How does the Parish Council operate ?

The overriding objective of the Parish Council is to make the parish a better place for all to live in and enjoy. There are numerous ways this is being achieved and our detailed plans are set out in the Parish Plan, published in 2006 and updated in 2012, which was prepared in consultation with the community.

 

Councillors work together to serve the community and to help the Council make decisions on behalf of the local community. They contribute by suggesting ideas, engaging in constructive debate and by responding to the needs and views of the community. Councillors offer their services on a voluntary basis, serving for at least a four year period.

 

A great deal of our work is co-ordinated by the Clerk to the Council who is the only employee of the Council. The Clerk's primary responsibility is to advise the Council on whether its decisions are lawful and to recommend ways in which decisions can be implemented. The Clerk can be asked to research topics of concern to the Council, provide unbiased information to help the Council to make appropriate decisions and assist in implementing those decisions.

Please note that the Clerk works part-time, twenty hours a week. These are taken between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday to Friday.

The powers available to the Parish Council are determined at national Government level and are summarized in the document The Good Councillor's Guide  More detail is provided in the Code of Conduct.

 

Councillors are required to disclose matters in which they have a personal interest.  The members' interest register is updated on a regular basis and councillors are also required to declare interests in any agenda item at the beginning of meetings.

The Parish Council meets every month except August, Although there are some matters of confidentiality to observe, most Parish Council business is fully open to the public and we welcome parishioners attending the Parish Council meetings. These meetings may be recorded,filmed or broadcast as per the guidance for the management of recording at local council and parish meetings.