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Bagworth & Thornton Parish Council

Serving the people of Bagworth, Merry Lees & Thornton

Clerk: Ms Ann Murray
Bagworth Community Centre
Station Road, Bagworth
Coalville LE67 1BH

Tel: 07580 574093

Who we are & what we do

The Parish Council looks after the interest of Bagworth, Merry Lees and Thornton and consists of 8 Councillors in total - 4 x Bagworth Ward and 4 x Thornton Ward.

The Parish Council's offices are at Bagworth Community Centre, Station Road, Bagworth, Leicestershire, LE67 1BH.

The contact times are 9.30 am - 1.30 pm Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.
The office opening hours are 10.00am - 12.00 noon as per contact times

Meetings of the Parish Council are held on the first Monday of every month (except bank holidays when it will be the second Monday) alternating between Bagworth Community Centre and Thornton Community Centre. The Annual Parish Meeting and the Annual Meeting of the Parish Council are held on the first Monday in May at the Bagworth Community Centre.

Councillors

Committees

Our committees have specific tasks and can have delegated powers.

Our Staff

Parish Clerk - Ann Murray

Address
Bagworth Community Centre
Station Road
Bagworth
Leicestershire
LE67 1BH
Telephone
01530 230638
Mobile
07580574093

What is a Councillor

Councillors are elected to represent an individual geographical unit on the council, known as a Ward. Bagworth & Thornton Parish Council consists of Councillors from the following Wards: Bagworth (4), and Thornton (4).

Councillors have three main components to their work:

Decision Making – Through meetings and attending committees, Councillors decide which activities to support, where money should be spent, what services should be delivered and what policies should be implemented.

Monitoring – Councillors make sure that their decisions lead to efficient and effective services by keeping an eye on how well things are working.

Getting involved locally - as local representatives, councillors have responsibilities towards their constituents and local organisations. These responsibilities and duties often depend on what the councillor wants to achieve and how much time is available, and may include:

•Going to meetings of local organisations •Going to meetings of organisations affecting the wider community •Taking up issues on behalf of members of the public •Acting as a signpost for Council Services

Why become a Councillor?

Being a Parish Councillor is an enjoyable way of contributing to your community, and helping to make it a better place to live and work.

Will I get paid for being a Councillor?

No, Councillors do not receive a salary.

Am I qualified?

Yes – most people are. However there are a few rules:

You have to be: •A British subject, or a citizen of the Commonwealth or the European Union and be 18 years of age or over •A local government elector for the council area for which you want to stand; or •Have during the whole of the 12 months preceding that day occupied as owner or tenant any land or other premises in the council area; or •Have during that same period had your principal or only place of work in the council area; or •During that 12 month period resided in the council area

You cannot become a Parish Councillor if you: •Are subject of a bankruptcy restriction order or interim order •Have, within five years, been convicted in the United Kingdom of any offence and have had a sentence of imprisonment (whether suspended or not) for a period of over three months without the option of a fine •You work for the council you want to become a councillor for (but you can work for other local authorities, including the principal authorities that represent the same area).

Our councillors are all elected or co-opted onto the Council, if you would like to become a councillor or find out more about what they do then simply contact the Parish Office.

THE GOOD COUNCILLORS GUIDE A useful guide for new Councillors explaining the rules and procedures for Local Councils

IT TAKES ALL SORTS A publication from the National Association of Local Councils explaining the role of a Parish Councillor.

Councillors' Code of Conduct

Bagworth & Thornton Parish Council, as a public authority, believes in promoting the highest standards in public life and therefore has adopted the 'Nolan principles', which are the basis of the ethical standards expected of public office holders:

1. Selflessness. Holders of public office should act solely in terms of the public interest.

2. Integrity. Holders of public office must avoid placing themselves under any obligation to people or organisations that might try inappropriately to influence them in their work. They should not act or take decisions in order to gain financial or other material benefits for themselves, their family, or their friends. They must declare and resolve any interests and relationships.

3. Objectivity. Holders of public office must act and take decisions impartially, fairly and on merit, using the best evidence and without discrimination or bias.

4. Accountability. Holders of public office are accountable to the public for their decisions and actions and must submit themselves to the scrutiny necessary to ensure this.

5. Openness. Holders of public office should act and take decisions in an open and transparent manner. Information should not be withheld from the public unless there are clear and lawful reasons for so doing.

6. Honesty. Holders of public office should be truthful.

7. Leadership. Holders of public office should exhibit these principles in their own behaviour. They should actively promote and robustly support the principles and be willing to challenge poor behaviour wherever it occurs.

The Members' Code of Conduct

In order to underpin these ethical standards and in accordance with the Localism Act 2011, the Council has adopted a Code of Conduct for Parish Councillors (whether elected or co-opted), who required to abide by the code -INSERT CODE OF CONDUCT