Welcome to the Stoke St Michael Parish Council Members’ Handbook. This handbook has been prepared to provide information for new and current Councillors outlining their role and duties as well as providing information for the public.

Contact Information for the Parish Clerk:

Telephone: 01749 343910 Email: clerk@stokestmichaelpc.org

Website: www.stokestmichaelpc.org

Facebook Pages: https://www.facebook.com/groups/www.stokestmichaelpc.org

Councillors and Wards

The Councillors, their contact details can be found on the councillor details page

The Ward Councillors are Alan Townsend – Mendip District Councillor and Phillip Ham – Somerset County Councillor

Councillors agree to work under the Councillor Code of Conduct and are guided by the Good Councillor Guides produced by NALC:

Good Councillors Guide (General),

Good Councillors Guide Finance and Transparency,

Good Councillors Guide Neighbourhood Planning,

Good Councillors Guide Transport Planning,

Good Councillors Guide Community Business,

Good Councillors Guide Cyber Security.

Meetings

Following the lifting of Covid restrictions physical meetings will recommence in Stoke St Michael War Memorial Hall.

Meetings are usually held every six weeks on a Thursday, although there may be additional meetings throughout the year. Public participation is encouraged at meetings.

Planning

All information can be found on the Planning Applications Page, this also includes a link to the Planning Portal

Key Documents for Councillors

Finance Documents

All financial documents can be found on the Finance Page, this includes the Annual Budget, Asset List, Annual Governance and Accountability Return and details on the Inspection of Accounts.

Information on Grants including the application form can be found on the Grants Policy.

Governance Documents

The Council’s Standing Orders, Financial Regulations and other policies can be found on the Policies Page.

Legal Topic Notes from NALC

The legal topic notes provide extensive guidance and those relevant to Stoke St Michael Parish Council have been downloaded to a Legal Topics page for Councillor information.

Local Councils have a wide range of powers and duties, here are the main ones, it is not a complete list of every single power and duty.