Notice of Public Rights and Publication of Annual Governance and Accountability Return (Exempt Authority)



Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014 Sections 25, 26 and 27

The Accounts and Audit Regulations 2015 (SI 2015/234)


1. Date of announcement – 12th June 2022

2. Each year the smaller authority prepares an Annual Governance and Accountability Return (AGAR). The AGAR has been published with this notice. It will not be reviewed by the appointed auditor, since the smaller authority has certified itself as exempt from the appointed auditor’s review.

Any person interested has the right to inspect and make copies of the AGAR, the accounting records for the financial year to which it relates and all books, deeds, contracts, bills, vouchers, receipts and other documents relating to those records must be made available for inspection by any person interested.

For the year ended 31st March 2022, these documents will be available on reasonable notice by application to:

  • Irene Marchant – Parish Clerk/RFO

St. Giles, Woods Corner, Dallington, East Sussex TN21 9LA

01424 838414/07711 224150

  • Commencing on Monday 13th June 2022 and ending on Friday 22nd July 2022

3. Local government electors and their representatives also have:

  • The opportunity to question the appointed auditor about the accounting records, and
  • The right to make an objection which concerns a matters of which the appointed auditor could either make a public interest report or apply to the court for a declaration that an item of account is unlawful. Written notice of an objection must first be given to the auditor and a copy sent to the smaller authority.

The appointed auditor can be contacted at the address in paragraph 4. below for this purpose between the above dates only.

4. The smaller authority’s AGAR is only subject to review by the appointed auditor if questions or objections raised under the Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014 lead to the involvement of the auditor. The appointed auditor is:

  • PKF Littlejohn LLP (ref: SBA Team)

1 Westferry Circus, Canary Wharf, London E14 4HD

5. This announcement is made by:

  • Irene Marchant – Parish Clerk/RFO


MEETING IN VILLAGE HALL 06.04.22 at 7pm – Queen’s Jubilee Celebration Event

We will be holding an informal meeting (not a parish council meeting) in the Village Hall on 06.04.22 at 7pm.  This is to discuss with Dallington residents what sort of event (at the Recreation Ground) they would like to celebrate the Queen’s 70th Jubilee.
Can you pass this information on to anyone who does not receive email alerts.
Hope to see you there.
Irene – Parish Clerk

Ultrafast broadband – Dallington and Mountfield

This is an update to my post (yesterday) about Ultrafast broadband in Dallington and Mountfield.

I jumped the gun somewhat after getting the flyer yesterday when the parishes of Netherfield, Ninfield, Brightling, Ashburnham, Penhurst, Catsfield, Dallington and Mountfield were mentioned.  However, Openreach work on telephone exchanges and not parish boundaries, all these parishes were noted on the flyer (only delivered to certain post codes) as some residents of the parishes are connected to the Brightling and Ashburnham telephone exchanges.

I have spoken to Andrew Wedmore (Chair of Brightling PC) today – who has worked tirelessly over the past few years on this project – please click on the link below to see an email from Andrew which shows the post codes that can be connected, through the voucher scheme, at the present time.

  • Brightling telephone exchange – Brightling + Netherfield Village + Dallington Woods Corner area.
  • Ashburnham telephone exchange – Ashburnham + Penhurst + Ninfield.

There is also a link from Andrew’s email showing FAQs.

1 Broadband in Netherfield and Brightling and Dallington Woods Corner

Ultrafast broadband voucher scheme FAQs

I believe that we cannot have a two tier system for broadband and every resident of Dallington and Mountfield must have the opportunity to apply for this voucher scheme.  I intend to pursue this matter with Openreach – “the next hill that I die on.”

Just as an aside, you can find out which telephone exchange you are connected to by going to the following site – just put your post code in.

Find out which telephone exchange you are connected to

Irene – Parish Clerk



Ultrafast broadband is coming to our area!

