The next meeting of the Council is on Wednesday 08 July 2020 at 7pm. Due to the Coronavirus restrictions, this meeting will take place remotely. If you would like to attend, please follow these instructions:

💻 LAPTOP:

Download the following software: www.gotomeeting.com/en-gb. You can download the app/software at anytime, the earlier the better. You do not need to create an account to attend a meeting. Just before the meeting is due to start, open the application and add the passcode: 891-159-957

📱 PHONE/TABLET:

If you are attending the meeting using your apple or android tablet/phone please download the ‘GoTo Meeting’ app from your app stores. Just before the meeting is due to start, open the application and add the passcode: 891-159-957

RESPONSIBLE FINANCE OFFICER

Loddon Parish Council is seeking to appoint an experienced financial administrator to the role of responsible finance officer. Reporting to the clerk, the key responsibilities will be to provide day to day financial management of the parish council and to manage the parish council’s financial affairs within the legal framework for local authorities and to comply with current legislation and recommended practice. It will also include preparation of end of year accounts, annual budgeting, management of expenditure within budgets and regular reporting to council on all financial matters.

The Parish Council is seeking someone with book-keeping experience as a minimum but preferably with accounting qualifications and/or local government experience.

The successful candidate will also be required to deputise for the clerk when necessary, provide administrative assistance to the clerk and to deal with members of the public on a day to day basis. We are therefore seeking a team player with a ‘can do’ attitude.

Whilst most of your hours will be office-based during the week, you will need to be flexible to attend evening meetings as required outside of your normal working hours.  

Local Government experience and holding the Certificate in Local Council Administration (CiLCA) is desirable but not essential. The professional development of staff is supported and funded by the Parish Council.

The post is for 12 hours a week over three days – Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 9am – 1pm – and is based in the Parish Council Offices in Church Plain, Loddon. The salary will be paid in accordance with experience and in line with the National Joint Council Salary Scale rates and will range from SCP 18 (£24,313) – SCP 21 (£25,801) pro rata. This position offers the Local Government Pension Scheme and the standard employment terms and conditions agreed nationally.

In the first instance please contact the Parish Council for an Application Form and Job Description: clerk@loddonpc.org.uk

Applications close at midday 31 July 2020.

Please find attached the PDF version of the July ‘Contact’ magazine. Once again, it is not being printed this month, so please feel free to share it as widely as possible.

We Need Your Help! Do you know someone who lives in Loddon who has made a notable contribution to the community? The Parish Council welcomes your nominations for the Freedom of Loddon Award. If you know someone who you think should receive this award, please email your nomination to clerk@loddonpc.org.uk by July 2020.

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Please find attached the PDF version of the June ‘Contact’ magazine. Once again, it is not being printed this month, so please feel free to share it as widely as possible.

INFORMATION ON COVID-19 (CORONAVIRUS)

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Please find below a summary of the guidance and information we have received recently relating to the Coronavirus.

For the most up to date Government Guidance, please visit https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

Stay at home guidance

The Government has asked that people stay at home to help stop the spread of coronavirus. You may only leave your home to:

  • Shop for basic necessities such as food and medicine, as infrequently as possible
  • Take exercise, such as a run, walk or cycle, but this must be done alone or with members of your household
  • Deal with any medical need, to avoid or escape risk of injury or harm, or to give blood
  • Provide care or to help a vulnerable person
  • Travel to work, but only where you cannot work from home

Stay at home guidance for households with possible coronavirus infection gives you the main government messages whether you live alone or with other people.

When you do leave your home you must observe the two-metre social distancing rule.

Parish Council Facilities
The Staithe Public Conveniences, Skate Park and Play Areas are now closed to prevent the transmission of the virus. Inspections will not be carried out whilst we are in lock-down. The Allotments will be kept open although users must adhere to social distancing. The Tourist Information Office has not re-opened. This is in-line with Government guidance.  

Parish Council Office
The Parish Council remains in operation, with staff working remotely.  We can still be contacted at 01508 522 020 on Tuesdays or by emailing clerk@loddonpc.co.uk.

Parish Council Meeting
The Parish Council will continue to meet monthly meetings (remotely) and carry out their business as usual. The meetings are open to the public, and a code will be required to access our ‘GoTo Meeting’. All details are on our Agenda.

Bin Collections

South Norfolk are collecting bins as normal, but they are coming across more waste than usual, as people self isolating take the opportunity to have a clear out. Can we make a plea please not to put all this extra rubbish out in one go, otherwise we may overload the system. If householders can eke this out over a few weeks, we will have more chance of keeping the collections going during the crisis. Thank you for your cooperation and a big thank you to the refuse collection staff, who are continuing to work at this difficult time.

Do You Need Help?
South Norfolk Council has a community ‘Help Hub’ – 0344 8008020 and residents can also visit  www.norfolk.gov.uk/coronavirus. The Help Hub will redirect your request to a local group of volunteers. SNC Help Hub is also to help with financial support for residents and businesses.

Have you Volunteered?
We would like to thank everyone who has contacted the Parish Council offering to assist others. Your emails have been forwarded to Councillor Jeremy Rowe: j.rowe@waveneyvalleyat.co.uk.

