This year’s annual Peterlee Garden Competition ran by Peterlee Town Council received a fantastic 23 garden and 11 allotment entries, a new record for the town.
The inclusion of a ‘Sustainability’ category for the first time this year saw some inspiring, inventive and creative gardens that included plants loved by pollinators like bees and butterflies, habitats for animals and birds, recycling and re-use of some interesting objects and materials!
So many of Peterlee’s gardens look beautiful and smell amazing too, and the judges had a difficult time selecting their favourites. The Mayor of Peterlee, Councillor Rob Moore presented the prizes at an awards event held at Shotton Hall on Wednesday 20th July.
Here are some of the photos of the fabulous gardens and allotments, please click on the link for more photos https://www.facebook.com/PeterleeTownCouncil
A huge ‘Well Done and Thank You’ to everyone who took the time to enter and get involved with this great annual event. If you would like to enter your garden or allotment in Peterlee into the 2023 competition please contact the Town Council by email email@example.com or phone 0191 5862491 and you will be contacted in early 2023 when entries open for the 2023 event.
Peterlee Town Council have vacancies for the following positions –
- CASUAL BISTRO & BAR STAFF (based at The Pavilion and Shotton Hall Banqueting Suites)
Age is 18years +
Hourly Rate is £10.79 per hour, which will include weekend working.
If you would like to apply please email your CV to:
or scan the QR code for a job pack and application form.
The Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014, and The Accounts and Audit (England) Regulations 2015 (SI 234)
|1. Date of announcement: Tuesday 28th June 2022 (a)||(a) Insert date of placing of this notice on your website.|
|2. Any person interested has the right to inspect and make copies of the accounts to be audited and all books, deeds, contracts, bills, vouchers and receipts relating to them. For the year ended 31 March 2022 these documents will be available on reasonable notice on application to:|
(b) Ian Morris, Chief Officer
Peterlee Town Council, Shotton Hall, Old Shotton, Peterlee County Durham SR8 2PH
|(b) Insert name, position and contact details of the Clerk or other person to whom any person may apply to inspect the accounts.|
|commencing on (c) Wednesday 29th June 2022||.|
|and ending on (d) Tuesday 9th August 2022||(c )And
(d)The inspection period must be 30 working days in total and commence no later than 1 July 2022.
|3. Local Government Electors and their representatives also have:|
|· the opportunity to question the auditor about the accounts; and|
|· the right to make objections to the accounts or any item in them. Written notice of an objection must first be given to the auditor and a copy sent to the Authority (f).
The auditor can be contacted at the address in paragraph 4 below for this purpose during the inspection period at 2 above.
|4. The auditor’s limited assurance review is being conducted under the provisions of the Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014, the Accounts and Audit (England) Regulations 2015 and the National Audit Office’ Code of Audit Practice. Your review is being carried out by:
Mazars LLP, The Corner, Bank Chambers, 26 Mosley Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 1DF
|5. This announcement is made by
(e) Ian Morris, Chief Officer
|(e) Insert name and position of person placing the notice|
Please note that an electronic version of the signed AGAR document is also available to view or download here: https://www.peterlee.gov.uk/wp-content/uploads/sites/37/2022/06/Annual-Return-PTC-202122-signed-scanned.pdf
Councils’ Accounts: A Summary of Public Rights
The basic position
By law any interested person has the right to inspect a council’s/meeting’s accounts. If you are entitled and registered to vote in local council elections then you (or your representative) have additional rights to ask the appointed auditor questions about the Council’s accounts or object to an item of account contained within them.
The right to inspect the accounts
When your council has finalised its accounts for the previous financial year it must advertise that they are available for people to inspect. Having given the Council reasonable notice of your intentions, you then have 30 working days to look through the accounting statements in the Annual Return and any supporting documents. By arrangement, you will be able to inspect and make copies of the accounts and the relevant documents. You may have to pay a copying charge.
The right to ask the auditor questions about the accounts
You can only ask the appointed auditor questions about the accounts. The auditor does not have to answer questions about the council’s policies, finances, procedures or anything else not related to the accounts. Your questions must be about the accounts for the financial year just ended. The auditor does not have to say whether they think something the council has done, or an item in its accounts, is lawful or reasonable.
