Parish Biodiversity Audit

This document has been produced as a starting point to help community action for wildlife. By starting to bring together knowledge of the natural assets of the parish, it may go some way to achieving its aim of contributing to and stimulating ideas for local action.

It should be emphasised that it is just a beginning. It does not represent a comprehensive account of the parish and is based very largely on existing records held by the Devon Biodiversity Records Centre (DBRC). There will be a wealth of local knowledge that can be used to build upon and improve this report.

Indeed, it is important that it is seen as a ‘living document’ and one that belongs to the parish. It is hoped that it will be added to and refined by the people of Georgeham parish in future years.

Consultation draft – June 2010

Full Audit Document can be found here

Appendix 1 – Map, Notable sites within Georgham Parish

Appendix 1 – Map, Notable species within Georgham Parish

By Anne Harvey

Report commissioned by Devon County Council

Data supplied by the Devon Biodiversity Records Centre

Protocol of the Recording of Meetings

Model Protocol on the filming and recording of Local Council and Committee Meetings.

Adopted on 25/09/14.

The right to record, film and broadcast meetings of Local Councils, committees and sub committees was established following the Local Government Audit and Accountability Act 2014. The “Openness of Local Government Bodies Regulations 2014” became active legislation in August 2014. This is in addition to the rights of the press and public to attend such meetings.

This documents sets out the protocol for the filming or recording of the Meetings of Georgeham Parish Council.
The right of the council to exclude the press and public from parts of Council meetings for contractual and staff confidentially reasons remains unaffected.

Members of the public are permitted to film or record Council meetings, to which they are permitted access, in a non-disruptive manner. The Chairman of the meeting has the authority to stop a meeting and take appropriate action if any person contravenes these principles or is deemed to be recording in a disruptive manner.

The use of digital and social media recording tools, for example ‘Twitter’, blogging or audio recording will be allowed as long as it is carried out in a non-disruptive way and only to the extent that it does not interfere with any person’s ability, including where he or she has a disability, to follow the debate.

While those attending meetings are deemed to have consented to the filming, recording or broadcasting of meetings, those exercising the rights to film, record and broadcast must respect the rights of other people attending under the Data Protection Act 1998. This will include the particular rights of any children or vulnerable adults attending the meeting.

Any person or organisation choosing to film, record or broadcast a meeting of the Council or a committee is responsible for any claims or other liability from them so doing.

The Council asks those recording proceedings not to edit the film or recording in a way that could lead to misinterpretation of the proceedings, or infringe the core values of the Council. This includes refraining from editing an image or views expressed in a way that may ridicule or show lack of respect towards those being filmed or recorded.

The Council will display requirements as to filming, recording and broadcasting at its Meeting venues and those undertaking these activities will be deemed to have accepted them whether they have read them or not.

The Council may itself photograph, film, record or broadcast at its meetings and can retain, use or dispose of such material in accordance with its retention, usage and disposal policies.

The hard copy of the document can be found here to print at your leisure

General Risk Assessment

The greatest risk facing a local authority is not being able to deliver the activity or services expected of the Council.

Risk assessment is a systematic general examination of working conditions, workplace activities and environmental factors that will enable the employer to identify any and all potential risks inherent in the place or practices.

Based on a recorded assessment the employer should then take all practical and necessary steps to reduce or eliminate the risks, insofar as is practically possible. Making sure that all employees are made aware of the results of the risk assessment.

This document has been produced to enable the Parish Council to assess the risks that it faces and satisfy itself that it has taken

adequate steps to minimise them. In conducting this exercise, the following plan was followed:

  • Identify the areas to be reviewed.
  • Identify what the risk may be.
  • Evaluate the management and control of the risk and record all findings.
  • Review, assess and revise if required.

The full document can be found here

Grant Giving Policy

GRANT GIVING POLICY.

Adopted 30 July 2009.

Reviewed and adopted on 25 September 2014.

Reviewed and adopted on 28 January 2016.
ABOUT GEORGEHAM PARISH COUNCIL GRANTS.

Georgeham Parish Council is committed to providing financial assistance towards projects, community organisations and local groups for the specific purpose of improving the well being of the local community.

The Council is prevented in statute from giving financial assistance to individuals.

Organisations which apply must be non-profit making or charitable. Grants will not be made retrospectively and only one application will be considered from an organisations in any one financial year.

HOW TO APPLY.

By letter to the Clerk, details as follows:

Mrs S Squire, Parish Clerk, Georgeham Parish Council,
Haxlea, 2 Threeways, Bratton Fleming, Barnstaple, EX31 4TG

If you need assistance in this regard, please do not hesitate to contact the Clerk on 01598 710526 or by email: sue@suesquire.com

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA.

