When and where does the Parish Council meet?
Normally at 7:30pm in the Village Hall on the second Tuesday of every month.
What format do the meetings take?
They start with some administrative stuff and the approval of the minutes of the previous meeting. Following that there is an opportunity for members of the public to raise any relevant points. The meeting then continues broadly along the lines of the agenda.
Can I attend a Parish Council meeting?
All residents of the parish are most welcome to attend a meeting (and we wish more of you would do so!).
At the start of each meeting there is a chance for any members of the public to ask questions and to
raise any relevant concerns.
During the meeting (and at the chair's discretion) please indicate if you would like to ask for clarification on the current item on the agenda. If the chair allows, the formal meeting may be suspended while your questions are dealt with. Note that the chair may disallow dealing with your questions at this time (e.g. to prevent the meeting from running late or because there is insufficient information at that time etc.). If this happens please do not feel offended - you can always contact Parish Councillors using their contact details.
Can I request an item be added to the agenda?
You can if you are a resident.
To do this please send details to the Parish Clerk at least 10 days before the next meeting. The Parish Clerk's contact
information is on the 'Contact Details' alongside.
Planning applications - are they something for the Parish Council to look at?
One of the responsibilities of the Parish Council is to consider planning applications and to advise the planning authorities on their suitability. If you have a new planning application it is likely that it will be on the agenda for the meeting. If it is possible for you and/or your advisor to attend it may be helpful to discuss your application at the meeting and we welcome the opportunity for you to do this.
When and where are the agendas and minutes published?
The agenda for the next meeting is published on this website as soon as it is available - usually at least a week before a meeting.
Minutes are published on this website once they are approved. They are normally approved at the meeting following the one that the minutes are for.
To see the available agendas and minutes click the 'Agendas and Minutes' link alongside.
Your Parish Clerk maintains hard copies of all agendas and minutes and you are welcome to contact the Parish Clerk regarding those - however in the interests of the environment and the time and cost of producing hard copies please use the link alongside to view published agendas and minutes in the first instance. Your Parish Clerk's email address is included in the Parish Councillors' contact details link alongside.
How can I contact a member of the Parish Council?
To see the contact details for your Parish Councillors please click the Parish Councillors' contact details' link alongside.
Do Parish Councillors have to follow a Code of Conduct?
Parish Councillors must
follow a published code of conduct.
Click this link to see the WFPC Code of Conduct
. All Witham Friary Parish Councillors must follow this.
What are Parish Councils responsible for?
This tells you
what Parish Councils are responsible for.