My name is Sarah Linfield and I am the Clerk and Responsible Financial Officer to Slindon Parish Council. I have a career background in Finance and Compliance and I am a qualified clerk, holding the Certificate in Local Council Administration (CiLCA).
The longest serving clerk was Mr George Bowley, who served for 39 years between 1897 and 1936 and the first woman was appointed to the role in 1983 and since that time there have been three further clerks, all women.
I have benefited enormously from the publication ‘ Slindon Parish Council 1894 – 1984’ which was compiled by Mr Bernard Keeling to mark 90 years of the parish council – created under statute in 1894 – and his retirement as Clerk. He hoped “that future Clerks will feel it incumbent on them to update these subject records and the history itself before handing over to their successors”, and as I follow in his footsteps I aspire to do just that.
A27 Arundel Bypass – Elected Representatives’ Forum – Councillors Fenton and Rees
The Elected Representatives’ Forum provides a way for Highways England to engage with communities local to the A27 Arundel Bypass scheme. The forum will help local communities, via their elected representatives, to find accurate, up-to-date information about the scheme, through the consultation and planning stages and what they can expect – for example, emerging evidence and design options. It is also a way for the local communities to understand what the scheme means for them and how it will progress over the years.
If you have any questions please speak to the above Councillors or, if you would like to get in touch with the A27 Arundel Bypass project team, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
West Sussex County Council – Joint Western Arun Area Committee (JWAAC) – Councillor Brimblecombe
Joint Area Committees consider a range of issues concerning the local area, and, where relevant, make decisions. They are made up of all the local County Councillors and representatives from Arun District, Town and Parish Councils. It is a meeting in public and has a regular ‘talk with us’ item where the public can ask questions of their local elected representatives.
Meetings usually happen three times a year in your local area, and are open for anyone to attend. At the meeting Councillors consider a range of issues concerning local residents and where relevant make decisions on things like highways issues and grant funding.
Surrey and Sussex Association of Local Councils (SSALC) – Councillor Fenton
Village Bus Committee of Amberley and Slindon – Councillor Brimblecombe
Coronation Hall Committee – To be confirmed
Slindon Sports Association Working Party – Councillor Rees
The Local Authorities And Police And Crime Panels (Coronavirus) (Flexibility Of Local Authority And Police And Crime Panel Meetings) (England And Wales) Regulations 2020
Due the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 the Parish Council did not hold its Annual Meeting of the Council, scheduled for 11 May 2020.
Regulation 4 provides that where an appointment would otherwise be made or is required to be made at an annual meeting of a local authority, the appointment continues until the next annual meeting of the authority or until such time as that authority may determine (Regulation 4 (2)). This would apply to the election of the chairman, the first business at the annual council meeting. Therefore the current Chairman will remain in place until an annual meeting is held.
As the Parish Council did not hold its Annual Meeting, appointments made in 2019 will continue until the next Annual Meeting in 2021.