Free parking for health workers and community volunteers

Simple parking permits are available for health workers and community volunteers who are helping people across Norfolk. The new permits will allow free parking in all council run car parks, in on-street pay and display bays, and permit parking and time limited waiting bays. However to ensure vital spaces will still remain available, and roads accessible for emergency services, the new rules will not apply to disabled parking bays, loading bays, car club spaces and double yellow lines. https://www.norfolk.gov.uk/care-support-and-health/health-and-wellbeing/adults-health/coronavirus/free-parking-for-health-workers-and-community-volunteers

Could You Make a Donation to Support Local People?
Norfolk Community Foundation, working alongside their partners, has established the Covid-19 Community Response Fund to support local charities working hard on the ground to keep vulnerable people safe and well.  If you are able to support this fund, the link is here: https://www.norfolkfoundation.com/giving-philanthropy/covid19communityresponsefund/

Are You Part of a Local Group Supporting Local Vulnerable People?
The Norfolk Community Foundation has a fund set up to help you with your work.  Grants of up to £1,000 are available here: https://www.norfolkfoundation.com/funding-support/grants/groups/covid-19-community-response-fund/
We are aware that there is emerging volunteer action in many communities, as people step up to offer practical and wellbeing support in response to the needs in their neighbourhood.  Such projects may not have the structures and safeguards in place that are required to receive a grant. Please contact the Norfolk Community Foundation if your new group requires a need for funding on 01603 623958 or shinebrighter@norfolkfoundation.com.

Support for Businesses
The government has announced support packages for local businesses.  Further information can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-employers-and-businesses-about-covid-19/covid-19-support-for-businesses

Public Transport
While permitted travel is limited, we do understand that essential journeys do need to be made by some key workers on public transport. In South Norfolk, the following websites will be updated regularly to facilitate essential journeys:
Border Bus – https://www.border-bus.co.uk/coronavirus-info/
First – https://www.firstgroup.com/norfolk-suffolk/news-and-service-updates/coronavirus-covid19-service-information
Konectbus – https://www.konectbus.co.uk/coronavirus/
Our Bus – https://www.ourhire.co.uk/our-bus
Simonds Coaches – https://www.simonds.co.uk/latest-news
West Norfolk Community Transport – https://www.gtt-online.co.uk/news/2020/03/coronavirus-update/

NHS Volunteer Scheme:

Details of the scheme and how to apply is here:
https://www.england.nhs.uk/participation/get-involved/volunteering/nhs-volunteer-responders/

RESPONSIBLE FINANCE OFFICER

Loddon Parish Council is seeking to appoint an experienced financial administrator to the role of responsible finance officer. Reporting to the clerk, the key responsibilities will be to provide day to day financial management of the parish council and to manage the parish council’s financial affairs within the legal framework for local authorities and to comply with current legislation and recommended practice. It will also include preparation of end of year accounts, annual budgeting, management of expenditure within budgets and regular reporting to council on all financial matters.

The parish council is seeking someone with book-keeping experience as a minimum but preferably with accounting qualifications and/or local government experience.

The successful candidate will also be required to deputise for the clerk when necessary,  provide administrative assistance to the clerk and to deal with members of the public on a day to day basis. We are therefore seeking a team player with a ‘can do’ attitude.

Whilst most of your hours will be office-based during the week, you will need to be flexible to attend evening meetings as required outside of your normal working hours.  

Local Government experience and holding the Certificate in Local Council Administration (CiLCA) is desirable but not essential. The professional development of staff is supported and funded by the parish council.

The post is for 9 hours a week over three days – Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 9am – 12pm – and is based in the Parish Council Offices in Church Plain, Loddon. The salary will be paid in accordance with experience and in line with the National Joint Council Salary Scale rates and will range from SCP 18 (£24,313) – SCP 21 (£25,801) pro rata. This position offers the Local Government Pension Scheme and the standard employment terms and conditions agreed nationally.

In the first instance please contact the Parish Council for an Application Form and Job Description:  clerk@loddonpc.org.uk   Parish Council Office, The Library Annexe, Church Plain, Loddon   NR14 6ED.  Tel:  01508 522020

Applications close at midday 14th April 2020. Interviews will be held Thursday 23rd April 2020.

LODDON PARISH OFFICE CLOSED 

Due to the recent guidelines released by Government, the Parish Council office is temporarily CLOSED to members of the public. We will re-open when we have been advised it is safe to do so. 

If you wish to contact the Clerk please; 

EMAILclerk@loddonpc.org.uk  

PHONE: 01508 522 020 (9am -12pm Tues/Wens/Thurs)  

POST: Loddon Parish Council  

The Library Annexe, Church Plain 

Loddon, NR14 6EX 

Loddon Parish Council is seeking to appoint a competent and experienced administrative assistant to assist with the day to day tasks of the council and in support of the clerk and finance officer. This is a varied and interesting role within local government requiring excellent communication skills, a ‘can do’ attitude and a good range of skills.

You will be responsible for manning the desk when open to the public, answering the phone and responding to post and email communication. This will require dealing with a range of enquiries relating to all aspects of the council and the wider community so having a good local knowledge and experience dealing with the public will be very beneficial to the role.

Other duties will include assisting in the preparation and printing of agendas, setting up for meetings, ordering goods, responding appropriately to reports of damage or repairs required and a variety of other tasks as required by the clerk to whom you will report.

The post is for 9 hours a week over three days (Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday) and is based in the Parish Council Offices in Church Plain, Loddon. Salary is £9.21 per hour, £17,711 pro rata. This position offers the Local Government Pension Scheme and the standard employment terms and conditions agreed nationally for the sector.

Applications close Monday 6th January 2020.

In the first instance please contact the Parish Council for an Application Form and Job Description: clerk@loddonpc.org.uk Parish Council Office, The Library Annexe, Church Plain, Loddon NR14 6ED. Tel: 01508 522020