IMPORTANT – CORONAVIRUS IMPACT ON PARISH COUNCIL MEETINGSThe Government has published ‘The Local Authorities and Police and Crime Panels (Coronavirus) (Flexibility of Local Authority and Police and Crime Panel Meetings) (England and Wales) Regulations 2020’
The regulations in part modify the Local Government Act 1972, Local Government Act 2000 and Public Bodies (Admission to Meetings) Act 1960(1) to effectively allow Parish Councils (among others) to hold meetings ‘remotely’.
The Parish Council has the appropriate Video Conferencing facilities in hand in anticipation of the change and the meeting scheduled for the 28th April 2020 will be conducted remotely. Details of how residents can ‘attend’ the meeting are available five days before the meeting by accessing the appropriate Meeting details in the Events section of this website. You can preview the protocols for attending the meeting by clicking here.
Parish (or Town) Councils also known as Local Councils are the third tier of Local Government. The other tiers are (in our case) the Borough (or District) Council and the County Council collectively known as Principal Authorities. In some areas the Principal Authority is a Unitary Council which embodies both the Borough or District and the County Council into a single authority.
In our case the principal authorities are:
Both have different responsibilities to understand what those are you are advised to visit their respective web sites by selecting the links above.
The Parish Council have powers, duties and powers delegated to them by Parliament, a brief summary is available here.
In many cases, however the Parish Council will need to work with Principal Authorities to resolve some issues.