Covid-19 Pandemic Announcement
The emergency legislation
Local councils are now permitted to meet remotely; postpone their annual parish council meeting for 12 months and only hold least 3 meetings between April 2020 and May 2021. The postponement of the elections which were to have been held on 7 May 2020 and the annual parish council meeting means all local councillors will continue for another 12 months unless they wish otherwise. There are also changes to the audit schedule under the emergency legislation.
A brief update from Thornborough Parish Council (TPC)
It is business as usual where possible. For example, this week the audit was submitted to the internal auditor and the 2020/21 allotment licences were sent out. All local councils have been strongly advised to have a ‘practice’ remote meeting or technical rehearsal at which decisions cannot be made because the public are not present. TPC held a successful practice meeting on Monday 20 March to ensure we are ready to hold a remote meeting when we need one.
At the present time there is no urgent business requiring a remote meeting. When this changes, and of course it will, the meeting will be announced on the TPC noticeboard and website as is our normal practice. We will also use Thornborough eNews to publicise the meeting. The agenda for the meeting will explain what residents need to do to join the remote TPC meeting by phone or video conference.
In the meantime, please let me know if you wish to bring anything to the attention of TPC - see below for my email address and phone number.
Alison Robinson (Ms)
Clerk to the Parish Council
The Council represents and serves the whole community and meets on the third Monday of every month in Thornborough Village Hall. Most Council meetings are open to the public and villagers are encouraged to attend whenever possible.
The Thornborough Parish Councillors:
|Parish Clerk||Alison Robinson|
Buckinghamshire County Council Links:
Office for National Statistics
The Chairman of the Council will prepare an Annual Report reviewing activities undertaken by the Council during the preceding year together with an annual statement of the Parish Councils accounts. These reports are usually presented at an Open Annual General Meeting which villagers are encouraged to attend.
The Parish Council is responsible for the street lighting in the village. It is part of our duty to report any faults that are reported to us by parishioners but we are not responsible for when they are repaired. However, there is a promise from AVDC that they consider it good practise to fix a broken light within 14 days of it being reported as not working.
We are not responsible for planning decisions, but do comment on planning applications on behalf of the whole village. The councils decision in planning matters amounts to only one voice and so numerically is equivalent to any village householder. However, the parish council has a higher status and is more likely to persuade planning authorities to acknowledge council viewpoints as important to any planning decision that is being made.
The Parish Council is responsible for grass cutting of the greens in the village with other areas coming under the responsibility of Buckinghamshire County Council or the Vale of Aylesbury Trust. A grass cutting map of the village is available from this link: Thornborough Village Grass Cutting map.
No individual councillor (including the chairman) can make a decision on behalf of the council.