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Chief Executive Officer: Alison Robinson
Cranham House (the OPEX
Building), Falcon Close, Green
Farm Business Park, Gloucester

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Formed by Parish Councils --- Run for Parish Councils --- Delivering to Parish Councils

The Gloucestershire Association of Parish and Town Councils (GAPTC) is a not for profit membership organisation, representing, training and advising the parish and town councils of Gloucestershire, who form the grass roots tier (or first level) of local government in England.

GAPTC offer members a resource of vital, operational information and facilitate communication at all levels of the parish network - district, county, regional and national.

As a membership association we are unable to deal with queries from the public, but we are happy to make general information available through this website, which helps to increase understanding and awareness about the sector.

Latest News

NALC update - from Jonathan Owen (Chief Executive)

Legal User Group

· The Legal User Group, chaired by Cllr Sue Baxter and involving a number of representatives from councils and county associations, met last Tuesday, key issues included: noting current performance on responding to legal queries with 100% answered in the deadline set; welcoming the NALC legal training days and suggesting that these be built into NALC conferences, requesting more general advice be built into NALC newsletters on topical issues such as drones; and stressing the importance of clarifying the position on the general power of competence and power to trade. More »

New legal guidance

·This week five updated Legal Topic Notes (LTNs) have been updated:/p>

LTN 4 The powers of a community meeting in community without a separate community council has been updated to reflect the changes to the establishment and dissolution of community councils following the Local Government (Wales) Measure 2011;

-LTN 11 Celebrations and similar events has been updated to include references to LTN 88 on event licensing and section 138B of the 1972 Act in respect of events and celebrations with a religious flavour;

-LTN 13 Policing your area has been updated to include the Investigatory Powers Act 2016 and other developments in respect of the use of CCTV;

-LTN 18 Local Councils' Powers to Provide Parking Spaces has been recast to provide a more logical structure and, in particular, to clarify the differences between England and Wales;

-LTN 20 Markets and Other Events has been amended to remove some internet links that are no longer valid.

Communities Week

·Communities Week 2017 ended last week with amongst other things a blog from the NALC chairman, Cllr Sue Baxter, which highlights the capability of local councils to help communities and neighbourhoods to take back control. http://mycommunity.org.uk/2017/03/24/connecting-neighbourhoods-power/.

Lobby Day

·The third Lobby Day is taking place in Parliament as planned on Tuesday 28th March with representatives from county associations on National Council set to meet over 50 MPs. » Less

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 10:44 by Alison Robinson

New Legal Topic Notes added to document section of website

We have added updated Legal Topic Notes on the following topics:

Members' conduct and the registration and disclosure of their interests (LTN80)

Parish and Community Council Meetings (LTN5)

Disposal of charity land by local councils acting as sole or managing trustee (LTN45)

Negligence (LTN68)

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 09:21 by Anita Sach

Spraying courses PA1 and PA6

An offer for councils with grounds maintenance staff.

Nailsworth Town Council has places on a course for PA1 and PA6 Pesticides training - essential for spray treatment of perennial weeds.

The training will take place on Monday 3rd and Tuesday 4th April at King George V playing fields, Nailsworth and costs ?315 per candidate.

For more details and to book a place, contact the Town Clerk on 01453 833592. Places must be booked by Monday 27th March.

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 13:16 by Anita Sach