Warlingham Parish Council Returns to Face-to-Face Meetings

The Government has instructed Councils to return to face-to-face meetings once the regulations permitting virtual meetings expire on 7th May. The Parish Council is seeking to do this in a Covid-secure way, which means that we will be looking for a larger venue than the Library to hold our meetings until the Government lifts all restrictions on indoor meetings.

At the time of writing, we are planning to hold a shortened annual Council meeting, at which the Chair and other officers will be elected, on Wednesday 19th May. By the time you receive this, information on the venue and other arrangements will be available on the Council’s website. Please contact the clerk for further information at clerk@warlingham-pc.gov.uk

Covid-19 Business Restart Grants

A summary of the scheme is given below:

  1. The scheme is aimed at businesses in the non-essential retail sector as well as hospitality, accommodation, leisure, personal care and gym business premises allowed to open from 12 April 2021.
  2. Once again, grant amounts available will depend on the business type and Rateable Value.
  3. Business may be eligible if any of the following apply:
    • The business has staff on furlough.
    • The business continues to trade online, via click and collect services etc.
    • The business is not in liquidation, dissolved, struck off or subject to a striking of notice or under notice.
    • The business is engaged in business activity, managing accounts, preparing for reopening, planning and implementing Covid-safe measures.

This list of indicators is not exhaustive and Officer discretion will be used to determine if a business is trading.

  1. If a business has been trading by other means such as online or via click and collect prior to 1 April 2021, they may still be eligible for a Restart Grant.
  2. Business types may be eligible for the following grant amounts:

Non-essential Retail

  • Businesses with a rateable value of exactly £15,000 or under on 1 April 2021 will receive a payment of £2,667.
  • Businesses with a rateable value over £15,000 and less than £51,000 on 1 April 2021 will receive a payment of £4,000.
  • Businesses with a rateable value of exactly £51,000 or over on 1 April 2021 will receive a payment of £6,000.

Hospitality, accommodation, leisure, personal care and gym business premises

  • Businesses with a rateable value of exactly £15,000 or under on 1 April 2021 will receive a payment of £8,000.
  • Businesses with a rateable value over £15,000 and less than £51,000 on 1 April 2021 will receive a payment of £12,000.
  • Businesses with a rateable value of exactly £51,000 or over on 1 April 2021 will receive a payment of £18,000.
  1. The closing date for this scheme is 30 June 2021 and final payments must be made by 31 July 2021.
  2. Qualifying business types are highlighted on pages 25 – 27 of the attached scheme.
  3. An application form can be found here – https://tdcws01.tandridge.gov.uk/TDCWebAppsPublic/tfaBranded/403

Businesses without a Rateable Value are not eligible for a Restart Grant, I would therefore encourage applications to be submitted for an Additional Restrictions Grant – application form can be found here – https://tdcws01.tandridge.gov.uk/TDCWebAppsPublic/tfaBranded/388

If you have any questions contact Specialist Services at Tandridge District Council. Tel: 01883 732809

 

 

Notice of Election on 6th May 2021

It’s official – local elections will take place on Thursday 6th May.

Notice of Election – Parish Council 22 March 2021

As you may already know, most people choose to stand for election to Warlingham Parish Council as a representative of a political party and go through a formal selection process. However, individuals can stand in their own right as an independent. If you’re interested, information about eligibility and the timetable for nominations etc can be found on the website of Tandridge District Council at https://www.tandridge.gov.uk/Your-council/Voting-and-elections/Elections-6-May-2021

Current Business Grants Available

Following the government’s recent announcement introducing the Closed Business Lockdown Payment; below is a summary of the Business Lockdown Payment and other grants currently available.

1. Closed Businesses Lockdown Payment

Businesses required to close by government, including non-essential retail, leisure, personal care, sports facilities and hospitality businesses could be eligible for this payment.

These one off grant payments will be issued to eligible businesses as follows:

£4,000 for businesses with a rateable value of £15,000 or under.
£6,000 for businesses with a rateable value between £15,000 and £51,000.
£9,000 for businesses with a rateable value of over £51,000.

Applications for this grant close on 31 March and final payments will be made by 30 April. An application form can be found here

2. Local Restriction Support Grant

Businesses required to close under national or local tier restrictions, or which have been severely impacted due to restrictions may be eligible for a Local Restriction Support Grant.

Businesses required to close:

Eligible businesses appearing on the local rating list with a rateable value of £15,000 or under when local restrictions started will receive £1,334, if they were forced to close between 5 November and 2 December 2020 or £667 every 14 days if they are forced to close from 2 December 2020.

Eligible businesses appearing on the local rating list with a rateable value over £15,000 and less than £51,000 when local restrictions started will receive £2,000, if they were forced to close between 5 November and 2 December 2020 or £1,000 every 14 days if they are forced to close from 2 December 2020.

Eligible businesses appearing on the local rating list with a rateable value of £51,000 or over when local restrictions started will receive £3,000, if they were forced to close between 5 November and 2 December 2020 or £1,500 every 14 days if they are forced to close from 2 December 2020.

Since 5 January, payments to businesses are paid on a full 42 day (six week) payment cycle. Applications close on 31 March and final payments will be made by 30 April.

An application form for the Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed Scheme) can be found here

Affected businesses which remained open until 5 January 2021:

Eligible businesses appearing on the local rating list with a rateable value of £15,000 or under when local restrictions started will receive £467 every 14 days, if they remained open from 2 December 2020.

Eligible businesses appearing on the local rating list with a rateable value over £15,000 and less than £51,000 when local restrictions started will receive £700, if they remained open every 14 days from 2 December 2020.

Eligible businesses appearing on the local rating list with a rateable value of £51,000 or over when local restrictions started will receive £1,050, if they remained open every 14 days from 2 December 2020.

An application for the Local Restrictions Support Grant (Open Scheme) can be found here

3. Additional Restrictions Grant

A discretionary one-off payment through the Additional Restrictions Grant is also available to some businesses severely impacted, but not forced to close, by Covid-19.

Applications will be reviewed by an awards panel each Monday. If applications are successful, applicants will receive an e-mail to confirm the amount of grant funding they will receive. This will be paid by BACS transfer to their bank account within 7 to 10 days of the panel’s decision.

An application form for Additional Restrictions Grant can be found here

If you have any questions about these grant schemes, please contact James Devonshire Specialist Services Manager jdevonshire@tandridge.gov.uk

 

 

 

New Parish Website Launched

Welcome to the new Warlingham Parish Council website. It’s been a while since we upgraded the site, and this more modern design should make it easier to find what you’re looking for. The new site also meets current legal requirements on accessibility.

We’d love to hear what you think of the new site, so please provide feedback to clerk@warlingham-pc.gov.uk