The Parish Council


PARISH COUNCIL ELECTIONS – 2 MAY 2019

Elections to Cotswold District Council and every Town and Parish Council within the Cotswold District took place on 2 May 2019.
All seats on Sapperton Parish Council were subject to the election process, however, Cotswold District Council received only three nominations by the deadline. This meant that the Parish Council was not required to hold an election as there were less nominations than seats available.
The three nominations were from currently serving Councillors who therefore continued to serve after the May 2nd Election date.  A fourth Councillor was co-opted onto the Council at the June Parish Council meeting. This still leaves Sapperton Parish Council with less Councillors than the seven it is allowed so we are desperately seeking three new members!
We would urge any eligible person in the Parish to consider putting themselves forward and supporting their community in this way. All you need to do is volunteer and you can be co-opted onto the Council without any need for election.  With your help, we are hoping the Parish Council can return to full strength soon!
For more information, or just a chat about the role, please contact Babs Maloney, Parish Clerk, on 01285 760 276 or chat to one of the current Councillors. Their contact numbers are in the ‘Current Councillors’ list shown below.
The following overview may help you decide whether this role is something you would enjoy.
What is a Parish Council and why become a Parish Councillor
Who can be a Parish Councillor?

Anyone can be elected as a Councillor* if they are:
• A British, Commonwealth, Irish, or European Union citizen
• At least 18 years old
• Either on the list of electors for the parish, or during the whole of the previous twelve months has:
• Occupied land in the parish as an owner or tenant
• Had a principal place of work in the parish
• Resided in, or within three miles, of the parish

*Please be aware a person is however disqualified from being a Councillor if they:

a) hold any paid employment or office in the local authority that they seek election to or
b) are the subject of a ‘bankruptcy restrictions order’ or other interim order or
c) have, within five years before the day of election or since their election, been convicted of
any offence and has had passed on them a sentence of imprisonment of at least three months
(whether suspended or not) without the option of a fine or
d) has been found guilty of corrupt or illegal practices or responsible for incurring unlawful
expenditure and the court ordered their disqualification.

CURRENT COUNCILLORS 2019

Code of Conduct: 

Each local council must adopt a Code of Conduct that is in line
with the Nolan principles which apply to the conduct of people in public life.

The code deals with Councillors’ obligations about their conduct including the registration and disclosure of their interests
(see below).

Register of interests

Parish and Town Councillors must complete a ‘register of members’ pecuniary interests’ form.  This is a requirement of the code of conduct.

Cotswold District Council holds the register of interests (opens in a new window) for Parish Councillors in this area.  The Register may also be inspected at the Cotswold District Council offices at Trinity Road, Cirencester, during normal office hours.

POLICY DOCUMENTS

Transparency Code for Smaller Authorities

FINANCIAL INFORMATION

ANNUAL GOVERNANCE AND ACCOUNTABILITY RETURNS

Each year the Parish Council completes the Annual Governance and Accountability Review (AGAR) and conducts an internal audit of accounts. The accounts are available for inspection during the Public Inspection Period. The link above will take you to the Parish Council’s financial information and the Notice of Public Inspection Period which includes a summary of your rights and explains various aspects of these and also the relevant legislation that governs the inspection of accounts and objections.

Parishioners and/or interested parties wishing to view the accounts can do so this year between 1st July and 9th August 2019 inclusive by contacting  the Clerk, Babs Maloney on 01285 760 276 to arrange a mutually convenient time.