Message from South Gloucestershire Council
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17/04/20 Message from Gail Boyle on behalf of the parish council"I can confirm that the works taking place in the field opposite the crematorium relate to contingency planning for the provision of additional cemetery and burial capacity that may be required in light of the COVID:19 situation. This information has been provided to us from South Gloucestershire Council (SGC) by Cllr Steve Reade who has confirmed to me this afternoon that I may share this detail with you. It is stressed however that SGC may not need to use the site at all but are required to make plans so that they can meet demand if it is needed. This land is owned by SGC - there is no intention of operating the site as a commercial council cemetery and so even if it is used for burials during the Covid-19 outbreak, there are no plans to use it beyond that time.
Pucklechurch Parish Council update, Message from Gail Boyle Chair PPC:
I wanted to let you know about some of the decisions that PPC took last night in light of Covid-19.
We are, as many of you know reduced in number and some of us fall in to the ‘High Risk’ category. This means that we will be suspending our public meetings for the foreseeable future. This does not mean that we will not be continuing to represent you, or stopping delivering the services we provide unless that is taken out of our hands by the rapidly emerging crisis the country faces.
The laws that govern the ways that parish and town councils can act do not help in this situation although emergency legislation may be enacted that will help. PPC has therefore decided to use its published Scheme of Delegation which legally allows it to delegate authority to the Parish Clerk to undertake the following matters on behalf of the Council:
- The day to day administration of services, together with routine inspection and control.
- Day to day supervision of all contractors/ staff employed by the Council.
- Authorisation of routine expenditure within the agreed budget.
- Emergency expenditure up to £1000 outside the agreed budget.
In the event of any matter arising which requires an urgent decision, the Parish Clerk will consult the Chair and/or Vice Chair of the Council. With the concurrence of those member(s) the Parish Clerk shall have delegated power to act on behalf of the Council in respect of the particular matter then under consideration. Full details of the circumstances justifying the urgency and of the action taken shall be submitted to the next available meeting of the Council.
A committee of 'any 3 fit Councillors' was also formed so that it could meet should an extreme emergency situation need to be dealt with.
This means that:
- All PPC staff and contractors will continued to be paid as normal
- Planning applications will still be responded to
- Essential business will be dealt with
All correspondence with PPC should be directed to the Clerk as usual.
Last night we also agreed that we would provide financial support to Pucklechurch & Shortwood Good Neighbours Scheme
to enable it to manage volunteers and to publicise its services. This is a well-established group that will be the channel for requests for help from the sick, vulnerable and elderly and I would urge you to volunteer your services to it. We will use PPC's website and noticeboards to publicise Covid-19 advice provided by for example the Government /NHS.
Finally - I know what a fantastic community we have and I know that we will all pull together to try and get through this mess as best we possibly can. Parish Councillors are part of the community too - we are residents and we are human beings trying to do our best for you in a dire situation.
Be kind to yourselves, be kind to your neighbours - do what you can for others. LISTEN
the advice that will continue be broadcast and ASK
for help rather than taking risks.
Stay safe and well.Gail Boyle