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The jubilation in March that Cheshire East Council refused EE permission for the installation of a mast at Penningtons Lane had turned into dismay as it transpires that, due to an administrative blunder and a technicality EE has gained permission and plans to proceed with its installation.
The application was a ‘prior approval’ where CEC had a strict 56 days to inform Harlequin, EE’s agents, of a decision refusing or granting approval. Unlike a standard planning application, failure to advise the applicant of the decision within the 56 day period results in deemed consent. It transpires that Cheshire East Council failed to issue its decision in a timely fashion – it arriving with Harlequin on the 57th day. Cheshire East Council has confirmed that this was sent by 2nd class post, their ordinary practice given the volume of post they issue, but that they failed to issue the decision by email at the same time.
The Parish Council has written to the Chief Executive of EE appealing to their morality not to proceed with the mast given the clear community opposition. You can read the letter here: Letter to EE.
The Parish Council has also written to the Leader of Cheshire East Council imploring the council to find a solution to the mess by finding an alternative site for the mast – such as the council owned playing fields. You can read the letter here: Letter to Cheshire East Council.
NOTICE OF PUBLIC RIGHTS AND PUBLICATION OF
UNAUDITED ANNUAL GOVERNANCE & ACCOUNTABILITY RETURN
ACCOUNTS FOR THE YEAR ENDED 31 MARCH 2019
Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014 Sections 26 and
27 The Accounts and Audit Regulations 2015 (SI 2015/234)
1.Date of announcement Tuesday 11th June 2019
2. Each year the smaller authority’s Annual Governance and Accountability Return (AGAR) needs to be reviewed by an external auditor appointed by Smaller Authorities’ Audit Appointments Ltd. The unaudited AGAR has been published with this notice. As it has yet to be reviewed by the appointed auditor, it is subject to change as a result of that review.
Any person interested has the right to inspect and make copies of the accounting records for the financial year to which the audit relates and all books, deeds, contracts, bills, vouchers, receipts and other documents relating to those records must be made available for inspection by any person interested. For the year ended 31 March 2019, these documents will be available on reasonable notice by application to:Adam Keppel-Green (Parish Clerk)
33 Manor Crescent, Knutsford, WA16 8DL – firstname.lastname@example.org – 07584 057 228
commencing on Monday 17 June 2019 and ending on Friday 26 July 2019
3. Local government electors and their representatives also have:
The appointed auditor can be contacted at the address in paragraph 4 below for this purpose between the above dates only.
4.The smaller authority’s AGAR is subject to review by the appointed auditor under the provisions of the Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014, the Accounts and Audit Regulations 2015 and the NAO’s Code of Audit Practice 2015. The appointed auditor is:PKF Littlejohn LLP (Ref: SBA Team)
1 Westferry Circus, Canary Wharf, London, E14 4HD
You can view the AGAR here: Unsigned AGAR 2018/19
Gawsworth residents are encouraged to attend the Annual Parish Meeting which will be held on Thursday 9th May at 7:30pm in the Village Hall.
Please do come along to have your say, or just listen.
Gawsworth Parish Council has lodged strong objections with Cheshire East Council on the proposed mast at Penningtons Lane. Writing to the planning officer, the Parish Council has said:
Gawsworth Parish Council has submitted objections to Cheshire East Council in respect of application 18/5544M – 10 houses on Dark Lane.
The planning application for 10 new homes on Dark Lane is now live under reference 18/5544M. The application was submitted by Engine of the North (part of Cheshire East Council) and proposes 8 affordable and two market houses. It includes a pedestrian crossing on the A536 and other highways improvements such as new footpaths.