The Parish Council's Role
The Parish Council is the first of the three tiers of
Government, the other two being the County Council
and District Council. Twelve councillors are elected every four
years and the next Election will be held in May 2015.
Councillors work voluntarily but the Clerk is paid for 23 hours per week
and provides all the administrative support required.
The PC meet on the second and fourth Thursday of each month except for
August when there are no meetings and December when there is one meeting.
At the beginning of each meeting an Open Forum gives parishioners
an opportunity to raise issues with the Council. Our County and
District Councillors usually attend the meetings to report on matters
of interest and they often liaise with their respective councils
on our behalf.
In March/April an Annual Parish Meeting is held when the
Chairman reports to parishioners; there are also reports from our
Community Constable and County and District Councillors.
What does the Parish Council do?
The Parish Council is a statutory local authority
in its own right, having a wide variety of powers and duties conferred
by many statutes and as such undertakes a vital role within the
local government system, the importance of which should not be under-estimated
by the community. The Council works closely with our County and
District Councils and other bodies to ensure the needs of the Parish
and its residents are not overlooked.
Many parishioners are unaware of the broad range of
statutory powers, duties and procedures which provide the legal
framework for the Council’s business and conduct. Briefly
the Council’s role can be described as follows:-
The power of decision
in accordance with statutory functions and duties.
For example expressing
views about planning issues and consultation documents, representation
on the Harbour Authority, WIC Hall and Village Hall committees and
other relevant organisations, both locally and countywide.
Taking the lead on issues
affecting the interests of the area, eg. highways, footpaths, general
maintenance, trees, etc.
The power to raise a precept
from the local inhabitants and make financial decisions which will
benefit the community. The precept is collected with the Council
Tax by the District Council. The Council’s income and expenditure
is very closely monitored and the Accounts are audited annually
by independent Auditors.
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Freedom of Information Act 2000
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Code Of Conduct
Newton & Noss Parish Council's Code of Conduct can be viewed here
Notice of Registrable interests
Newton & Noss Parish Council Members' Register of Interests can be viewed here.