IMPORTANT UPDATE REGARDING CORONAVIRUS
The Coronavirus Bill has been given royal ascent so has come into law. From 6th April 2020. THE LOCAL
AUTHORITIES AND POLICE AND CRIME PANELS (CORONAVIRUS) (FLEXIBILITY OF LOCAL AUTHORITY AND POLICE AND CRIME PANEL MEETINGS) (ENGLAND AND WALES) REGULATIONS 2020 comes into being
This covers meetings until the 7th May 2021
Meetings can be cancelled without further notice.
There is no requirement to hold an Annual Council meeting this year, the Chairman (and any other appointees) continues to the next annual meeting, or such time as the Council may determine.
Meetings can be held "electronic, digital or virtual locations such as internet locations, web addresses or conference call telephone numbers"
To be classified as in attendance the Councillor must be able to hear and be heard (therefore they could phone in to a video conference call)
Meetings must still be properly convened and able to be attended by members of the public
The notice doesn't have to be put up in notice boards but must be up on the website.
There is no provision within the regulations in relation to Annual Parish and Town Meetings. However, currently these cannot take place face to face, however, they are still able to take place before June, so await further information
The regulations relate to virtual meetings and this is the preferred method, rather than agreed email decisions
Elmstone Hardwicke Parish Council provide a wide range of services and are always working hard to improve standards. The Council held it's first meeting on the 16th July 1963. The council operates efficiently and in accordance with rules and procedures as laid down by the Local Authorities Act 1972. Our friendly team of dedicated councillors have a reputation for accessibility. If you have any questions or problems, why not make us your first port of call?
The council exists to serve you.
Your council is a corporate body, a legal entity separate from that of its members. Its decisions are the responsibility of the whole body. The council has been granted powers by Parliament including the important authority to raise money through taxation (the precept) and a range of powers to spend public money.
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Parish Councils can play a vital part in representing the interests of the communities they serve and improving the quality of life and the local environment. Furthermore they influence other decision makers and can, in many cases, deliver services to meet local needs. In other words, you and your council can make a difference.
Planning, highways, traffic, community safety, community centres, litter and rights of way – these are some of the main issues that concern parish government.
Most local councils were set up in 1894 by an Act of Parliament. This created the civil parish, separating it from the church after its long history of delivering local services such as care for the poor, maintenance of roads and collecting taxes. In 2007 the government brought in legislation to allow local councils in London not permitted since the 1960s. In the first decade of the 21st century 200 new councils were created.
The diversity of local councils is their strength. Each can make a unique response to the needs of their community with a sensitivity that is more difficult for principal authorities to achieve.
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