The Council

Stowe-by-Chartley Parish Council		V 1 13.07.31
The   Parish   Council   is   the   teir   of   government   closest   to   the   people.   Stowe   Parish   Council   was   created   by   the Local   Government Act   1894.   In   2000   the   Parish   Council   split   and   Stowe   by   Chartley   Parish   Council   and   Hixon Parish Council came into being. Originally   with   5   parish   councillors    the   council   now   has   7.   Councillors   stand   for   election   every   4   years.   Any vacancies   are   filled   by   cooption.   Councillors   are   not   paid   and   must   abide   by   a   Code   of   Conduct.    The   Council is administered by its ‘proper officer’ the clerk who is a paid employee of the Council. The   Council   usually   holds   its    meetings    on   the   first   Tuesday   of   the   month   in   Stowe   by   Chartley   Village   Hall. The   agenda   for   each   meeting   is   displayed   on   this   site   and   on   Parish   notice   boards   on   the   Wednesday   before the   meeting.   The   minutes   of   meetings   are   also   displayed   on   this   web   site.   There   is   an   annual   meeting   in   May when   the   Chairman   of   the   Council   is   elected   and   the   Chairman   calls   a   meeting   of   residents   of   the   Parish   at least once a year, usually in May. The   rules   for   Council   meetings   are   laid   out   in   Standing   Orders    The   public   can   attend   Council   meetings   but can   only   speak   if   invited   to   by   the   Chairman   or   during   the   part   set   aside   for   public   participation   which   is   about an hour into the meeting. Although   the   powers   of   parish   councils   have   been   expanded   in   recent   years   they   can   only   do   something   if there   is   legislation   to   allow   them   to   do   so.   The   Council   is   subject   to   the   Transparency   Code   for   Smaller Authorities.   The   Council   gives   certain   assurances   in   an   Annual   Return    and   this   is   sent   to   an   external   auditor along   with   an   independant   internal   auditor’s   report.   The   internal   auditor   looks   at   the   Council’s    Financial Regulations   and policies in producing the report. The   Council   also   has   to   declare   the   value   of   its   assets.    These   assets   include   the   play   area   and   its   equipment as well as street furniture and office equipment. The   Council   also   provides   its   year   end   accounts    together   with   a   bank   reconcilliation ,   how   it   has   performed against its budget and an explanation of  variances   from the previous years accounts. Note that 2017/18 figures and reports will be available from mid June 2018. If you have a complaint about the Council it would be helpful if you would follow the Complaints Procedure.