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.   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.   There   is   a   strict   auditing   regime   which   requires   the   Council   to   give certain   assurances   in   an   Annual   Return    and   this   is   submitted   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    and   an explanation of variances from the previous years accounts.