Your Parish Council is here to help you. If you have a problem or concern about something locally, just get in touch with the Parish Clerk and they will be able to advise you as to how you should proceed. It may be that it is something that the Parish Councillors can do or it may be that a particular issue needs to be raised with another body. Whatever the way forward, the Parish Clerk will be able to offer you advice. In the meantime, if you have something you’d like to tell the Parish Council about just contact the Clerk.
The Clerk is available Monday to Thursday 9.00am to 4.00pm by phone 01985 213435 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Parish councillors have a dual role:-
The formal part of these roles, especially the first one, is carried out by attending meetings and corresponding with the parish clerk. The parish council might have committees and even sub-committees. This is more likely to be the case in larger councils. Individual councillors do not have, and cannot be given, powers to make decisions on behalf of the parish council. This applies to the chairman as much as to the other councillors, although the chairman does have personal responsibilities in connection with the running of formal meetings.
The less formal part of these roles of listening and talking to people, including the local elected members of the district, county or unitary council, will almost certainly take up more of the councillor’s time. However, it is important to remember that “rules of behaviour” apply whenever activities of being a parish councillor are being undertaken.
The requirement to complete a register of interests is a crucial element of complying with the code of conduct. In rural parishes, and those centred on smaller settlements in particular, the risk of councillors being affected by disclosable pecuniary or other interests can be quite high. Also, it can be difficult to maintain an appropriate distance from local lobby or campaign groups. This is most likely to be the case in planning matters, an issue that should engage particularly those councillors who are also elected members of the local planning authority.
Allotments, Traffic, Village Hall Representative & Staffing Committee
Parish Steward, Traffic and Staffing Committee
Address: 9 Beech Grove Warminster Wiltshire BA120AB