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Who We Are & What We Do

Councillors

Chair of the Council for 2017-18: Councillor Lindsey Astle

Vice Chair of the Council for 2017-18: Councillor Paul Hobbs

Elizabeth Marsh

01455 557121

Lindsey Astle

01455 552836

Paul Hobbs

01455 557440

Sephton Green

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James Robertson

01455 552317

Misterton with Walcote Parish Council - What We Do

Parish councils make all kinds of decisions on issues that affect the local community. Probably the most common topics that parish councils get involved with are planning matters (they are statutory consultees), crime prevention, managing open spaces and campaigning for and delivering better services and facilities.

Misterton with Walcote Parish Council meet approximately every 6 weeks at Walcote Memorial Hall. All members of the public and press are welcome to attend.

A parish council is a local authority that makes decisions on behalf of the people in the parish. It is the level of government closest to the community, with the district authority (Harborough District Council) above it in the hierarchy. As it is the authority closest to the people, parish councils are invariably the first place people will go with concerns or ideas. For this reason they are a vital part of any community.

What powers and duties do parish councils have?

Rules for councillors

A councillor has a responsibility to:

• Attend meetings when summoned to do so; the notice to attend a council meeting is, in law, a summons, because they have a duty to attend.

• Consider, in advance of the meeting, the agenda and any related documents which were sent with the summons.

• Take part in meetings and consider all the relevant facts and issues on matters which require a decision including the views of others expressed at the meeting.

• Take part in voting and respect decisions made by the majority of those present and voting.

• Ensure, with other councillors, that the council is properly managed.

• Represent the whole electorate, and not just those who voted for you.

The seven Nolan principles apply to the conduct of people in public life. They are:

Nolan Principles

Selflessness:

you should act in the public interest

Integrity:

you should not put yourself under any obligations to others, allow them improperly to influence you or seek benefit for yourself, family, friends or close associates

Objectivity:

you should act impartially, fairly and on merit

Accountability:

you should be prepared to submit to public scrutiny necessary to ensure accountability

Openness:

you should be open and transparent in your actions and decisions unless there are clear and lawful reasons for non-disclosure

Honesty

you should always be truthful

Leadership:

as a councillor, you should promote, support and exhibit high standards of conduct and be willing to challenge poor behaviour.

Code of Conduct

  • Code of Conduct (PDF, 344 Kb)

    The Code of Conduct of Misterton with Walcote Parish Council was adopted at their meeting held on 06.09.12.