The job of Chaceley Parish Council is to represent the interests of the whole of the community in order to protect and improve the quality of life and the local environment. In order to ensure value for money for ratepayers, the council influences decision makers in the principal authorities that are responsible for delivering services.
*A hard copy of the information given below is available from the clerk.
The Publication Scheme
The Freedom of Information Act 2009 requires all public authorities to whom the FOIA applies to “adopt and maintain” a Publication Scheme, which must be approved by the Information Commissioner. The purpose of the Publication Scheme is to provide a guide to the information the Council publishes or intends to publish in the future. The Publication Scheme must set out the classes of information, the manner in which it publishes each class of information and whether the information is freely available or whether it is subject to a fee.
The information is separated into seven classes as follows:
What we spend and how we spend it
The precept for the parish is agreed by the council at its November meeting. A copy of *the budget can be obtained by writing to the clerk. The council is in receipt of an annual grant from GCC Highways for the mowing of verges and occasionally, as appropriate, from TBC. The accounts are audited each year by an internal auditor appointed by the council and by an external auditor appointed by Government. The accounts are made available for public inspection by appointment with the clerk and notice of this inspection period appears on the village noticeboard.
What our priorities are and how we are doing
Our priorities are to maintain the environment and character of Chaceley for the safety and enjoyment of residents and visitors.
Our main safety concerns are the reduction of the impact of flooding and the maintenance of our highways. To achieve these aims we are in close and constant contact with various departments of Gloucestershire County Council, Tewkesbury Borough Council and with the Lower Severn Internal Drainage Board as well as our MP.
With regard to the environment, in 2008 the council succeeded in having two areas adopted as village greens to allow it to carry out the maintenance of these areas, one of which is designated as a safe play area for village children.
The council carries out biennial surveys of residents to gauge priorities and canvass their requirements.
The Chairman of the parish council makes an annual report to the Annual Parish Meeting charting each year’s progress. The Annual Report is included in the minutes of the March meeting published on this website.
How we make decisions
Decisions are made by majority vote of councillors after discussion at council meetings. The public is invited to attend these meetings and the agenda includes an opportunity for contributions from the public.
Our policies and procedures
The council adheres to the requirements of the Local Government Act of 1972 in the procedure of its business and it has adopted the NALC model of Standing Orders and Chairmanship. The council has adopted the *Model Code of Conduct (2007) a copy of which is available from the clerk and all its councillors are signatory to that code. As a requirement of the code, all councillors have provided a *Register of Interests which is available from the clerk.
Lists and Registers
The parish council does not hold lists and registers (other than the Register of Interests specified above).
Services provided by the Council
The parish council provides a verge maintenance service on behalf of GCC Highways.
Provision of Information
The agendas and minutes of council meetings are routinely published on the village noticeboard and on this website. An asterisk in this text highlights that the information is available in hard copy from the clerk. There will be a charge for staff time of £25 per hour, or part thereof, for supplying information requested.