More detail about the 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.
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
- 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
How Churchstoke Community Council works.
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 meetings
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.
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
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.
The Members of Churchstoke Community Council.
The current Members of the Council are,
Registers of Declarations of Members' Interests.
In accordance with Local Government (Democracy) (Wales) Act 2013 Section 58 the Council
must publish electronically the Declarations of Interests made by Councillors.
Declarations of Interests for a municipal year can be viewed (and then printed) by selecting the document dates below.
Records of Payments to Members of the Council.
The type and levels of payments that authorities may or must make available to their members and co-opted members
is set each year by the The Independent Remuneration Panel for Wales.
Each year the Panel must produce an Annual Report, which sets out the payments and the publicity requiurements.
In accordance with Local Government (Wales) Measure 2011 Section 151 the Council
must make arrangements for publication within the council area of the payments made to Members and co-opted Members.
This information must be published and provided to the Panel no later than 30th September
following the end of the year to which the payments relate.
Payments for a financial year can be viewed (and then printed) by selecting the document dates below.
Annual Returns of Financial Statements of Accounts, Governance and Audit.
Each year the council is required to submit its Financial Accounts and Statement of Governance
via an Annual Retrun to the internal and then external auditor. The audited annual return must
be published by 30th September after the financial year in question.
The Annual Return and Audit for a financial year can be viewed (and then printed) by selecting the documents below.
Archive of Council minutes beginning with most recent meeting.
Council minutes can be viewed (and then printed) by selecting the document dates below.
Minutes marked DR are draft minutes waiting to be approved by the next Council or Committee meeting.
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,
where you can download two useful booklets to help you...
- Want to complain about a public body?
- How to complain that a local authority member has
broken the code of conduct
...and where you can also file your complaints on-line.
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.