Joy Howell-Jones - Chairman
Jennie Edwards - Parish Clerk
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Parish Council Code of Conduct
All Parish Councils in the UK have to follow guideline produced by the Government. Your Parish Council has recently reviewed the documents and will update ours shortly and make them available to view on-line.
Currently, Poltimore Parish Council has 1 vacancy for a Councillor.
Normally 4 hours a month is required for the preparation and attendance at the monthly meeting, reading various emails and printed material circulated by the Parish Clerk. All Councillors are encouraged to join a sub-committee when necessary. As with most things, the more time you put in, the more you and your community will get out of it.
Being a Councillor should not cost you anything but your time. If your duties take you out of your local council's area, then usually travel expenses are paid - these allowances are determined by your Council and will be within a maximum laid down by Government. This will include one or two evenings on a training course that a new councillor will be required to undertake - this is important so that you know your responsibilities and Parish Council powers.
You may put yourself to be a Parish Councillor if you are:
1 A British subject or an Irish citizen
2 At least 18 years of age, and
3 Either on the list of electors for that Parish or Town or have during the whole of the preceding 12 months;
(i) occupied land as owner or tenant in the Parish, or
(ii) have had a principal place of work in the Parish, or
(iii) resided in the Parish or within 3 miles of the Parish boundary.
You must consider if your paid occupation or voluntary work might put yourself in a position of having a conflict of interest with the work of a Parish Councillor. One example of a conflict of interest would be that you operate as a contractor who wishes to bid for Parish Council work. Generally this can be overcome by the councillor concerned declaring a potential conflict of interest at the start of the meeting, leaving the meeting during relevant discussions and any voting/decisions - the Parish Clerk will always advise on this matter at the start of every meeting.
If you are interested in becoming a Poltimore Parish Councillor, you should join us for some of our monthly meetings to get a better idea of our work. You can also contact one of the current Councillors or the Parish Clerk to obtain more information. Once you have made up your mind, you should write a letter, or email, to the Parish Clerk stating that you wish to be considered and why. Your application will be raised at the next Parish Council meeting and the Councillors present will vote on your acceptance (it therefore follows that attending some monthly meetings and getting to know the Councillors and for them to get to know you, will be of great help in your application).
A Parish or Town Council is the first level of Local Government, the second level is a District Council (n our case East Devon District Council) and the third the County Council (Devon County Council). The exceptions are Unitary Authorities (we have two in Devon, Plymouth and Torbay) who operate, with some differences,as a County Council.