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 History Centre.
Involvement of Parish Councils on Planning Applications :
The 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
A 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
A Parish Council is not a planning authority and has no special powers. They may comment or not they cannot approve or reject planning applications
Question : 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
Answer : No - the Councillor clearly has a personal and prejudicial interest and should have left the room for the item.
See Wiltshire Council's guidelines on planning applications
HEYTESBURY, IMBER & KNOOK Standing Orders 2016/2017 - Public Participation :1c and 1d
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]
Responsibilities and members of the Parish Councillors.
Freedom of Information Act 2000.
Information available from Heytesbury, Imber & Knook Parish Council under the model publication scheme
Next Meeting of Parish Council
16 May 2017 at 19:15 in Heytesbury School
The qualified persons in this Act for the Parish are the Clerk (1st) and the Chairman (2nd). If you would like to know more contact :
Heytesbury, Imber & Knook
Link to Wiltshire County Council http://www.wiltshire.gov.uk/