WYKEHAM PARISH COUNCIL
Approved Minutes of the Parish Council Meeting held at 6.00pm on Tuesday 12 June 2012 in the Estate Office, Wykeham.
Cllrs. Lady Downe (Chairman), J P Terry (Vice Chairman), R A H Sword, G F Barnett and Mr C H Holmes (Clerk).
1 Apologies for absence
Cllr. Day sent apologies.
2 Declaration of interests
None were declared.
3 A New Code of Conduct for Councillors
The Clerk advised that Parish Councillors need to adopt a new Code of Conduct by 01 July 2012 to comply with the requirements of the Localism Act 2011. Members had been provided with a copy of the Code prepared by North Yorkshire County Council and Scarborough Borough Council and also a copy of an alternative Code specifically designed for Parish Councils by the National Association of Local Councils (NALC).
After discussion, it was AGREED to adopt the NALC model subject to:
- The addition of further Member obligations (see numbers 1, 3, 5, 7, 10 and 11 in the adopted Code);
- The inclusion of any refinements to the detailed text that may be suggested by the NALC (which do not affect any of the principles);
- The addition, when the relevant Regulations are published, of detailed appendices listing Disclosable Pecuniary Interests and Other Disclosable Interests;
- Amendments to the text to make clear the respective responsibilities of Parish Councillors and the Scarborough Borough Council’s Monitoring Officer.
ACTION – THE CLERK TO FINALISE THE NEW CODE OF CONDUCT IN LINE WITH THE ABOVE REQUIREMENTS.
4 Register of Members’ Interests
The Clerk advised that Members are required to complete their Register of Interests forms within 28 days of adopting the Code of Conduct i.e. by 10 July 2012.
ACTION – ALL MEMBERS OF THE PARISH COUNCIL TO COMPLETE THEIR REGISTER OF INTERESTS FORMS BY 10 JULY 2012.
5 Public Question Time
No members of the public were present.
6 Date and time of next Meeting
Monday 16 July 2012 at 7.00pm in the St John Office at Wykeham Business Centre.
Chairman – Signed by Lady Downe on 16 July 2012.