St Helen Without Parish Council are anxious to ensure that none of its residents are without support they may need during this difficult time. We have been overwhelmed by the kindness, concern and desire to help shown by many in our community. Whether online or by way of a leaflet, everyone should have received or have available to them an offer of help. Whether it be to collect shopping, post mail, collect urgent supplies or just a regular friendly phone call. Our thanks go to all who have risen to the challenge. Your efforts will not be forgotten. The best, indeed the only way we can ensure that nobody in our Parish has to face this worrying time alone is for neighbours to look out for each other. If you are able, please take the time to check that your neighbours are ok. If you are used to social media perhaps you could take the time to relay information to those of your neighbours who might not be so comfortable or confident in its use.
SHW Parish Residents with no support network around them:
Call 01865 897 820 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Residents not considered high-risk but without a support network around them and in need of help can either:
The phone lines will be open:
8.30am to 8pm Monday to Friday
9am to 5pm Saturday and Sunday
Residents have been warned to be on their guard against criminals and scammers exploiting the coronavirus situation.In Oxfordshire, County Council’s Trading Standards has received reports of scams targeting people via emails, text messages, and on the doorstep.
Full details and advice from our Trading Standards team here:
THE VALE OF THE WHITE HORSE DISTRICT COUNCIL HAS INFORMED THE PARISH COUNCIL THAT DUE TO THE CURRENT CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK ALL PLAYGROUNDS MUST BE CLOSED WITH IMMEDIATE EFFECT AND UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.
Update on St Helen Without Parish Council arrangements for conducting business during the current CoVid 19 pandemic.
Owing to the sudden escalation of ‘lockdown’ measures in early March, our meeting scheduled for the 20th of that month did not take place. Following advice from the National Association of Local Councils (in the absence of any definitive advice from national government) the motion to devolve executive power, pro-tem, to the Clerk, Chair, Vice Chair and two other councillors, (Councillors Talbot and Parkin). Again, on the advice of the National Association of Local Councils a process was established for urgent business to be conducted by email with all councillors participating. Thankfully there has been little need for the executive group to make decisions and those that have been made will be reviewed at our first ‘virtual’ meeting 0n 29th June 2020.
In April the Corona Virus Regulations 2020 were introduced, which set out a framework for the conduct of local government business, including Parish Councils. The requirements that all meetings should be held in person, be accessible to the public and held at a specified time and location were suspended. The requirement for Annual Parish Meetings (APM) this year was withdrawn. Provision was made for office holders, usually voted into post during the APM, to continue in their roles until May 2021 (the date of the next APM). Councils were required to formulate an approach to conducting their business ‘virtually’ that would also ensure public scrutiny of their business.
Your Council has decided to use the ‘Zoom’ platform. We are currently undertaking trials to ensure that all councillors are comfortable with the technology and new procedures involved. We have decided to resume our normal 6 weekly meeting cycle with effect from our June meeting (a full list of dates is provided below). Arrangements for the publication of agendas and minutes remain the same. All meetings will be recorded and these will be retained for an, as yet unspecified, period. Access to meetings will be available to the public by means of a meeting identification number and password which will either be available upon request from the Clerk or published in the Agenda (we are awaiting clarification as to the most secure approach). Members of the public will have 5 minutes to address the council under the appropriate agenda item. They are then welcome to observe/listen to the rest of the meeting.
We continue to respond to planning applications on your behalf and remain busy co-ordinating support to the vulnerable amongst our residents with the County and District Councils and local volunteers.
*St Helen Without Parish Council Meetings 2020
Monday 29th June
Monday 3rd August
Monday 14th September
Monday 19th October
Monday 7th December
As public meetings in enclosed spaces are currently prohibited under the ‘Coronavirus Regulations’ all meetings of St Helens Without Parish Council will, until further notice, be held ‘virtually’ online using the Zoom platform. To meet our legal obligations surrounding public accessibility to these meetings and in view of this Council’s desire that its work be open to public scrutiny, anyone wishing to can participate in or observe the meeting. Anyone wishing to address the Council will be given three minutes in the part of the meeting set aside for the public. They may then observe the rest of the meeting (other than items which, for legal reasons may have to be held ‘in camera’) but will not be able to speak other than at the express request of the Chair.
Anyone wishing to join the meeting should obtain the access details from our Clerk by email: email@example.com or by phone: 01865 321555.
Most Recent Parish Council Agenda – August 2020
Most Recent Sub Committee Agenda –August 2020
Most Recent Parish Council Minutes – June 2020
Most Recent Sub Committee Minutes – June 2020
Extraordinary Meeting of the Parish Council – 24th March 2020
Agenda of the last Annual Parish Meeting – May 2019
Minutes of the last Annual Parish Meeting – 13th May 2019
Parish Council meetings are free to attend. To make a representation to the Parish Council at the next meeting please contact the Clerk of the Council (details below). NOTE: You must give your name and address in any communication to the Parish Council. Anonymous communications will not be considered.
|Name||Cllr Responsible for|
|Mr Mike Page (Chair)||firstname.lastname@example.org||Chair|
|Mrs Caroline Parkinemail@example.com||Development and planning|
|Mr Richard Bahufirstname.lastname@example.org||Environment and Amenities|
|Mr Mike Pageemail@example.com||Highways and Transport|
|Mr Philip Paintingfirstname.lastname@example.org||Development and Planning|
|Mr Tom Turneremail@example.com|
|Mr Lee Churchfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Mrs Vicki Talbotemail@example.com||Development and Planning|
|Mr David Churchousefirstname.lastname@example.org||Development and Planning|
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