We are consulting with parishes on the draft Parish Charter. The Parish Charter aims to provide a framework for B&NES Council and our town, parish and village councils, as well as our parish meetings, to work together to serve the people of Bath and North East Somerset. Please note that the draft Charter covers all of these bodies, although allowance needs to be made for the differing legal framework of parish meeting areas. However, we have used the phrases “parishes” or “parish councils” for simplicity throughout the document.
Why are we consulting?
The existing Charter dates from 2006 and has recently been subject to review to reflect the many changes that have taken place over the last decade. This includes increased financial pressures and demographic changes (e.g., our ageing population) but also new opportunities to transform the way we work together through advances in digital technology.
The draft Charter contains specific commitments but also been designed to be flexible enough to apply to a range of B&NES Council service areas and parish councils of varying size and activity. It is important that Bath & North East Somerset Council and our parishes are comfortable with the spirit of the document and confident that they are able to meet the commitments proposed within it.
What happens next:
The Working Group will consider any responses received before the final Charter is prepared late summer. It is anticipated that the final Charter will be presented to Cabinet and Full Council in the Autumn 2017.