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ABOUT THE COUNCIL

Purton Parish Council has adopted the following Code of Conduct in accordance with the Localism Act 2012 New Standards Framework:
You are a member or co-opted member of Purton Parish Council and hence you shall have regard to the following principles - selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty and leadership.

You must promote and support high standards of conduct when serving in your public post, in particular as characterised by the following requirements, by leadership and example, accordingly, when acting in your capacity as a member or co-opted member:

You must act solely in the public interest and should never improperly confer an advantage or disadvantage on any person or act to gain financial or other material benefits for yourself, your family, a friend or close associate.

You must not place yourself under a financial or other obligation to outside individuals or organisations that might seek to influence you in the performance of your official duties.
When carrying out your public duties you must make all choices, such as making public appointments, awarding contracts or recommending individuals for rewards or benefits, on merit.
You are accountable for your decisions to the public and you must co-operate fully with whatever scrutiny is appropriate to your office.

You must be as open as possible about your decisions and actions and the decisions and actions of your authority, and should be prepared to give reasons for those decisions and actions.
You must declare any private interests, both pecuniary and non-pecuniary, that relate to your public duties, and must take steps to resolve any conflicts arising in a way that protects the public interest, including registering and declaring interests in a manner conforming with the procedures set out below.

You must, when using or authorising the use by others of the resources of your authority, ensure that such resources are not used improperly for political purposes (including party political purposes) and you must have regard to any applicable Local Authority Code of Publicity made under the Local Government Act 1986.

Registering and declaring pecuniary and non-pecuniary interests:
You must, within 28 days of taking office as a member or co-opted member, notify your authority’s monitoring officer of any disclosable pecuniary interest as defined by regulations made by the Secretary of State, where the pecuniary interest is yours, your spouse’s or civil partner’s, or is the pecuniary interest of somebody with whom you are living as a husband of wife, or as if you were civil partners.

In addition, you must, within 28 days of taking office as a member or co-opted member, notify your authority’s monitoring officer of any disclosable pecuniary or non- pecuniary interests which your authority has decided should be included in the register.

If an interest has not been entered onto the authority’s register you must disclose the interest to any meeting of authority at which you are present, where you have a disclosable interest in any matter being considered and where the matter is not a sensitive interest.

Following any disclosure of an interest which is not on the authority’s register or the subject of pending notification, you must notify the monitoring officer of the interest within 28 days beginning with the date of disclosure.

Unless dispensation has been granted, you may not participate in any discussion of, vote on, or discharge any function related to any matter in which you have a pecuniary interest as defined by regulations made by the Secretary of State. Additionally, you must observe the restrictions your authority places on your involvement in matters where you have a pecuniary or non-pecuniary interest as defined by your authority.  Code of Conduct June 2012

Parish Council Vacancies

The Parish Council still have no vacancies for a Parish Councillor.  There will be Parish Council elections in May 2022l. An election will only be held if more than fifteen people stand, if fifteen or less put their names forward then they will automatically be elected onto Council. This is an interesting time for Parish Council’s with the new Localism Bill on the horizon and more opportunities to enhance its role. In order for us to achieve more we need the manpower. Please give this some thought. If you would like more information then please contact the Parish Council Office.

Information available from Purton Parish Council.

If you would like to know what documents are available from the Parish Council then please contact the Council Office. A copy of the Parish Council Minutes are placed in the Library once approved by Council and if you would like to read them please ask the librarian who will show you where they are or alternatively look at our meeting diary where the agendas and minutes are listed..
Parish Council meetings are open to the public to attend. If you would like a calendar of meetings then one is available on this web site or can be provided via the office. Each meeting is advertised on the Parish Council notice boards and the full Council Meetings are also advertised in the Purton Magazine Diary.

Donations.

The Parish Council allocate small donations twice a year, in June and February. If you would like to apply then please contact the Parish Council office for an Application Form or Click Here to download an Application Form. Click Here to see the Donation Criteria. 

Sponsor a Planter.

If you would like to sponsor a planter please contact the Parish Council Office.

Parish Council Meetings.

You are reminded that you are welcome to attend Parish Council meetings and there is a public question time on the agenda when you can speak if you wish.