Very excited about this.  There has been tremendous work by Brightling and Ashburnham & Penhurst Parish Councils on this issue for a long time and they deserve a massive shout out.

There are many of us in our parishes who get what is not exactly Ultrafast Broadband, although it may well be called that.  I have just tested my broadband (on my laptop) and I get 35.29Mbps download and 6.54Mbps download – not what I would call Ultrafast!

You can check your broadband speed by going to the site below

BT Wholesale Broadband Speed Checker

This offer guarantees Ultrafast and FIBRE TO PREMISES, most of us have fibre to cabinet.  I’ve just pooled my voucher into the scheme and have classed myself as a business (parish clerk to two councils).

I know for a fact that there are graphic designers, architects, draughtspersons etc., who have real problems working from home without Ultrafast broadband (fibre to premises).

Please do read the document below, it will give you full details on how to pool your voucher and IT WON’T COST YOU A PENNY!

Ultrafast broadband full details

To pool your voucher, go to the link below

Click on this link to pool your voucher

Even if you don’t see the benefit of Ultrafast broadband for your particular circumstances – please do pool your voucher into the scheme, it will benefit so many others.

Irene – Parish Clerk


Additional Compensation for latest power cuts


Please see statement below from Basil Scarsella about additional compensation for the recent power outages.

Statement from UK Power Networks CEO Basil Scarsella

I appreciate what a difficult time this is, for our many customers who have experienced a power cut caused by Storm Eunice which saw record wind speeds and damage across the South East and East of England.

While we work hard to get everybody back on supply, we have decided to make goodwill payments to our customers who were worst affected by power cuts caused by Storm Eunice and have been without power for 24 hours.

We recognise that being without power for this extended period affects your daily life so we have decided to make an extra £50 payment, earlier than payments would normally apply which would be after 48 hours.  This means that if you were impacted by Storm Eunice you will be eligible to receive £50 after 24 hours without electricity, an additional £70 when you reach 48 hours, and an additional £70 thereafter for every 12 hours without power. 

There is no need for you to call us – we’ll contact everyone who is entitled to a payment by text message, email or letter in the coming days. If you prefer you can fill in our online claim form.

I hope you and your families are safe and well. Please rest assured it’s our top priority to get your power back on as quickly as we can.

Basil Scarsella

Memorial Bench for Gwen and Peter Westwood

Gwen and Peter Westwood were at the heart of the Dallington community for many, many years – running the Post Office Stores.
Their granddaughter, Emma, very generously donated this beautiful bench to Dallington in their memory.  The perfect gift for us all, including those who did not know Gwen and Peter, to sit and remember what is precious to us.

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Be Careful – Dangerous Dogs in Dallington

For anyone not the the local Facebook pages…

This is copy and pasted from Rother Police this evening –

Police are urgently trying to locate three aggressive dogs which are on the loose in Dallington, while also looking to trace their owner.

Officers were called to Buckholt Farm at 7.35am on Thursday (October 28) by a resident concerned about three stray terrier-type dogs on their land which were acting aggressively.

Following extensive attempts by police officers and the RSPCA to capture the animals, they fled the farm and are currently unaccounted for.

Anybody who sees the animals should not approach them, but call 999 immediately quoting serial 222 of 28/10. Similarly, if you are their owner please also urgently get in touch with us.

Owners of livestock and other animals are also advised to be vigilant, as the dogs could pose a threat to their safety.

RIP Gwen Westwood

Many of you will remember with great affection, Peter and Gwen Westwood who ran the Dallington shop for around thirty years.
I have just heard from their granddaughter that Gwen passed away last Tuesday.
When Freddie and I moved to Dallington and our friend Ken Putt took over the shop, so many people had very many kind and affectionate memories of Peter and Gwen and the tremendous work they did for the Dallington community, I think they were involved in practically everything that went on.
Their granddaughter hopes to have a memorial plaque or bench in their memory, more on this later.
Irene – Parish Clerk