Planning and Environment Committee –
Monday 2 December 2013
The meeting considered the Council’s response to the revised Dorchester Transport and Environment Plan.
The Committee also received presentations from Mr. Tim Norman of Dorset County Council (will be available here shortly) and Dr. David Evans of West Dorset District Council (will also be available here shortly).
The meeting was attended by over 150 residents, 21 of which spoke to the Committee as part of the formal process.
Draft Minutes of the meeting are available by clicking here. The Council has provided the draft minutes of the meeting as its feedback to Dorset County Council, with an accompanying letter (click here).
Internal Audit Service Provision
We wish to appoint a new internal audit contractor following the retirement of the current auditor in June 2014. The contract would commence to cover the financial year from 1 April 2014 and is likely to be active from around September 2014. The Council is particularly keen to hear from auditors with experience of auditing in local government, ideally at the parish tier.
The work primarily involves the review of our internal exchequer processes and a pre-submission review of our annual return to our external auditor, which will form the basis of their audit work. The first element of this work can be timed to our mutual convenience, while the later element must be carried out during a four week time period from late April. Historically the work has taken around 7 days a year, but we are interested in how we reflect the much reduced end of year information provision arrangements in our future contract.
A number of Dorset’s Town Councils are faced with arranging for new internal audit provision for the 2014/15 year. This Town Council has agreed to pass on the contact details of any applicants to all other town councils in Dorset, and we may take part in a selection process which allows individual towns an opportunity to appoint their auditor from a shortlist of applicants to this advert and adverts from other Town Councils.
If you are interested in tendering for this work please submit a one page CV to firstname.lastname@example.org by 13th December 2013. We intend to undertake the selection process during January 2014.
Mayor of Dorchester
This year's Mayor is Councillor Stella Jones. Councillor Stella Jones became Mayor in May 2013. If you would like to invite the Mayor to an event that you are organising please click here to download a Mayoral Engagement Form. Alternatively please contact the Mayor's Secretary. For a list of the Mayor's engagements for the forthcoming week please click here.