What is a Parish Council? Powers & Duties How P.C's work

Information published by Market Lavington Parish Council under the model publication scheme

   
Your Councillors What is a Parish Council? Powers & Duties How P.C's work Contact Details Planning

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Market Lavington Parish Council

PARISH COUNCIL meets on the third Tuesday of every month (except August) in the Old School at 7:15pm. Parishioners are welcome to attend these meetings where there are two 5 minute adjournements for public comments, one adjournment on agenda items, and the other on any matter.

Market Lavington Councillors:

Chairman Mr Colin Osborn 812450 colinosborn@compuserve.com
Vice-Chairman Mr Fred Davis 813077 rafreddavis@aol.com
  Mrs Caroline Davis 813007 jcarolinedavis@aol.com
  Mrs Ann Earley 818362 ann.earley@zen.co.uk
Mr Ian Myhill 812182 i.myhill@btinternet.com
Tim Padfield tim.padfield@cantab.net
Mr Duncan Poole 813560 duncanpool@aol.com
  Mr Mike Russel 818179 mikerussell007@sky.com
  Mrs Teresa Steele 818434 teresadiesel@hotmail.co.uk
  Ms Sharan White white.sharan@btinternet.com
   Mr Kevin Whitehorn  kevin.whitehorn@yahoo.com
Clerk to Council Mrs C.Hackett 01225760372
     
Parish Boundry

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ELECTIONS There are currently vacancies on the Parish Council. If you are interested in becoming a parish councillor please contact the Clerk to Council as vacancies do arise from time to time.

What is a town, parish or community council?

Parish and town councils in England and community and town councils in Wales are the first tier of local government. They deliver a vast range of services at a community level. There are around 10,000 community, parish and town councils in England and Wales, made up of nearly 100,000 councillors. These first-tier councils can respond to the needs of the community – delivering the services or representation it most needs.

The parish lies at the foot of the north western scarp slope of Salisbury Plain .It originally contained Easterton, now a separate civil parish, and Gore, now in West Lavington. The parish is long and narrow with Gault clay in the north, rising to a ridge of Upper Greensand at about 96 metres at Ledge Hill. This ridge is known as the Sands and was common land for many centuries. In the 18th century its light fertile soil provided suitable land for commercial orchards and market gardening. Half the parish is on the chalk uplands (military area) that rises to about 200m on Lavington Hill.

 

Powers and duties

Parish and town councils have a large range of powers, and the activities parish and town councils are involved in are immense. Many parish and town councils are involved in planning, promoting tourism, licensing, community halls, representation, management of town and village centres and providing community halls.

How parish councils work

Parish councils are statutory bodies. Members are elected for a term of four years and councils are funded principally by an annual precept. Income and expenditure for the next financial year are calculated in the form of estimates. The net amount (the precept) is added to council tax, collected by the unitary council and paid to parishes in two six-monthly instalments. Parish and town councils can apply for other funding such as grant and funding awards, but they do not receive funds direct from central government, as principal authorities do.


Planning

When a planning application is submitted it is processed by the planning department within a set procedure. Applications are usually dealt with within 8 weeks of submission, but delays do occur for a variety of reasons.

Once the application is accepted as valid by the Council a series of consultation letters are sent out to a range of Statutory Consultees (such as the Highways Department, Environmental Health, English Heritage etc) which vary depending upon the individual proposal. These consultees are required to respond within 21 days with their comments on the application.

The local Parish Council will be notified and they will consider the application at one of their regular meetings. They will formally respond giving their views on the application and stating whether they approve or object.

The Parish Council has created a list of principles that it will use when considering any application.

Click here to view these principles.



 

Published Information under the model publication scheme.

Information to be published

How the information can be obtained

Cost

Class1 - Who we are and what we do
(Organisational information, structures, locations and contacts)

This will be current information only
                                   
N.B. Councils should already be publishing as much information as possible about how they can be contacted.

 

 

Who’s who on the Council and its Committees

Hard copy – contact Clerk

5p/sheet

Contact details for Parish Clerk and Council members (named contacts where possible with telephone number and email address (if used))

Listed on notice boards.
Hard copy – contact Clerk

Free
5p/sheet

Location of main Council office and accessibility details

N/A

 

Staffing structure

Hard copy – contact Clerk

5p/sheet

 

 

 

Class 2 – What we spend and how we spend it
(Financial information relating to projected and actual income and expenditure, procurement, contracts and financial audit)

Current and previous financial year as a minimum

 

 

Annual return form and report by auditor

Hard copy – contact Clerk

5p/sheet

Finalised budget

Hard copy – contact Clerk

5p/sheet

Precept

Hard copy – contact Clerk

5p/sheet

Borrowing Approval letter

Hard copy – contact Clerk

5p/sheet

Financial Standing Orders and Regulations

Hard copy – contact Clerk

5p/sheet

Grants given and received

Hard copy – contact Clerk

5p/sheet

List of current contracts awarded and value of contract

Hard copy – contact Clerk

5p/sheet

Members’ allowances and expenses

Hard copy – contact Clerk

5p/sheet

 

