Parish Council meetings
Minutes of Parish Council meetings are available to read between one to two weeks after a council meeting. They are published in draft form and approved at the next council meeting. Agendas are published the Wednesday before a Monday meeting. A copy is also displayed on the Dereham Road noticeboard, opposite the Post Office.
Anyone is welcome to attend the meetings but whilst members of the public cannot participate a short period of time is given for members of the public to air their views on matters directly related to the Parish Council.
Council meeting dates
Meetings are held at the Memorial Hall at 7 pm, usually on the first Monday of the month. The dates for late 2019 into 2020 are:
2 December 2019
6 January 2020
30 March (an early April meeting)
Wednesday 22 April*
Tuesday 5 May**
*Annual Parish Meeting – where annual reports are heard and speakers are invited, generally a less formal meeting with refreshments served
**Annual Meeting of the Parish Council – when the Council elects a chairperson for the coming year
*** To be confirmed, sometimes an August meeting is not necessary
The Role of the Clerk
The Clerk is the ‘Proper Officer’ of the Council who is responsible for the smooth running of the Council’s business. Luisa is the first point of contact for the Council and all correspondence comes to her as the Clerk. Responsibility for implementing the decisions of the Council rests with the Clerk along with giving professional guidance where necessary whilst remaining neutral and discrete. The Clerk is also responsible for financial management.
Luisa prepares, circulates and displays agendas in public places. She signs notices and summonses with a list of business to be transacted but does not have the power to fix the meetings of the Council. The Clerk is required to attend meetings, take minutes, and carry out or manage the actions taken at meetings.