The Local Government Act 1972 enabled Parish & Town Councils to be established and gave guidelines as to their role and the powers and duties that they would have. Parish & Town Councils are the first tier of local government and many would say the most important tier, as they are closest to the community. They are Governed by Statue and they have powers and duties that enable them to spend money.
The Parish Council is now governed by the ‘Transparency Code for Smaller Authorities’. This code was first issued in 2014 to meet the government’s desire to place more power into citizens’ hands to increase democratic accountability. The Code shapes our audit regime and ensures that we are carrying out our duties in an open & transparent manner. It also defines the information that should be available and the format in which we must make it available. The freedom of information publication scheme also lists public documents that must be available.
The Clerk is the Proper Officer of the Council and deals with the administration of the Council on a day-to-day basis.
Our Clerk, Gaynor Hawthornthwaite, works part time and can be contacted via email.
The Clerk’s overall responsibility is to carry out the policy decisions of the Council. She prepares agendas for the Full Council and all Committee meetings, attends the meetings to take notes and advise and then prepares the Minutes. Following which all correspondence is actioned.