Your Local Council must….
A local council has surprisingly few duties, but a number of powers. The only things it must do are:
comply with its obligations under the Freedom of Information Act 2000,
the Data Protection Act 1998
and the Equality Act 2010
Comply with employment law
Consider the impact of their decisions on reducing crime and disorder in their area
Have regard to the protection of biodiversity in carrying out their functions
Consider the provision of allotments if there is demand for them from local residents and it is reasonable to do so
Decide whether to adopt a churchyard when it is closed, if asked to do so by the Parochial Church Council.
It must also ensure that all the rules for the administration of the council are followed.
The council must:
Appoint a chairman of the council
Appoint officers as appropriate for carrying out its functions; in a smaller council this is the clerk
Appoint a responsible financial officer (RFO) to manage the council’s financial affairs
Appoint an independent and competent internal auditor
Adopt a Code of Conduct (see below)
Hold a minimum number of four meetings per year, one of which must be the Annual Meeting of the Council, held in May.
A council’s powers are listed here [add link] but which ones it takes on depend on the services provided by other bodies and the size and resources of the parish.
These are plots of no more than 220 sq yards cultivated to produce vegetables or fruit for personal
consumption. A local council has to formally consider a request by six or more electors under the
Allotments Act. In Bainton & Ashton these are provided to the east of the parish on the south side
of Helpston Road and are managed by an Allotments Association on behalf of the council. Most are
in use as full or half-plots and, subject to demand, they are available to people from within and
outside the parish at a very reasonable annual rent.