Committees

Finance & Compliance Committee

Committee members:
Peter McIver (Chairman)
Brenda Kerr Muir (Vice-chair)
John Higgs
Chris Hartley


What does it do?

It ensures that the Council and its officers conduct its business according to the high standards of probity, efficiency and transparency that nowadays are expected in every tier of local government.

The Committee’s duties are to review the financial regulations and standing orders of the Council, including all policies and procedures for the assessment and management of risk, to oversee the remuneration of the Clerk and ensure the adequacy of the Council’s insurance cover.

At an operational level, the Committee oversees and checks the accuracy of bank statements and any other financial instruments, together with contracts of employment, legal documents, compliance with safety regulations and minutes and agenda files. The Committee is also responsible for preparing a three-year financial plan and recommending an annual precept for the approval of the Council.

It also ensures full compliance with the Local Government Code of Conduct which every member of the Council is required to observe.

To access earlier minutes please contact us. Hard copies of all public minutes can be viewed at the Parish Council Office.

F&C Minutes 19th November 2020 
F&C Minutes - 22nd October 2020 
F&C Minutes - 26th November 2019 
F&C Minutes - 1st October 2019
F&C Minutes - 19th June 2019

Grounds Committee

Committee members:
Chris Hartley (Chairman)
Graham Child – Cemetery
John Higgs
Peter MacIver
Gareth Hurley
Jo Power – Allotments*
Rep: Bowls Club*

*Co-opted member

What does it do?

The Committee is the custodian and managing body of the various areas of land in the Council’s ownership, principally Pangbourne Meadow, together with the recreation grounds and facilities, allotments, the cemetery and other green spaces in our community.

It therefore ensures the regular care and maintenance of this land, including the safety of all recreational equipment and facilities. The Committee also seeks to discourage anti-social behaviour, litter and other problems which adversely affect the quality of life in our community.

Where land is held for cultivation under tenancy from the Council, the Committee ensures that the terms of tenancy agreements are observed and that rents are reviewed annually. Any resident wishing to take an allotment tenancy should contact the Clerk to the Council.

To access earlier minutes please contact us. Hard copies of all public minutes can be viewed at the Parish Council Office.

GC Minutes - 18th November 2020
GC Minutes - 21st October 2020
GC Minutes - 26th February 2020
GC Minutes - 4th December 2019
GC Minutes - 23rd October 2019

Planning

Committee members:
John Higgs (Chairman)
Graham Child
Peter MacIver
Chris Hartley
Brenda Kerr Muir
Matt Shakespeare


What does it do?

The Planning Committee meets monthly, and reports all decisions to West Berkshire Council. For decisions, please refer to full council minutes or West Berkshire Council’s Planning Portal.

The Committee and the Council have an advisory role on planning applications. They are not empowered to accept or reject any applications, which are initially sent to West Berkshire Council. The Parish Council then receives a copy of each application for comment by the Planning Committee. Pangbourne Library also gets a copy directly from WBC and will make this available for inspection by any interested party.

The Committee considers each application in the light of the current national planning framework, the Village Design Statement and any concerns or objections raised by local residents. The Committee then makes a recommendation to the full Council, which may be to support, object, or simply comment on some particular aspect of the application.

The timescale for recommendations is three weeks, during which Committee members visit the property concerned and, where possible, adjacent house owners. The short time period and the number of applications typically received oblige the Committee to meet at least once a month, in addition to the full Council meetings.

Most applications are decided by WBC’s planning department, but if ten or more Pangbourne residents object to a particular application or if our District Councillor is so minded, the application is referred to the Eastern Area Planning Committee, which is made up of WBC councillors. At these meetings interested parties may make verbal representations, usually for not more than five minutes.

To access planning applications on West Berkshire Council's website, please click here

If you have any comments for the Planning committee about an application, please contact the Clerk.

 

Village Hall Committee

Committee members:
Phil Hawkins (Chairman)
Peter MacIver
John Higgs
June Hughes (Booking Clerk and Hall Warden)*
Jill Palfrey*
Colin Williams*


*Co-opted member

What does it do?

The Village Hall Committee is responsible for the management, maintenance and use of the Village Hall and the car park to the rear. We work to improve the safety and wellbeing of the Hall's users, the upkeep of the buildings and improvement of facilities.

 

To access earlier minutes please contact us. Hard copies of all public minutes can be viewed at the Parish Council Office.

VHC Minutes - 4th December 2019 
VHC Minutes - 23rd October 2019
VHC Minutes - 25th September 2019 
VHC Minutes - 17th July 2019 
VHC Minutes - 5th June 2019