Congratulations to Shurdington PC for achieving the Foundation Award LCAS, a nod to their council's good practices in governance, community engagement and council improvement. The award shows that the council has gone above and beyond the legal obligations; that they lead their community and continually seek opportunities to improve and develop.
Posted: Wed, 25 May 2022 09:47 by Kerrin Cocks
Gloucestershire Police & Crime Commissioner reviews his first year in office and acknowledges the hard work and leadership of parish & town councils. Takeaways from this OPEN LETTER include:
- constabulary strengthened by almost 200 fulltime officers and staff
- increase in volunteer force
- 59% reduction in neighbourhood crime
- introduced strong governance procedures
- £5million secured to tackle... Read More »
Posted: Tue, 24 May 2022 14:22 by Kerrin Cocks
It would be great if you could sponsor Kerrin and I (team GAPTC) on our big charity event for 2022 in September, to raise funds for the Stroke Association. We are running the coastline of Anglesey over three days- this will be gruelling and multi-terrain (rocks, hillsides, beaches, open fields). We are busy training and have a training run on Sunday (60 miles) along the Severn Way.
Any small donation... Read More »
Posted: Tue, 17 May 2022 15:47 by Alison Robinson
Deputy Chief Executive Officer
An exciting opportunity has arisen at the Gloucestershire Association of Parish and Town Councils for a Deputy Chief Executive Officer to lead on the development of the advice service, dealing with enquiries from member parish and town councils and assisting in the development of the Association.
The role requires an average of 24 hours per week, including evening... Read More »
Posted: Mon, 11 Apr 2022 14:57 by Kerrin Cocks
It has come to GAPTC's attention that flyers are being distributed in some of our members' communities that are of a racist nature. GAPTC strongly condemns these actions and stands firmly with all Gloucestershire's Black, Asian and minority ethnic groups. We celebrate diversity in our communities and support the advancement of underrepresented groups and minorities. The matter has been reported to... Read More »
Posted: Mon, 11 Apr 2022 13:58 by Kerrin Cocks
GAPTC is sad to announce the sudden and tragic passing of one of our longest-serving executive committee members Peter Richmond. Peter was the committee's National Association of Local Councils (NALC) representative and brought a wealth of knowledge and experience to the association. Our sincere condolences to his friends and family; his stories and positive energy will be missed.
Posted: Mon, 04 Apr 2022 14:20 by Kerrin Cocks
NALC statement to the government response on standards
The NALC chairperson, Cllr Keith Stevens, has set out in a statement his bitter disappointment at the long-awaited response by the government to the Committee on Standards in Public Life (CSPL) report on local government ethical standards. Keith was also quoted in this story by the Local Government Chronicle. Throughout the CSPL's original inquiry,... Read More »
Posted: Mon, 28 Mar 2022 12:09 by Alison Robinson
The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) has renewed its call on the government to change the law to ensure high standards of conduct in public life.
The plea comes ahead of consideration in the House of Lords of the Local Government (Disqualification) Bill that will disqualify individuals convicted of sexual offences from running for public office or retaining their seat if already elected.... Read More »
Posted: Thu, 24 Mar 2022 11:04 by Alison Robinson
At this time of heightened awareness of war, Gloucestershire Association of Parish and Town Councils support this covenant and encourage our communities to continue to be inclusive and aware of all needs.
Posted: Mon, 21 Mar 2022 10:51 by Kerrin Cocks