Could you be a Parish Councillor?
Are you concerned about issues affecting your local area?
Would you like to have a say about how Parish Council funds are spent in your Community?
Do you have time or expertise which could benefit your Community?
Do you want to make a difference to where you live?
Do you want to represent the views of local people?
Are you keen to add valuable experience to your CV?
If you answered yes to any of the above questions, why not consider
becoming a Parish Councillor?
If you are interested, or would like more information please speak with us or contact the Parish Clerk, Parish.Clerk@Tivetshall.org.uk
Who can become a parish councillor?
To qualify to become a Parish Councillor a person must
*be a British subject over 18 years old
*be listed on the current electoral role or live in Tivetshall St Mary or St Margaret, or within 3 miles of their boundaries, or occupy as owner/tenant any land/premises therein or have a principal place of work within one of those parishes
*must not be disqualified from holding office as a councillor.
Procedure: Working together: Councillors and the Clerk
The status of the Parish Council
1. In effect, the Parish Council is a Statutory body. This means that the work of the Parish Council is controlled by what parliamentary legislation says it may, and may not do.
2. The Parish Council is also a corporate body and all councillors must publicly observe and honour majority decisions made by the Parish Council. Councillors do not have individual powers.
3. The Standard for Councillors is that they act at all times in an ethical manner in accordance with the Seven Nolan Principles* , and particularly that they are perceived by the community to act in the best interests of the community, rather than for any personal objective.
4. In order to limit the possibilities of complaints or legal action against individual councillors and/or the Parish Council, it is always necessary to proceed with caution since action by third parties could result in a disruption to the Parish Council’s work, stress and financial implications.
5. Councillors main function is to attend formal, Parish Council meetings and therein to engage in constructive debate, suggest ideas, articulate the needs and views of the community, comment on proposals, help to make decisions and vote, if required.
6. The Parish Council may decide on a certain course of action and this may be delegated to the Clerk, or to a group, or individual councillor. An example could be a Councillor delegated to produce a map showing speed signage in the Parish. If that Councillor wanted any letters sending, or telephone calls making, then the Clerk should be asked to do this. In this way, the Clerk remains aware of the entirety of the Parish Council’s work.
*The Seven Nolan Principles are:
Selflessness – you should act in the public interest
Integrity – you should not put yourself under any obligations to others, allow them improperly to influence you or seek benefit for yourself, family, friends or close associates
Objectivity – you should act impartially, fairly and on merit
Accountability – you should be prepared to submit to public scrutiny necessary to ensure accountability Openness – you should be open and transparent in your actions and decisions unless there are clear and lawful reasons for non-disclosure
Honesty – you should always be truthful
Leadership – as a councillor, you should promote, support and exhibit high standards of conduct and be willing to challenge poor behaviour.
7. The Clerk is the “proper officer” of the Parish Council. Our present Clerk is very experienced and her advice on procedures should be sought and followed. If necessary, the Clerk can take advice from NALC. (The Norfolk Association of Local Councils). This offers the Parish Council and individual councillors the best form of protection from complaints or legal action.
8. The Clerk is responsible for the day to day management of the Parish Council’s business which means she sends all letters, emails, makes phone calls and makes verbal approaches to outside bodies, in her role as Clerk. Individual Councillors should, if they are aware of a problem, email the Clerk and outline the problem which she will then either deal with or put on the agenda for the next Parish Council meeting. A rare exception might be a Planning Issue where a Councillor has more detailed, technical knowledge but then he/she should only act with the Clerk’s knowledge and agreement, and anything in writing should always bear the Clerk’s name.
Procedure agreed at full Parish Council meeting on 2 October 2019
What we as councillors do
Your Parish Council has enhanced where you live by providing a bus shelter, dog waste bins and a Speed Awareness Machine.
Your Parish Council is responsible for carrying out weekly inspections of the play equipment and ensuring it is maintained.
Your Parish Council commissioned a commemorative plaque to mark the 100th anniversary of the ending of WW1.
Pictured are three of our Parish Councillors: Rob Alleguen-Porter (Chair), Alyson Read and John Powell.
Your Parish Council have organised ‘Big Litter Picks’ to help keep our village tidy.
Other responsibilities but not all - Reporting Highway issues, Reviews on Planning Applications, Neighbourhood Plans,