Owing the to current Covid-19 outbreak the Parish Council has agreed some changes to the way it does business. This is set out in the Business Continuity Plan in order that it can continue to fulfil certain functions such as responding to planning consultations. All decisions made as a result of the Emergency Scheme of Delegation can be seen here Delegated decisions taken to 2nd June 2020. Changes to legislation now allow for virtual meetings to be held and the Parish Council will be holding their first virtual meeting using Zoom on 9th June.
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Responsibilities & Organisation
The Parish Council exists to represents the interests of the whole of the Zennor community. The Council is non-party political and is made up of Parish Councillors who are local residents from within the Parish boundaries.
Meetings are held at Zennor Village Hall on the second Tuesday of every month (except August when no meeting is held) starting at 7.30pm. Anyone is very welcome to attend and there is a public participation section near the beginning of every meeting.
The Role of our Councillors
A Parish Councillor has a varied role depending on his / her particular strengths and interests. All Parish Councillors attend the monthly meetings and at these meetings they will discuss all the items on the agenda with the aim of forming a resolution, which will be recorded in the minutes of the meeting. When appropriate a proposal may be made by a Councillor, seconded by another and then voted upon. The resolution will be formed according to the outcome of the vote. Some decisions will be unanimous and others will be by majority. Councillors may not always agree with the resolution but if the decision is made by majority then they must stand by the decision. Councillors must make themselves aware of all that goes on in the Parish in terms of planning matters, highway matters, environmental matters and local matters. A lot of knowledge is required if Councillors are able to make effective decisions that may have an impact on the lives of everyone in the community. Training is available to all new Councillors.
The Role of the Parish Council
The Parish Council exists to represent its Parishioners and to preserve the positive elements of our community and environment whilst seeking to prevent those things that have a negative impact on it. The Parish Council comprises seven Councillors (all unpaid volunteers) and the Clerk.
The Role of the Parish Clerk
The Parish Council employs a Parish Clerk and he / she is the Proper Officer and Responsible Financial Officer (RFO) of the Council. As such the Clerk is under a statutory duty to carry out all the functions, and in particular to serve or issue all the notifications required by law of a local authority’s Proper Officer. The Clerk is responsible for ensuring that the instructions of the Council in connection with its function as a Local Authority are carried out. The Clerk advises the Council on, and assists in the formation of, overall policies to be followed in respect of the Authority’s activities, and in particular to produce all the information required for making effective decisions. The Clerk is accountable to the Council for the effective management of all its resources and will report to it as and when required, and is responsible for all financial records of the Council and the administration of its finances.
Parish Council Members
If you wish to contact any of the Councillors please do so either by emailing them or via the Clerk.
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Governance & Procedures
Parish Councils were established as the first tier of local government in 1894 to take over local oversight of civic duties in rural towns and villages. Zennor Parish Council discharges its duties and powers within the law and according to its governance policies. These policies are reviewed annually. The rules governing the behaviour of Parish Councillors are set out in the Code of Conduct. Parish Councillors work to rules on how business is conducted, as set out in the Standing Orders and Financial Regulations adopted by Zennor Parish Council.
Further details on the governance and procedures of Parish Councils can be found in the Local Government Act 1972, the Localism Act 2011 (overview) and the Transparency Code for Smaller Authorities. A guide for good governance is also provided in the Governance Toolkit for Parish & Town Councils, produced in partnership between the National Association of Local Councils, the Society of Local Council Clerks, Standards for England and the Association of Council Secretaries and Solicitors and is endorsed by the Local Government Association (2009). Zennor Parish Council is a member of the Cornwall Association of Local Councils and the National Association of Local Councils which provide support and training for the Parish Councillors and the Parish Clerk.