The Parish Council is the representative body for the parish of Heytesbury,
Imber and Knook incorporating Tytherington and reports to Wiltshire County Council on a range of issues including
(but not limited to) Planning, Highways, Rights of Way, Street Lighting, Play
Areas. The Parish Council consists of 11 plus a Clerk and
meet monthly to discuss topics relating to the Parish.
The meetings are held
in Heytesbury School usually on the last Tuesday of each month
starting at 19:15 hrs. There is no meeting in December and
January's meeting is usually held in the middle of the
month. Members of the public are welcome to attend.
The Clerk holds a certain amount of minutes
for the Parish Council meetings, these can be made available for inspection,
by writing to the Clerk. The rest of the minutes for the Parish Council are
held by Wiltshire & Swindon
Parish Councils on Planning Applications :
process is exactly the same as that of an individual wishing to
comment on a planning application.
Parish Councils are statutory consultees and have no powers
to approve or reject planning applications, they can only comment or
not on applications
parish council is a statutory consultee, that is they must be
notified of all planning applications within the parish.
This is so that they may comment on the application
Parish Council is not a planning authority and has no special
powers. They may comment
or not they cannot approve or reject planning applications
: A Councillor's own house is in the same street as planning
application. He declares
an interest but refuses the Chairman's request that he sit with the
public Is this OK
: No - the Councillor clearly has a personal and prejudicial
interest and should have left the room for the item.
Wiltshire Council's guidelines
on planning applications
HEYTESBURY, IMBER & KNOOK
Standing Orders 2016/2017 - Public Participation :1c and 1d
Meetings shall be open
to the public unless their presence is prejudicial to the public
interest by reason of the confidential nature of the business to be
transacted or for other special reasons. The public’s exclusion from
part or all of a meeting shall be by a resolution which shall give
reasons for the public’s exclusion.
Subject to standing
order 1(c) above, members of the public are permitted to make
representations, answer questions and give evidence in respect of any
item of business included in the agenda: public participation only.
Arnold-Baker on Local Council Administration. Chapter 7.7 [Tenth
Edition] Public Participation - Many local councils set
aside a period when the public can ask questions or even make statements.
This is an excellent practice as long as the period is defined, and it is
clearly understood that the public must not take part at any other time.
Closing meetings to the Public [link to document] Guidance by Wiltshire
Association of Local Councils – Closing Meetings to the Public – January
2015 Guidance1/15 AND Paul Clayden; Arnold-Baker on Local Council
Administration. Chapter 7[Tenth Edition]
and members of the Parish Councillors.