1. Applicants must be a non-profit making/charitable organisation operating within the Parish of Georgeham. Organisations should be registered as a charity, but non-registered organisations will still be eligible if a Management Committee is in place and all other criteria are met.

2. Applicants must have a Bank/Building Society Account with at least two signatories.

3. The applicant’s aims and objectives must be clear and show the direct benefits to the well-being of the community.

4. Applicants must have independently audited accounts and submit an audited financial statement with their application.

TERM & CONDITIONS.

You must use the grant within one year for the purpose in which it was given. Any delays with project timescales must be reported to the Clerk. Unspent grants may have to be repaid.

A hard copy of the policy can be found here to print at your leisure.

Equal Opportunity Policy

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY POLICY.

ADOPTED 29 OCTOBER 2009

Reviewed and adopted on 25 September 2014

Reviewed and adopted on 28 January 2016
Georgeham Parish Council works to ensure equal opportunities are met. We do not discriminate on the grounds of race, age, gender, disability, or religion.

People will be treated with respect and dignity and receive equal treatment regardless of race, nationality, gender, sexual orientation, where they live, disability, marital status and age.

No one will be harassed, abused or intimidated on the grounds of his or her race, gender, age, nationality or sexual orientation.

Incidents of harassment will be taken seriously and will be considered by the Committee.

Code of Conduct

The Members Code of Conduct document available below and produced by the North Devon Council applies to all elected members of Georgeham Parish Council (Members) and extends to members of the public who choose to participate in a meeting (Co-opted members).

At the highest level overview, Members and Co-opted Members should have regard to the Principles of Public Life, namely:

  • Selflessness
  • Honesty/Integrity
  • Objectivity
  • Accountability
  • Openness
  • Personal judgment
  • Respect for others
  • Duty to uphold the law
  • Stewardship
  • Leadership

Please find the full file here for you to print at your convenience: Code of Conduct 2012.docx

Stray Animals

What to do about stray animals:

If you find a stray dog and it has no address tag or telephone number on its collar, please contact your local authority dog warden, via your local council’s Environmental Health Department, who will be able to help you. For any other stray animals, please contact the RSPCA or your local vet for guidance.

Affordable Housing Drop In

CROYDE & GEORGEHAM AFFORDABLE HOUSING DROP IN.

This event, promoted by Georgeham Parish Council was held on February 9 2017. The Rural Housing Enabler of Devon Communities Together and the Housing Allocation and Temporary Accommodation Service Lead of North Devon Council were present to assist people.

General information was provided about Affordable Housing to rent and possible intermediate rent / shared ownership / discounted. Rented housing is accessed through Devon Homechoice and it is simplest to register for this online. It is essential to register, keep details up to date, and stay on the system when it is reviewed each year, around April time. People should always express an interest in properties that they are interested in, even if it appears that there are many others interested.

Older rented housing will be allocated on the basis of general housing need and can go to people from across the District. Newer schemes are prioritised for those with a local connection to the Parish, or if no interest, to the adjoining rural ones or ultimately to North Devon. In broad terms this connection will be 5 years residence, 5 years employment, current employment in certain professions (emergency services, primary or secondary school teacher, agriculture and professional healthcare or social worker), or born / raised in the area but have moved away and still have a parent or guardian living there.

Those who attended the drop-in are all either renting privately, or living with a relative and are seeking more security of tenure or an independent home. Most appeared to meet local connection criteria.

All expressed an interest in both Affordable housing to rent or in low cost home ownership. No information about income or savings was gathered and individuals will need to check affordability with those selling such property. It was made clear intermediate rent / shared ownership / discounted sale home would also be prioritised for local people and that the sale value would be restricted to keep it as an affordable home.

Everyone that attended was aware of a new housing scheme in the pipeline from Pearce Homes. This has planning approval subject to the signing of a Section 106 Planning Agreement. This scheme is for sixteen homes in total and includes 5 affordable, 4 social rented (3 x 2 bed and 1 x 3 bed) and 1 intermediate rent / shared ownership / discounted sale (1 x 2 bed). All 5 rented and intermediate rent / shared ownership / discounted homes will be prioritised for people with local connection.

Cold Weather Risk Assessment

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Freedom of Information Act

Waste disposal may be restricted entirely via a disposal ban. The most common and widespread such standard is a prohibition on littering. Where a jurisdiction has authorized a specific place or system for trash collection, deposition or abandonment of trash elsewhere may be subject to civil or criminal penalties