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Village Council News

Village Council Meetings 

The Village Council last met on Wednesday 7 November for its monthly meeting.  The Minutes from the meeting on 3 October  were agreed and signed by the Village Council Chair, Cllr. Marie Dear. 

The monthly meetings take place on the first Wednesday of the month and are held in the Committee Room of South Green Memorial Hall, starting promptly at 7.30 p.m.  The next meeting will take place on Wednesday 5 December 2018, a copy of the Agenda will be posted there three clear days ahead of the meeting.   

The Village Council held its Annual Parish Meeting on Wednesday 4 July 2018, where the Minutes from last years meeting were agreed and signed by the Chair, Cllr. Marie Dear. 


Public Notices

Completion of the 2017/18 external Audit

The Village Council's external Auditors have completed the Annual Governance  & Accountability Return (AGAR) for the Great Burstead & South Green Village Council for the year ended 31 March 2018.  The following documents are published for your information and in line with the Accounts and Audit Regulations 2015 (SI 201/234) :  

Notice of Conclusion of Audit  


1)     The audit of accounts for Great Burstead & South Green Village Council for the year ended 31 March 2018 has been completed and the accounts have been published.

2)       The Annual Governance & Accountability Return (AGAR) is available for inspection by any local government elector of the area of Great Burstead & South Green Village Council on application to:

a)         Mrs N A Watkins, Clerk & Responsible Financial Officer
  Great Burstead & South Green Village Council
  P O Box 12648
  Essex CM12 2FB

b)       9:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Monday - Wednesday

3)       Copies will be provided to any person on payment of £5.00 (c) for each copy of the Annual Governance & Accountability Return (AGAR)

Announcement made by: (d)   Nicki Watkins, Clerk & RFO

Date of announcement: (e)     Thursday 27 September 2018



This notice and Sections 1, 2 & 3 of the AGAR must be published by 30 September. This must include publication on the smaller authority’s website.


(a) Name, position and address of the person to whom local government electors should apply to inspect the AGAR.


(b) Hours during which inspection rights may be exercised.


(c) Reasonable sum for copying costs.

(d) Name and position of person placing the notice.

 (e) Date of placing the notice


Section 1 Annual Governance Statement 2017/18

Section 2 Accounting Statements 2017/18

Section 3 External Auditor Report and Certificate 2017/18 


Notice of Public Rights and Publication of Unaudited Annual Governance & Accountability Return for Accounts for the year ended 31 March 2018.


As noted below, Basildon Borough Council are currently undertaking a Community Governance Review.  Further details will be made available once the Village Council has more information,in the meantime more details can be found in the Terms of Reference.


Councillor Vacancies

The Village Council currently has two Councillor vacancies.  If you are interested in becoming more involved with serving the local community and having the opportunity to make a difference, please see the following link for more details and how you can apply Notice of Co-Option Two Vacancies.


Community Special Constables - Your Community Needs You! 

There are currently two vacancies for Community Special Constables to serve Great Burstead & South Green in assisting with keeping our parish safe. If you think that this is something you would be interested in, please see the advert for more information or visit:


Community Governance Review

A Community Governance Review is being undertaken by Basildon Borough Council in accordance with the provisions of the Local Government and Public Involvement in Health Act 2007.

The review will consider the electoral arrangements of existing Local (town, parish and village) Councils in the Basildon Borough and whether these arrangements remain appropriate and fit for purpose.  This includes: 



  • Ordinary year of election – the year in which ordinary elections of local councillors are held
  • Council size – the number of councillors to be elected to each council
  • Parish warding – whether local councils should be divided into wards for the purpose of electing councillors.  This includes considering the number and boundaries of any such wards, the number of councillors to be elected for any such ward and the name of any such ward. 




All other matters that may be considered as part of a Community Governance Review are out of the scope of this review.

The review commenced on 1 June 2018 with the publication of the terms of reference and the Council is now inviting representations from interested parties.  Any representation should be sent as detailed in the terms of reference by the deadline for which is 31 July.

Dates for your diary...


The next Litter Pick is planned to take place next summer, on Saturday 1st June 2019.  More details will follow nearer the date.

Back by popular demand, the date for next year's Village Fun Day has been agreed for Sunday 25 August! More details will follow as the year progresses.

Borough Local Plan

The following link provides the latest information that the Village Council has received about the local plan. Further updates will be posted as soon as the Village Council is advised.


Great Burstead and South Green Village Council Installs New Village Sign in Great Burstead

On 13th May 2018 Village Councillors and residents gathered for the unveiling event of the new village sign.

Councillors and Residents around the new sign

The sign is set in the most historic part of the village, a few yards from the Grade 1 listed building of St Mary Magdalene. The area has a long tradition of being a farming community, even now it is surrounded by fields, much of them used for agriculture. In the early 1600s Christopher Martin was Church Warden of St Mary Magdalene, he disagreed with the Church authorities and joined the pilgrims. In 1620 with his wife and stepson he set sail as Passenger Governor on the Mayflower landing at Cape Cod America. These historic facts were pulled together in the sign. The Chairman, Cllr Marie Dear, was delighted to invite Mr Bert Cottle, who created the initial drawings for the sign while he was a Village Councillor, to unveil the sign.

Great Burstead and South Green Village Council acknowledges with thanks the assistance of Essex County Council in siting the sign and granting a licence, Basildon Borough Council for permissions and for storing the sign, Alpha Signs for the high quality of its manufacture, the contractors for its installation and Village Councillors for their work on the sign over the years.

The sign is designed to be a focal point in the community of Great Burstead.