Parish Council

The Parish Council meets in the village hall at 7.30pm on the last Monday of alternate months. The workload is surprisingly heavy for such a small community! Councillors welcome contributions from villagers at meetings.

The last parish council elections were held in May 2015 and we have a full compliment of five councillors. The council is funded by the parish precept, which is collected as part of the Council. As well as covering the administration of the village donations are made from the precept towards the upkeep of the churchyard and the village hall.

Meeting Dates 2017

22 May
25 September
27 November

2018

29 January
26 March
21 May


Parish Councillors

Gerald Kinahan
Lawn Farm
Lawn Bar Road

Chaceley
GL19 4LX

01452 780315

Tony Stephenson
Church Cottage
Chaceley
GL19 4EH

01452 780617

Barbara Mullane
Grain House Cottage
Chaceley
GL19 4EH

01452 780839

Nicholas Mullane
Grain House Cottage
Chaceley
GL19 4EH

01452 780839 

Robin Taylor
New Hall Farm
Chaceley

01452 780751

Flood Warden

Robin Taylor
01452 780751

Correspondence

Grain House Cottage
Chaceley
GL19 4EH

T/F 01452 780839

chaceleyparishcouncil@gmail.com



TRANSPARENCY CODE FOR SMALLER AUTHORITIES

The code has been isssued to meet the Government's desire to place more power into citizens' hands to increase democratic accountability.  Transparency gives local people the tools and information they need to hold public bodies to account.

The Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014 sets out a new audit framework for public authorities.  Under the new framework smaller authorities with an annual turnover not exceeding £25 000 will be exempt from routine external audit from 2017 but are subject to new transparency requirements laid out in the Code.  The followihng information is provided in compliance of the Code.

Parish Councillors

Chairman            Cllr Tony Stephenson
Vice Chairman     Cllr Gerald Kinahan 
Secretary            Cllr Barbara Mullane
                         Cllr Nicholas Mullane
                         Cllr Robin Taylor

Register of Members' Interests

                                Available from Democratic Services, Tewkesbury Borough Council

Agenda and Minutes of the Next Meeting

                                
minutes.pdf

Accounts for the year ended March 2017

                                notice of audit.pdf

                                accounts.pdf
                               
                                Internal Audit

                                Governance Statement

Current year items of expenditure over £100

                                  Current Expenditure
                                                 

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FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2009

Responsibilities
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:

Who we are and what we do  
Chaceley has 5 elected councillors who serve a term of 4 years.  At the last election,          
in 2011, the councillors currently serving were elected unopposed.  Their contact details can
be found above. 

The council has an secretary who acts as its administrator and a responsible financial officer (Cllr Tony Stephenson).  All correspondence and requests for information should be directed to the secretary.

The council meets at 7.30pm in the Village Hall on the last Monday of alternate months (see diary above) and its meetings are open to local electors.  The Annual Parish Meeting is held in March followed by a parish council meeting and the Annual General Meeting of the council precedes its May meeting.  Minutes of council meetings are published on this website (see above).

The parish council is in the administrative areas of Tewkesbury Borough Council and Gloucestershire County Council and the council is a signatory to the GCC Charter.  Contact details of Chaceley’s borough and county councillor can be found above.  Chaceley is in the Forest of Dean constituency and, again, contact details of the MP can be found above.
           
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. The council has authorised the chairman to delegate the response to minor planning applications to the clerk.
           
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.