Parish councillors take on various roles and responsibilities
The Parish Council office is at 6a Back Street (rented from the Ashwell Housing Association).
The office is usually open from 8.30 to 1.30 Monday to Thursday (01462) 743706.
Jane Porter is the Clerk firstname.lastname@example.org
The Parish Council welcomes volunteer input - please get in touch.
There are a number of active working groups that include parishioner volunteers as well as parish councillors. They meet informally to undertake various projects of benefit to the village - see minutes for details and/or come to a Council meeting.
If you would like to start a new group please get in touch.
email@example.com or speak to any parish councillor.
Policies and Procedures
Following the election of the new Parish Council in May 2023 these have been reviewed; the latest versions are available using the links below.
The scheduled review date for all policies and procedures is following the election of a new council or when agreed to be necessary, or prompted by external bodies. For all policies and procedures the option exists to refer matters to external parties for advice and/or determination where this is appropriate. The default being HAPTC (Hertfordshire Association of Parish & Town Councils) and/or the body that created the model document. In the case of the Code of Conduct this would be the Monitoring Officer at NHC (North Herts Council).
The Parish Council operates according to adopted Standing Orders and Financial Regulations that are based on model documents from NALC (National Association of Local Councils) .
The Parish Council is required to adopt a Code of Conduct that applies to all parish councillors. At the September 2023 Council meeting (minute 63.4.7) they agreed that they would adopt a new version consistent with that used by NHC and based on the LGA (Local Government Association) model. The final version was formally adopted at the October 2023 Council meeting -see link below.
Every parish councillor must submit their Register of Interests to the NHC Monitoring Officer
These can be seen on the NHC website -see link below
Under certain circumstances parish councillors who have declared an interest may apply for a dispensation
Meetings of the Parish Council are held in public and all are welcome to attend. There is an agenda item when the public can speak to raise issues and ask questions shortly after the start of the meeting.
The Parish Council is committed to providing a quality service for the benefit of the people who live or work in its area or are visitors to the locality. If you are dissatisfied with the standard of service you have received, or are unhappy about an action or lack of action, and wish to make a formal complaint there is a procedure for this based on the SLCC model (Society of Local Council Clerks).
The Complaints Procedure sets out how you may complain to the Parish Council and how we shall try to resolve your complaint.
For Data Protection and Freedom of Information:-
Other policies include the following -please ask for any further information you would like.