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PARISH COUNCIL TRAINING CERTIFICATE

Our Parish Council Chairman Sonia Grantham is always keen for members of her Council to take advantage of the training courses organised by the Essex Association of Local Councils for Council Members. In last year’s budget a sum of £250 was provided for individual courses, but the Chairman observed than not many members had taken advantage of the opportunities offered, perhaps because most of the courses are held in Great Dunmow, so she decided to bring the training to St Osyth. If the members can’t get to the course the course must be brought to the members!
Councillor Sonia Grantham
This was to be a first for St Osyth and on the 28th April 2009 Joy Sheppard, the Chief Executive of the Essex Association came personally to the village hall to bring Parish Council members up to date on the recent changes in Local Government and how these affect the way members can better serve their residents.

Amongst the subjects covered were Powers and Duties; Bye Laws; Community Engagement; Fixed Penalty Notices and perhaps the most interesting new development ‘The Power of Wellbeing’.

This is an all embracing power for Councils to use, to do almost anything they deem to be in the interests and for the benefit of their residents, without the need to quote the Act of Parliament under which they are taking the proposed action. Before a Council can exercise this power they need to receive specific training and their Clerk needs to be specially qualified. This is a power St Osyth will seek to obtain for future use, but the Council will need further training.

At the Annual General Meeting of the Essex Association held on 23rd September the certificate on this page was presented to a surprised Michael Talbot, our representative at the meeting, by the Association Chairman John Buchanan. This page is put on the web site so that the extra training which cost the Parish £415, can be known to our residents.

28/9/09.



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