The right to object to the accounts
If you think that the council has spent money that it should not have, or that someone has caused a loss to the council deliberately or by behaving irresponsibly, you can request the auditor to apply to the courts for a declaration that an item of account is contrary to law. You do this by sending a formal ‘notice of objection’ to the auditor at the address below. The notice must be in writing and copied to the council. In it, you must tell the auditor why you are objecting and what you want the auditor to do about it. The auditor must reach a decision on your objection. If you are not happy with that decision, you can appeal to the courts.
You may also object if you think that there is something in the accounts that the auditor should discuss with the Council or tell the public about in a ‘public interest report’. You must follow the same procedure as outlined in the previous paragraph. The auditor must then decide whether to take any action. The auditor does not have to, but usually will, give reasons for his/her decision and you cannot appeal to the courts. More information is available on the National Audit Office website (see contact details below).
You may not use this ‘right to object’ to make a personal complaint or claim against your council. You should take such complaints to your local Citizens’ Advice Bureau, local Law Centre or your solicitor. You may also be able to approach the Standards Committee of your local principal authority if you believe that a member of the council has broken the Code of Conduct for Members.
What else you can do
Instead of objecting, you can give the auditor information that is relevant to his/her responsibilities. For example, you can simply tell the auditor if you think that something is wrong with the accounts or about waste and inefficiency in the way the Council runs its services. You should make it clear that you are providing information rather than making a formal objection. You do not have to follow any set time limits or procedures. The auditor does not have to give you a detailed report of any subsequent investigation, but will usually tell you the outcome.
A final word
Councils, and so local taxpayers, must meet the costs of dealing with questions and objections. In deciding whether to take your objection forward, one of a series of factors the auditor must take into account is the cost that will be involved. The auditor will only continue with the objection if it is in the public interest to do so. If you appeal to the courts, you might have to pay for the action yourself.
Who should you contact?
|For more detailed guidance on electors’ rights and the special powers of auditors, copies of the publication Council Accounts – a guide to your rights are available by calling the National Audit Office on 020 7798 7000 or downloading from the website https://www.nao.org.uk/||If you wish to contact your Council’s appointed external auditor please write to:
Cameron Waddell, Partner, Mazars LLP, firstname.lastname@example.org
Make sure that you follow Peterlee Town Council on facebook or instagram or keep an eye out on our website for updates about the new improved plans for the Music Fest early next week. Hope to see you on the 17th/18th June!
Peterlee Town Council’s Neighbourhood Services is seeking to appoint a permanent Neighbourhood Services Operative who will have a frontline role within the department, working 37hours a week.
This post will require you to work outdoors and associated tasks within the cemetery and all of the Town Council’s Parks areas. Knowledge of working with mechanical gardening equipment would be advantageous, but not essential as full training will be provided.
This post will suit flexible, highly motivated individuals who must be able to demonstrate good communication and interpersonal skills with a positive approach to team working and working co-operatively. Good customer service skills are essential with the ability to liaise confidently with members of the public, colleagues, elected members and external organisations.
For detailed information on this role, please refer to the Job Description and Person Specification.
For an informal discussion, please contact Ian Hall, Neighbourhood Services Manager on 0191 586 2491.
Closing date is Thursday 26th May 2022 (3pm).
For an application form, you can either ring 0191 5862491 or download online by clicking on the link Neighbourhood Operative Candidate pack May 2022
Return completed application form by email: Corporateadminteam@peterlee.gov.uk
or by post: Peterlee Town Council, Corporate Services, Shotton Hall, PETERLEE, Co Durham, SR8 2PH
The categories this year are as follows:-
Large garden (over 50m2)
Small Garden (up to 50m2)
The Best Hanging Basket
The Best Container
The Mayors Favourite Garden
The Best Pollenating Plants
The Best Range of Habitats for Animals and Birds
Best use of Recycling
Best re-use of Materials / Object
*There is also a Leisure Gardens Competition, which is open to all plot holders at Lowhills Road and Thorntree Gill, Peterlee. An entry form must be completed to enter, the deadline for all entries is Thursday 30th June 2022. Entry is free and will be judged on full and half plots.
You can ring for an application form 0191 5862491 or download by clicking on the link below
*Excluded from entering this Competition are Members, Staff of the Town Council and their immediate families
So gardening gloves at the ready, we cannot wait to see all of your beautiful blooms and gardens!