Although it is not endangered, the Mountain Pansy is quite rare and the hill's unusual volcanic geology and thin soil allows it to flourish on this National Nature Reserve.  The flower comes in a variety of colours, the ones on Roundton being predominantly yellow and blue. Churchstoke Community Council - Cyngor Cymuned Yr Ystog
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Dispensations in Force Public Services Ombudsman for Wales

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Community Councils are the most local level of elected local government in Wales.

It is often argued that they are the most direct form of democracy and the most direct voice of the residents of the areas which it represents.

Select one of the following headings below to find out more...

Introduction to CCC  What is Churchstoke Community Council?
An introduction to the Council.

The work of CCC  What we do.
The work of the Council.

CCC meetings  When and where it meets, and how it is funded.
How does the Council work?.

CCC Members  Who we are.
The Members of the Council.

CCC elections  How to become a Member.
Information on how Councillors are elected.

CCC Minutes  Minutes.
An archive of minutes beginning with most recent meeting.

CCC Complaints  Complaints.
Complaints to the Ombudsman.

CCC Historical  A brief historical note.
1974, before and after.

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More detail about the Community Council.

The Churchstoke Community Council Introduction to Churchstoke Community Council.

Churchstoke Community Council (CCC) is made up of 12 Councillors (also known as Members) and is comprised of 2 'electoral wards'
  • Churchstoke ward with 9 Members (representing Churchstoke, Mellington, Old Churchstoke, and Pentre)
  • Hyssington Ward with 3 Members (representing Hyssington, Snead, and White Grit).
Councillors are elected by and from then community, and work unpaid and voluntarily for the community. The Council has 1 part time Clerk to provide administrative, financial, and secretarial support, and guidance to the Members.

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Local democracy at work The work of Churchstoke Community Council.

The work of the Council falls into 3 broad areas -
  • provision of services to the community directly
  • to act as a voice, and sometimes provide information, on behalf of the community to other organisations, groups and individuals
  • to receive information on behalf of the community from other organisations, groups and individuals
The work of the council is strictly determined by statute and it cannot undertake functions for which does not have powers in law.

Examples of the work done by CCC includes,
  • provision of some recreational facilities and the maintenance/mowing of the recreation field, the open spaces within the village, and a few of the roadside verges
  • applications for registrations of village greens
  • maintenance and management of the Cemetery in Wernddu Lane
  • adoption of the Waste Collection Site and manageing the annual 'Green Grants Awards'
  • consultation by Powys County Council on all planning applications within the community
  • consultation by the Welsh Assembly Government, Powys County Council, and other organisations on a wide range of community matters
  • contactiong Powys County Council Highways Authority on highways matters
  • formal representation on the School Governing Body
  • provision of 4 field allotments at Old Churchstoke
  • provision of 14 garden allotments at Churchstoke
  • provision of occassional items of street furniture such as benches or bins
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Council Meetings How Churchstoke Community Council works.

Meetings.
The Council holds monthly business meetings, usually on the last Wednesday of each month at 7:30 pm. The Annual General Meeting is held in May prior to the May monthly business meeting.

View / Download the dates of meetingsAs a PDF document.

Venue.
Meetings are held in Churchstoke Community Hall (9 per year), and Hyssington Village Hall (3 per year).

Notice, Agenda, and Minutes of meeetings.
These are published on the 7 community notice boards. Minutes of meetings will also be made available on the web-site.

Public Attendance.
Meetings are open to the public to attend and observe - to see council business conducted in public.

Funding and Finance.
The Community Council raises its finance by means of the annual precept. This is collected by Powys County Council as the smallest element of the overall Council Tax, and is then paid over to CCC. Council sets a budget each autumn for the following financial year.

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Your local councillors The Members of Churchstoke Community Council.

The current Members of the Council are,

Ward Councillor Telephone



Churchstoke Ms K D Follett 01588 620814
Churchstoke Mrs C S Fowles 01588 620176
Churchstoke Mr M J Jones 01588 620339
Churchstoke Mr D L Powell (Vice-Chairman) 07768 083199
Churchstoke Ms Z M Powell 01588 620060
Churchstoke Mr A Smith 01588 620713
Churchstoke Mr B L Smith (Chairman) 01588 620309
Churchstoke Mr J Stelmasiak 07970 211445
Churchstoke Mr J N Wakelam 01588 620858
Hyssington vacant  
Hyssington Mrs P C Rigg 01588 650161
Hyssington Mrs C P Smith 01588 620309

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How to elect your local councl Information on how councils are elected.

Councillors are elected to office, usually in May or June, for a period of 4 years. Elections are administered by Powys County Council, and the qualifyng conditions for office can be readily obtained from the Powys County Council elections office at Welshpool.

Anyone on the electoral register can vote in the elections.

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Records of council meetings Archive of Council minutes beginning with most recent meeting.

Council minutes can be viewed (and then printed) by selecting the document dates below.

