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The Parish Council’s financial transactions are governed by a set of financial regulations which are reviewed annually.

A budgetary control statement is presented to every Committee meeting and a financial report is presented monthly (to every full Parish Council meeting) setting out all income and expenditure for the preceding month, bank account balances, debts outstanding and cheques and payments for ratification/authorisation.


An internal auditor is appointed on an annual basis by full Parish Council and an internal audit is carried out at least twice a year. A review of the adequacy of the internal audit arrangements is undertaken annually and a scoping document is issued to the appointed internal auditor and confirmation of his/her continuing independence is obtained.  Both internal and external auditor reports are presented to full Parish Council and actioned as appropriate.

Littlejohn LLP has been appointed as the Parish Council’s external auditors and can be contacted via the following address, phone number and email address:

Littlejohn LLP
2nd Floor
1 Westferry Circus
Canary Wharf
E14 4HD
Tel: 020 7516 2200
Fax: 020 7516 2400
Email:  sba@littlejohnllp.com 

Annual Return

At the end of the financial year, the Parish Council completes an Annual Return which consists of:

  • Section 1 : A Statement of Accounts setting out the financial position of the Parish Council and its income and expenditure for that year.
  • Section 2 : An annual Governance Statement confirming that the Parish Council has a sound system of internal control.
  • Section 3 : The External Auditor’s certificate and opinion.
  • Section 4 : The Internal Auditor’s annual report.

A copy of the latest audited and signed off Annual Return can be obtained by clicking on the following links:

Exercise of Public Rights 2021-22

notice of conclusion of audit 2020-21

annual governance statement 2020-21

External auditor report and certificate 2020-21

Notice of public rights 2020-21

Notice of Conclusion of Audit 2019-20

Annual Governance Statement 2019-20

External Auditor Report and Certificate 2019-20

NoticeofPublicRights 2019-20

Accounting Statements 2018-2019

Accounting Statements 2017-18

Governance & Accountability Return


In November of each year, revised estimates for the current financial year and estimates for the next financial year are compiled based on detailed calculations for each expenditure and income head.  An annual precept and Council Tax is calculated based on these estimates and considered and discussed by Finance and Greens Committee before being agreed by full Parish Council.  A copy of the estimate summary and Council Tax calculation for the current financial year can be obtained by clicking on the following links:

Community Infrastructure Levy monies received – 2016-2017

During the year 2020/21, the Parish Council received from Chelmsford City Council payments for new development within the village.  These payments received and what the parish council put the monies towards can be viewed by clicking on the following link:

CIL 2020 2021

CIL 2019 2020

CIL 2016 2017

CIL 2017 2018



Planning Applications