FOR THE YEAR ENDED 31 MARCH 2019

Smaller authority name: ____KINGSMEAD PARISH COUNCIL_____________

NOTICE OF PUBLIC RIGHTS AND PUBLICATION OF UNAUDITED ANNUAL GOVERNANCE & ACCOUNTABILITY RETURN
ACCOUNTS FOR THE YEAR ENDED 31 MARCH 2019

Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014 Sections 26 and 27
The Accounts and Audit Regulations 2015 (SI 2015/234)

NOTICE NOTES

1. Date of announcement___ Wednesday 12th June 2019_______________(a)
2. Each year the smaller authority’s Annual Governance and Accountability Return (AGAR) needs to be reviewed by an external auditor appointed by Smaller Authorities’ Audit Appointments Ltd. The unaudited AGAR has been published with this notice. As it has yet to be reviewed by the appointed auditor, it is subject to change as a result of that review.
Any person interested has the right to inspect and make copies of the accounting records for the financial year to which the audit relates and all books, deeds, contracts, bills, vouchers, receipts and other documents relating to those records must be made available for inspection by any person interested. For the year ended 31 March 2019, these documents will be available on reasonable notice by application to:

(b) Sarah Morgan, Clerk and RFO
PO Box 448 Knutsford WA16 1FJ______________________________
01606 533 858_____________________________________________
clerk@kingsmeadpc.org.uk___________________________________

commencing on (c) __Monday 17 June 2019 _______________________

and ending on (d) ___Friday 26 July 2019 ________________________

3. Local government electors and their representatives also have:

• The opportunity to question the appointed auditor about the accounting records; and
• The right to make an objection which concerns a matter in respect of which the appointed auditor could either make a public interest report or apply to the court for a declaration that an item of account is unlawful. Written notice of an objection must first be given to the auditor and a copy sent to the smaller authority.

The appointed auditor can be contacted at the address in paragraph 4 below for this purpose between the above dates only.

4. The smaller authority’s AGAR is subject to review by the appointed auditor under the provisions of the Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014, the Accounts and Audit Regulations 2015 and the NAO’s Code of Audit Practice 2015. The appointed auditor is:

PKF Littlejohn LLP (Ref: SBA Team)
1 Westferry Circus
Canary Wharf
London E14 4HD
(sba@pkf-littlejohn.com)

5. This announcement is made by (e) _ Sarah Morgan, Clerk and Responsible Financial Officer

LOCAL AUTHORITY ACCOUNTS – A SUMMARY OF YOUR RIGHTS

The unaudited Annual Governance and Accountability Return can be viewed below:-

Section 1: Annual Governance Statement 2018/2019

Section 2: Accounting Statements 2018/2019

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Kingsmead Primary School Friends Association Summer Fayre- 15th June at 1pm

The judging of this year’s Best Kept Garden Competition has now taken place and the winners will be announced at the Kingsmead Primary School Friends Association Summer Fayre which is taking place this Saturday from 1pm.

Members of the Council will be attending the event to meet residents and they will also be giving out free saplings and other goodies. We hope to see you there.

 

 

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Ground maintenance – grass cutting in wet weather

The Grounds Maintenance Contractor is carring out routine maintenance in Kingmead this week which includes mowing of the verges.

Due to extremely wet weather, the areas which have been mown may have temporary marks from the lawn mowers which will soon recover.

Please contact the Clerk if you have any questions or concerns about any aspect of the grounds maintenance.

Best Kept Garden Competition 2019 – Presentation at the Kingsmead Primary School Summer Fair

Thanks to all of those who entered this year’s competition.

The three winners will be announced at the Kingsmead Primary School Summer Fair which is taking place on 15th June at 1pm.

The Parish Council will also be giving away saplings and other freebies at the Council’s stall so please come along to support this fantastic event.

 

Play Area Updates – Dukes Way 1 and Kingslawn Close/Mereworth Drive

Dukes Way 1

Following health and safety concerns about rot to the frame and extensive wear to the bridge, the entire structure at the site area was fenced off to prevent injury. The site was subsequently broken into which left the structure accessible.

Due to ongoing concerns about the risk of the site, the entire structure has now been removed as it was not financially viable to repair due to the age of the equipment.

The structure will be replaced as a priority and it is hoped that the new equipment will be in place by August.

Kingslawn Close/Mereworth Drive

The tall wooden climbing unit at the site has now been removed due to extensive rot through the frame meaning it could not be repaired to the required standard.

The Council intends to replace this item with one or two pieces of equipment suitable for a similar age range.


If you would like to get in touch about any aspect of the play areas in Kingsmead, please email clerk@kingsmeadpc.org.uk or call 01606 533858

Kingsmead Litter Pick

Sunday 19th May, 10am to 12pm

If you would like to be involved please meet at the Kingsmead Parish Council noticeboard in Kingsmead Square at 10am. 

Litter picks, gloves and bin bags will be provided.  Children under 16 are very welcome if accompanied by an adult.  We look forward to seeing you there.

Any queries, please call 01606 533858 or email clerk@kingsmeadpc.org.uk

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