 

 

Class 3 – What our priorities are and how we are doing
(Strategies and plans, performance indicators, audits, inspections and reviews)

 

 

Parish Plan (current and previous year as a minimum)

2006 Parish plan published booklet

Free

Annual Report to Parish or Community Meeting (current and previous year as a minimum)

In Parish Council file in library.
Hard copy – contact Clerk

Free

5p/sheet

Quality status

N/A

 

Local charters drawn up in accordance with DCLG guidelines

N/A

 

 

 

 

Class 4 – How we make decisions
(Decision making processes and records of decisions)

Current and previous council year as a minimum

 

 

Timetable of meetings (Council, any committee/sub-committee meetings and parish meetings)

Hard copy – contact Clerk

5p/sheet

Agendas of meetings (as above)

Hard copy – contact Clerk

5p/sheet

Minutes of meetings (as above) – nb this will exclude information that is properly regarded as private to the meeting.

In Parish Council file in library.

Hard copy – contact Clerk

Free

 

5p/sheet

Reports presented to council meetings - nb this will exclude information that is properly regarded as private to the meeting.

Hard copy – contact Clerk

5p/sheet

Responses to consultation papers

Hard copy – contact Clerk

5p/sheet

Responses to planning applications

Hard copy – contact Clerk

5p/sheet

Bye-laws

Hard copy – contact Clerk

5p/sheet

 

 

 

Class 5 – Our policies and procedures
(Current written protocols, policies and procedures for delivering our services and responsibilities)

Current information only

 

 

Policies and procedures for the conduct of council business:

Procedural standing orders
Committee and sub-committee terms of reference
Delegated authority in respect of officers
Code of Conduct
Policy statements

Hard copy – contact Clerk

5p/sheet

Policies and procedures for the provision of services and about the employment of staff:

Internal policies relating to the delivery of services
Equality and diversity policy
Health and safety policy
Recruitment policies (including current vacancies)
Policies and procedures for handling requests for information
Complaints procedures (including those covering requests for information and operating the publication scheme)

Hard copy – contact Clerk

5p/sheet

Information security policy

Hard copy – contact Clerk

5p/sheet

Records management policies (records retention, destruction and archive)

Hard copy – contact Clerk

5p/sheet

Data protection policies

Hard copy – contact Clerk

5p/sheet

Schedule of charges )for the publication of information)

On notice board

Free

 

 

 

Class 6 – Lists and Registers

Currently maintained lists and registers only

 

(Some information may only be available by inspection)

 

Any publicly available register or list (if any are held this should be publicised; in most circumstances existing access provisions will suffice)

N/A

 

Assets Register

Hard copy – contact Clerk

5p/sheet

Disclosure log (indicating the information that has been provided in response to requests; recommended as good practice, but may not be held by parish councils)

Hard copy – contact Clerk

5p/sheet

Register of members’ interests

Detailed in monthly minutes, copies in Parish Council file in Library
Hard copy – contact Clerk

Free

 

5p/sheet

Register of gifts and hospitality

Hard copy – contact Clerk

5p/sheet

 

 

 

Class 7 – The services we offer
(Information about the services we offer, including leaflets, guidance and newsletters produced for the public and businesses)

Current information only

 

 

Allotments

N/A

 

Burial grounds and closed churchyards

N/A

 

Community centres and village halls

Information on notice boards.
Hard copy – contact Clerk

Free

5p/sheet

Parks, playing fields and recreational facilities

Information on notice boards.
Hard copy – contact Clerk

Free

5p/sheet

Seating, litter bins, clocks, memorials and lighting

Hard copy – contact Clerk

5p/sheet

Bus shelters

N/A

 

Markets

N/A

 

Public conveniences

N/A

 

Agency agreements

N/A

 

A summary of services for which the council is entitled to recover a fee, together with those fees (e.g. burial fees)

N/A

 

 

 

 

Additional Information
This will provide Councils with the opportunity to publish information that is not itemised in the lists above

N/A

 

 

Additional Information

This will provide Councils with the opportunity to publish information that is not itemised in the lists above

N/A

 

Contact details:           Mrs Carol Hackett (Parish Clerk)
                                       23 Orchard Close
                                       West Ashton
                                       Wiltshire

                                       BA14 6AU                                      Tel: 01225 760372   email: carol-hackett@hotmail.com

 

SCHEDULE OF CHARGES

This describes how the charges have been arrived at and should be published as part of the guide.

TYPE OF CHARGE

DESCRIPTION

BASIS OF CHARGE

Disbursement cost

Photocopying @ 5p per sheet (black & white)

Actual cost *

 

Photocopying @ 5p per sheet (colour)

Actual cost

 

 

 

 

Postage

Actual cost of Royal Mail standard 2nd class

 

 

 

Statutory Fee

N/A

In accordance with the relevant legislation (quote the actual statute)

 

 

 

Other

N/A

 

 

 

 

* the actual cost incurred by the public authority

 

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