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Decisions by officers   

Can an officer take decisions on matters that are the parish or town council’s responsibility?
Yes, where the parish or town council's rules allow this.

 Are there means of knowing about decisions made by individuals?

Yes. The rules require the recording of certain decisions taken by officers acting under powers delegated to them by a parish or town council, its committees or sub-committees or a joint committee. 

 Delegated decisions fall under two categories:

a.  specific/express authorisation  or

b.   general authorisation to:

  • grant a permission or licence
  • affect the rights of an individual or
  • award a contract or incur expenditure which, in either case,  materially affect the relevant local government body’s (Parish Council) financial position

Where decisions are already required to be published by other legislation, they do not need to be recorded again provided the record published has the date the decision was taken and the reasons for the decision.

The Parish Council will retain and make the written record of the  Officer’s decision available for inspection for 6 years from the date of the meeting.  All background papers will be available for inspection for 4 years from the date of the meeting.

Delegated Decisions

Date Decision Taken Reasons for Decision Alternative Options Specific/General
Background Information/ Supporting Document
15/09/2014 To Claim on Insurance policy for damage to Noticeboard in Wilstrop      Health & Safety the noticeboard was unsafe and needed removal. Cost to replace was in excess of £1200 so claiming on insurance most sensible option  Left until next PC meeting to decide what to do.  But felt that for H&S reasons with the board being adjacent to the A59 trunk road that this was not sensible.  All Cllrs were informed by email of this decision and were asked their opinion off the record prior to calling the insurers.

Hard copies available for:

Quotation for replacement noticeboard.

Quotation for building works to remove and replace board. 

Completed Claim Form,

Approval of Claim from Zurich Insurance.

Photographs of old noticeboard sent to insurer.