Enstone parish council is a type of local authority with specific statutory functions and powers. Unlike other types of local authorities, there are relatively few statutory functions imposed on it. However, the few statutory functions are important and relate to, for example, the holding of meetings, the management of its finances and the preparation of annual accounts.
Like other types of local authorities, the parish council has obligations in the Freedom of Information Act 2000, the Human Rights Act 1998 and the Equality Act 2010.
How we Operate
Enstone Parish Council provides a handbook as a guide to the duties of councillors. This handbook has been designed to provide some background information for Parish Councillors, elected and co-opted, outlining their role and duties. It is also to provide information that can be given to the public to help them better understand the role of the Council, Councillors and Clerk and responsible Financial Officer. Enstone Parish Council Handbook Oct 23
Most decisions about what the Enstone parish council does are taken at meetings by its councillors. Some of the work is delegated to a smaller group of councillors (i.e. a committee or sub-committee) or the clerk.
Although the public has a right to attend meetings of the council and its committees, it is the councillors who collectively make decisions about council business and what services or facilities it provides. These are driven by the demands of the residents who live in the parish and are identified by listening and consultation.
Parish Council Funding
The local council must carefully budget for the expenditure it will incur in the next financial year.
The main source of income for the parish council derives from the precept levied on the residents. The precept is incorporated into the local resident’s council tax bill. Other income is raised from rent of the sports field.
Areas of Responsibility
Enstone parish has statutory powers in relation to:
- Sports facilities
- Local youth projects
- Litter bins
- Parish Hall
- Community transport schemes
- Crime reduction measures
- Festivals and fetes
- Tourism activities
- Bus shelters
- Neighbourhood Planning
- Street lighting
- Traffic calming measures
Member Code of Conduct
The Council has a duty to promote and maintain high standards of conduct by members and co-opted members of the Council, and formally adopt a code of conduct, in accordance with the Localism Act 2011. . For a pdf copy of the Councillors Code of Conduct 2022 click here