Finance and Governance Committee

The Finance and Governance Committee meet as required, scrutinising the financial transactions of the Council and making any necessary recommendations to the Full Council.

In November the Committee meets to decide on the estimated expenditure for the next financial year; this recommendation is presented to Full Council’s Budget Meeting in December for ratification. From these figures the Parish Council’s precept (the amount of money the Council requests in the Council Tax under ‘Parish’) is calculated by Buckinghamshire Council.

This Committee is responsible for overseeing the Council’s annual external and internal audits, bi annual internal audit and preparation of the annual accounts; together with ensuring that the Council is performing all its legal financial obligations.

The Committee is also responsible for the Council’s Policies and Procedures and meet to ensure that these are drafted and updated, when necessary, ready for ratification by Full Council.


  • Cllr C Oliver (Chair)
  • Cllr J Baker (Vice Chair)
  • Cllr A Cecil
  • Cllr I Hamilton
  • Cllr P Fleming (Ex-Officio)
  • Judy Weaver

Salix Loan Approval from Secretary of State

The Parish Council has received approval for the Salix Loan from the Secretary of State for Phases 1 – 4.

Public Works Board LOAN (PWBL) for Hazlemere Memorial Hall for £450,000

The Parish Council took out a PWBL for £450,000 on 31 July 2009 for a term of 15 years at an annual interest rate of 3.93% to build the Hazlemere Memorial Hall.

Grants awarded 2020/2021 Financial Year

  • Grange Area Trust £500
  • Royal British Legion £200
  • 11th High Wycombe Scouts towards heating system £2,487
  • Charity Donation in memory of deceased Councillor £50

Grants awarded 2021/2022 Financial Year

  • Grange Area Trust £500
  • Hazlemere Community Centre £500
  • Royal British Legion £200

Chairman’s Annual Allowance 2021/22

As per Hazlemere Parish Council Budget, it was resolved by Full Council on 7 December 2021 FC06/12/21.3 that the Chairman be awarded an annual allowance for £350 to cover out of pocket expenses occurring during their term of office.


Finance and Governance Committee Terms of Reference

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Planning and Licensing Committee

Planning Committee Meetings are held at Cedar Barn twice a month, on the first Tuesday and third Monday of the month.

This Committee reviews the plans for changes to property in Hazlemere, which have been submitted to Buckinghamshire Council by the public. The Committee also reviews applications for licenses such as alcohol and entertainment. The role of the Parish Council is as a Consultee, not a decision maker.

Careful consideration is taken when reviewing all the plans to ensure that developments respect neighbours privacy, are in keeping with the local street scene and to ensure over development of sites is not permitted.  We also consider the appropriateness of license applications in respect to their implications in our community.

As with all other Parish Council meetings the public are welcome; although participation in the meeting is at the discretion of the Committee’s Chairman. Following the meetings, the minutes will be uploaded for you to view.

Committee Members

  • All Councillors
  • Cllr A Cecil (Chair)
  • Cllr P Fleming (Vice Chair)

If you would like to attend a Planning Meeting please do contact The Clerk to register your place.

Email: clerk@hazlemereparishcouncil.gov.uk
Tel: 01494 715548

Planning and Licensing Committee Terms of Reference

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Staff Committee

The Committee is responsible for the employment and welfare of all employees. This includes: reviewing staffing structures and levels and make recommendations to the Council. Agreeing and reviewing annually contracts of employment, job descriptions, person specifications for staff and to review the Clerk/RFO performance.

Membership 2022 / 2023

  • Cllr P Ruffles (Chair)
  • Cllr J Baker
  • Cllr C Oliver (Ex Officio)
  • Cllr J Weaver

Planning Strategy Committee (Neighbourhood Plan)

Hazlemere Parish Council is creating a Neighbourhood Plan for our village. This plan will give our community the opportunity to develop a shared vision, shaping the future of development in Hazlemere. It will cover areas including housing, roads, footpaths, infrastructure, parks, playgrounds, local services and businesses. It will address current issues and demonstrate the improvements needed to make Hazlemere an even better, more vibrant, safer and more beautiful place to live.


  • Cllr P Fleming (Chairman)
  • Cllr C Oliver (Vice Chair)
  • Cllr J Baker
  • Cllr E Gemmell
  • Cllr P Ruffles
  • Member of the Public – D Howells
  • Member of the Public – S Simpson
  • Member of the Public – D Clyne

Open Spaces Committee

  • Cllr J Horton (Chairman)
  • Cllr L Casey (Vice Chairman)
  • Cllr J Weaver
  • Cllr D Thompson (Project Manager)
  • Cllr P Fleming (Ex-Officio)