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The Role of Councillors
Parish Councillors express the views and concerns of residents of the village to the parish council which may then be passed on to Wiltshire Council for further action. They also report back to residents on issues affecting the parish. The Parish Council also awards grants to support local initiatives and organisations. This requires a commitment by those who stand as Councillors to participate fully in village life as well as attending these meetings.
Individual Councillors do not have powers to make decisions on behalf of the parish council but attend meetings and correspond with the Clerk on various matters. The parish council might have committees and sub-committees to deal with issues such as planning applications. A short list of useful links is provided at the foot of this page where full information governing Councillor’s actions can be found.
The regular council meetings are held in the Methodist Hall on the first Wednesday in every month and are open to everyone in the community to attend.
7:15pm Meetings Start to discuss Planning Applications – if any received during the month
Invited speakers may make a presentation at this time.
7:30pm Informal Session of Parish Council begins – members of the public may speak.
7:45pm Formal Session of Parish Council begins – see agenda for detail of subjects covered.
9:30pm Scheduled end to formal session.
Start of second informal session – where members of the public may speak.
The agenda for these meetings is published here to give at least three days clear notice.
The less formal side of the role is to listen and talk to residents in the village and present their views at meetings.
Requirements of the Parish Council
Guidance is provided by the Wiltshire Association of Local Councils and Wiltshire Council on the appropriate conduct of a Councillor. Councillors must abide by the Code of Conduct and Standing Orders – both of which are reviewed every 24 months (these were both adopted in 2013).
There is a requirement to complete a register of interests to ensure compliance with the code of conduct; it is crucial as Councillors may be at risk of being affected by personal or prejudicial interests. It can be difficult to maintain an appropriate distance from local matters.
There are transparency requirements of the Parish Council. This includes publishing all minutes of meetings and having an annual audit. Minutes of all Parish Council meetings are made public – on the notice board and here on the Council Meetings page.
As of October 2015, the numerous policy documents and procedures that apply to the Parish Council are under review and will be published here as soon at that task is completed. That will include updated Code of Conduct and Standing Orders, which are already online, some new policies such as on use of email and financial procedures plus other procedures like the process for approving minutes that are not currently online. That will also require a guide on what they are all about!
Your Parish Council is there to support you – the community of Shrewton.
Contact the Parish Council
The Parish Council acts for the residents of Shrewton in several ways – and so there are different reasons to contact your council.
- Contact the Officers of the Council – Many matters affecting the local community can first be handled by your parish council. These may be planning applications, traffic issues and parking, rights of way, signs and many more.
- Applications for grants – Shrewton Parish Council has a limited amount of funding available for local projects.
Please use this link to submit your question.
Once received, this will be reviewed at the next council meeting. Should a reply be required you will be contacted directly using the contact information entered.
Becoming a Councillor
Shrewton Parish Council depends on having good councillors to be effective in its work with our local community. You can check using this link to check whether you qualify (broadly that you live or work in the village) or indeed do not qualify. If you qualify and would like to apply, please use this link to find out more about becoming a councillor.
There is a wealth of information available on the internet. Below are a few useful links.