Your parish council is here to represent the needs and wishes of the local community, with responsibilities for facilitating and delivering certain services to the community it serves. These include, but are not limited to, provision and maintenance of community transport schemes, traffic calming measures, leisure facilities, street lighting and cleaning, tackling social nuisances such as fly-tipping and provision of allotments and opens spaces.
The council are also called upon as statutory consultees for local planning applications and can be represented at public inquiries.
New laws governing the conduct of elected members in local government in England came into effect on 1st July 2012: with local (parish and town) councils required to have their own local codes of conduct. From 1 July 2012, members of parish councils have new mandatory obligations in the Localism Act 2011 regarding the disclosure of pecuniary interests. For further information, please refer to the National Association of Local Councils (NALC) website.
Details of your local and regional councillors can be found under the Councillors page.
Tunstead & Sco-Ruston Parish Council meets on the third Tuesday in January, March, May (the Annual Parish Council meeting), July, September and November at 7:30pm, with the Annual Parish Meeting taking place on the third Tuesday in April. Any member of the public can raise a matter with the Council, although there are certain formalities which must be adhered to should members of the public wish to speak during meetings. Members of the public are always welcome to observe Council Meetings. All meetings are held in the portacabin on the recreation ground.
Public Participation takes place during the first half-hour of the meeting; the duration of the Public Participation may be extended at the discretion of the Councillors. Should you wish to attend a meeting of the council to raise any matter to be included on the agenda, you will need to inform the Parish Clerk or Chairman at least eight days before the meeting. Although this might seem a long time in advance the council is required to publish its agenda at least three clear days (this does not include the day of publication, the day of the meeting and Sundays) before each meeting.
Meeting Agendas are posted on the Parish Council Notice Boards in Market Street and Anchor Street 5 working days prior to the meeting and also on this website. Minutes of Parish Council meetings are also posted on the Notice Board and this website for public viewing.
Contacting the Council
Any inquiries concerning Parish Council matters should be referred to the Clerk to the Parish Council, or email email@example.com. – Please note until a new parish clerk is appointed contact with the Parish Council can be made through the chairman Chris Oakes on 07909835514 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.