|CORSCOMBE, HALSTOCK AND DISTRICT PARISH COUNCIL MAY 2015
The group Parish Council has existed since 1972 when Corscombe Parish Council and Halstock Parish Council were amalgamated with the inclusion of East and West Chelboroughs. Corscombe and Halstock each have five councillors and the Chelboroughs one each.
Councillors are elected by, and represent, the electors of each parish but councillors make joint decisions for the parishes. Elections are every four years, next in 2019, but vacancies may be filled by election or cooption at any time.
The quorum for meetings is four members. Details of procedure, etc. are contained in Standing Orders, Financial Regulations, Code of Conduct, and Publications Scheme, and various Acts.
The Council meets in May (annual meeting), July, September, November, January and March, usually on the last Monday of the month. Members of the public may attend, and a part of the meetings is set aside for public comment and queries. The public may not speak, unless invited, in the main Council discussions, and they may not vote. Meetings usually start at 7.30pm. Meetings are held at either Corscombe Village Hall or Halstock Community Hall, annual meetings alternating between the villages. The annual meeting receives the annual accounts (year ending 31 March) and annual reports, the chairman and vice-chairman are elected for the year, and representatives are chosen. Other meetings consider parish concerns such as planning applications and state of the highways, and matters which arise from changes in legislation or are passed on by the district (West Dorset District Council) or county (Dorset County Council) local authorities or other bodies.
The Council has income from the ‘precept’ – part of the Council Tax. In 2015-16 this is £12,750 for the group parishes. Corscombe and Halstock residents pay a larger share because of a loan raised for millennium projects: the Community Room at Halstock Stores, and the extensions to Corscombe Village Hall. Corscombe residents also pay a little extra for the maintenance of the playground which is equipped and managed by the Council.
PARISH COUNCIL MEETING DATES 2016 at 7.30pm unless otherwise stated
Monday 25 January Halstock
Monday 21 March Halstock
Tuesday 31 May Corscombe (annual meeting)
Tuesday 28 June Corscombe
Monday 25 July Corscombe
Monday 26 Sept Corscombe
Monday 28 Nov Halstock budgeting meeting
Parish Meetings may be arranged at any time, with at least one annual meeting a year in April or May. They are held where there is a group Council (as ours is) so that each parish can discuss its own affairs. They are more informal and have no statutory powers, though they can send resolutions to the Parish Council for action. All residents may attend and all electors may vote at Parish Meetings.
For more information and access to records and reports, literature, etc. please contact the Clerk: Freda Hennessy, Lilac Cottage, Corscombe, Dorchester, Dorset DT2 0NU
01935 891448 firstname.lastname@example.org