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East Herts Council is looking to recruit two local people, unaffiliated to political groups and with no connection with the council, to sit as independent members on our Audit and Governance Committee.
The Audit and Governance Committee plays a key role in the council’s arrangements to support good governance. It has the specific role of monitoring the budget, approving the council’s Statement of Accounts and acting as the council’s audit committee. The committee also carries out the monitoring of the council’s treasury management functions. The committee meets approximately four times a year, with meetings held in person in the Council Chamber at East Herts Council’s Wallfields Offices in Hertford, starting at 7pm.
This is a role which carries public responsibility. You should be a person with experience working in an organisation at a senior level or have other similar experience. Financial management (accountancy, audit or management of a large budget) would be advantageous. You will be appointed for a four-year term and the role may be extended for a further six months to align with the municipal year.
Each year the smaller authority prepares an Annual Governance and Accountability Return (AGAR). The AGAR has been published with this notice. It will not be reviewed by the appointed auditor, since the smaller authority has certified itself as exempt from the appointed auditor’s review.
person interested has the right to inspect and make copies of the AGAR, the accounting
records for the financial year to which it 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. See attached document to download
Notice of Public Rights for the Annual Audit (AGAR) 2021/22
Weather conditions are monitored constantly and in the event of flood risk conditions developing, a warning is given to the local authority and emergency services by the Environment Agency and/or the Met Office.
Useful information if you are worried about flooding in your area
East Herts Council has a role working in conjunction with other organisations, such as Herts County Council and the Environment Agency, to reduce flood risk. As part of this role, East Herts will continue to arrange preventative maintenance on certain key points of the drainage network. In times of adverse conditions, these are very closely monitored and preventative actions are taken where appropriate.
The responsibility to protect your property is that of the occupant. East Herts Council's policy is not to supply sandbags. You need to go to a builder's merchant or large DIY store to obtain material for sandbags.
If you are at risk of being flooded, you might want to consider keeping some empty sandbags and sand or earth ready for use at the first sign of trouble.
If you own land or property alongside a river or other watercourse, including a culvert, you have rights and responsibilities as a riverside property owner. Your responsibilities are explained in a useful guide available from the Environment agency Riverside property owners: know your rights and responsibilities.
The Environment Agency has powers and responsibilities to manage flood risk from main rivers and works with others to maintain and improve main rivers throughout England. They provide useful information if flooding is likely in your local area. Environment Agency - Flooding.
Hertfordshire County Council is the Lead Local Flood Authority for Hertfordshire and has the role of managing flood risk from surface water and groundwater. View Hertfordshire County Council - Flooding for further information. Hertfordshire County Council has a duty to ensure that roads and pavements are in a safe and usable condition - if the road, pavement or subway becomes flooded it can become very dangerous and must be addressed as quickly as possible.
If there is flooding of the highway, it should be reported using Hertfordshire Highways - Highways fault reporting system.
All authorities also work closely together under the banner of Herts Resilience to prevent flooding in the district.
Flood Warning - Environment Agency
Advance flood warnings can be viewed on the Environment Agency and Met Office websites. Environment Agency - Flood Warnings. Members of the public and businesses can also register with the Environment Agency to receive flood warnings via their Floodline Warnings Direct service. Further information about how to do this is available either by calling Floodline on 0845 988 1188 or from Environment Agency - Floodline Warnings Direct.
To find out if you could be living in a flood risk area, follow the link to the latest information on the Environment Agency's website Environment Agency - Am I at risk of flooding?.
If you are shown to be at risk of flooding, make sure you are up to date with the latest flood advice available from either the Environment Agency's Floodline service (0845 988 1188) or their website and what you can do to prepare.
Staying Safe in a Flood
Any of us could come across flooding. Floods can kill so here is some general advice.
• Don't try to walk or drive through floodwater. Only six inches of fast-flowing water can knock you over. Two feet of water will float your car. If you must go through flood water remember to go very slowly. The bow wave you create could cause floodwater to go into someone's home. Manhole covers can be lifted in a flood and there may be other hazards you can't see.
• Never try to swim in fast-flowing water - you may get swept away or be struck by an object in the water.
• Don't walk on sea defences, riverbanks or cross river bridges - they may collapse in extreme situations or you may be swept off by large waves or surges of water.
• Avoid contact with floodwater - it may be contaminated with sewage.
• Move your family and pets upstairs or to higher ground if threatened by floods. Move anything you can upstairs if possible.
• Switch of water, gas and electricity supplies at the first sign of flooding to your property.
What Is A Neighbourhood Plan?
The Government’s Localism Act, given Royal Assent on 15th November 2011, will reform the planning system to give local people new rights to shape the development of the communities in which they live.
A key component of the act introduces a new tier of planning – namely neighbourhood planning. The Government anticipates that neighbourhood planning will allow people to come together to produce a Neighbourhood Plan.
Once a Neighbourhood Plan has been completed it will become part of the Local Development Framework for East Herts. This means that it will be a statutory part of the development plan for the district.
For further information on the consultation process click here (external link)