Year 2014   27th October
  30th September 27th August
  30th July 30th July Green Grants Cttee
  25th June 28th May
  28th May Annual Meeting 29th April
  25th March 25th February
  28th January 6th January Planning Cttee

Year 2013 17th December 26th November
  29th October 24th September
  28th August 31st July
  26th June 26th June Green Grants Cttee
  28th May 28th May Annual Meeting
  13th May Planning Cttee 29th April
  25th March 25th February
  28th January 9th January Planning Cttee

Year 2012   18th December
  27th November 30th October
  15th October Planning Cttee 25th September
  28th August 14th August extraordinary
  31st July 16th July Planning Cttee
  26th June 26th June Green Grants Cttee
  30th May 16th May Annual Meeting
  25th April 28th March
  28th February 25th January

Year 2011 21st December 30th November
  8th November Planning Cttee 26th October
  11th October Planning Cttee 28th September
  19th September Planning Cttee 31st August
  12th August Planning Cttee 27th July
  15th July Green Grants Cttee 29th June
  25th May 25th May Annual Meeting
  27th April 30th March
  23rd February 26th January

Year 2010   22nd December
  24th November 27th October
  29th September 25th August
  28th July 30th June
  26th May 26th May Annual Meeting
  28th April 24th March
  24th February 27th January

Year 2009   23rd December
  25th November 28th October
  30th September 26th August
  29th July 24th June
  27th May 27th May Annual Meeting
  29th April 25th March
  25th February 28th January

Year 2008 17th December 26th November
  29th October 24th September
  27th August 23rd July
  4th July 25th June
  28th May 14th May Annual Meeting
  23rd April 26th March
  27th February 23rd January

Year 2007   19th December
  28th November 24th October
  26th September 29th August
  25th July 27th June
  23rd May 23rd May Annual Meeting
  25th April 29th March
  21st February 24th January

Year 2006   20th December
  22nd November 25th October
  27th September 23rd August
  26th July 28th June
  24th May 24th May Annual Meeting
  26th April 29th March
  22nd February 25th January

Year 2005   21st December
  23rd November 26th October
  28th September 24th August
  22nd July 22nd June
  25th May 25th May Annual Meeting
  27th April 23rd March
  23rd February 26th January

Year 2004 22nd December 1st December special planning
  24th November 27th October
  22nd September 25th August
  28th July 23rd June
  23rd June Annual Meeting 26th May
  28th April 24th March
  25th February 28th January

Year 2003 16th December 25th November
  28th October 23rd September
  26th August 22nd July
  24th June 27th May
  27th May Annual Meeting 22nd April
  16th April special planning 25th March
  25th February 28th January

Year 2002   17th December
  26th November 22nd October
  24th September 27th August
  23rd July 25th June
  28th May 28th May Annual Meeting
  23rd April 26th March
  19th February 22nd January

Year 2001   18th December
  27th November 23rd October
  25th September 28th August
  24th July 26th June
  22nd May 22nd May Annual Meeting
  24th April 27th March
  20th February 23rd January

Year 2000   18th December
  20th November 23rd October
  25th September 21st August
  24th July 26th June
  22nd May 22nd May Annual Meeting
  25th April 27th March
  21st February 24th January

Year 1999   20th December
  22nd November 25th October
  20th September 23rd August
  26th July 21st June
  21st June Annual Meeting 24th May
  26th April 22nd March
  22nd February 25th January

Year 1998   21st December
  23rd November 26th October
  21st September 24th August
  27th July 22nd June
  26th May 26th May Annual Meeting
  20th April 23rd March
  23rd February 26th January

Year 1997   22nd December
  24th November 27th October
  22nd September 26th August
  21st July 23rd June
  27th May 27th May Annual Meeting
  21st April 24th March
  24th February 27th January

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How to complain to the Ombudsman Complaints.

The Public Services Ombudsman for Wales is apppointed by HM The Queen to look into complants about public services in Wales. The Ombudsman also investigates complaints that members of local government bodies have behaved wrongly.

The Ombudsman can consider complaints about the behaviour of members of...
  • county and county borough councils
  • community and town councils
  • fire authorities and national park authourities
  • police and crime panels.
All these authortities have a code of conduct which sets out in detail how members must follow recognised principles of behaviour in public life.

There are some items that the Ombudsman will not investigate, and the Ombudsman will usually expect you to have complained to the public body first and have given it a chance to respond.

You can contact the Ombudsman by telephone on 0300 790 0203, or On-line where you can download two useful booklets to help you...
  1. Want to complain about a public body?
  2. How to complain that a local authority member has broken the code of conduct
...and where you can also file your complaints on-line.
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The 1974 Local Government Act A brief historical note.

In Wales, this tier of local government is known as 'Community Council'. Its equivalent in England is the Parish Council where powers are broadly similar but by no means identical.

As statutory bodies, these councils have only the powers specifically conferred on them by law, and cannot act beyond these powers (known as acting ultra vires).

Prior to 1974, Churchstoke Community Council was known as Churchstoke Parish Council, taking the present name during local government re-organisation under the Local Government Act 1972. It formally began work in its present form on 1st April 1974.

The instituton of community councils is a long survivor in local government. It was the only form of council not abolished by the Local Government Act 1972, and has been in continuous existance for over 100 years.

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