GAPTC Newsletter

General Data Protection Regulations

All member councils were sent a copy of the NALC toolkit which contains model policies and templates to use. NALC and SLCC are working together to clarify the situation on the role of the Data Protection Officer on a national basis and with the Bill going through the House of Commons recently, we hope to have more clarification soon. Until then review the information you hold in regard to living individuals and destroy it if you no longer need to hold it. As soon as we have further information we will share it with you.

NPPF 'demystified' – new training course developed

The NPPF (National Planning Policy Framework) was developed to simplify the planning system and make it more approachable for everybody. It also gives guidance to planners and decision makers and is a useful document in helping councils respond to planning applications. In response to feedback from our planning training courses, we have commissioned Andrea Pellegram to develop a course to demystify the policy and help clerks and councillors participate in the planning process and influence planning outcomes. The course will take place at Brockworth on 2nd May, although this date may change because of the current consultation on the NPPF.

Andrea actively supports local councils through membership of her Planning Local website ( with an annual fee of £100 which includes a newsletter, access to website and remote support. Go to Andrea's website for further information.

Nominate a local project for the Campaign to Protect Rural England awards

For many years the CPRE (Campaign to Protect Rural England) Gloucestershire Branch has been looking at the changing landscape in our county, assessing excellence in various aspects and giving an award, namely in connection with buildings, land use and the community.

Last year, for example, they gave awards to such diverse schemes as Vegetable Matters, a farm shop and café in the North Cotswolds, The Stoke Orchard Community Centre, stores and coffee shop, Kingswood village allotments and the Horsley Play Project, to name a few.

The judges would like your help! Please will you get in touch and let them know of any interesting project which is being undertaken in your patch, whether it is public or private, in which you feel proud and deserving of their attention. They will make arrangements to visit and explore the background and detail of the project, looking at the location, surround and principles adopted for its development.

Contact Lisa Belfield, Office Manager and Planning Advisor at

GAPTC AGM 21st July

Our AGM will take place on Saturday 21st July, from 10.30am – 1.30pm, at Highnam Community Centre, and this year we have a guest speaker from GCC talking about the Gloucestershire Inform website, which replaced MAIDeN. The website is a mine of information to local councils, providing key facts about the county, including the needs among adults, older people, children and young people in Gloucestershire that might have an impact on future demand for social care services; key issues relating to Gloucestershire's local communities; the latest indices of deprivation within the county; the economy; and the latest mid-year population estimates.

Come along and meet the GAPTC team as well as members of the Executive Committee. The AGM business will be followed by a buffet lunch. Please note that only one councillor (not clerks) from each council can vote on AGM business.

LCAS success

We continue to encourage all councils to work towards Foundation Level of the Local Council Award Scheme and the most recent success is Guiting Power PC. We have a number of councils working towards the award and we encourage all councils to consider going for this award as basically it is your day job, a healthwatch on your council and you will probably find that you are virtually 80% there without even trying. We are happy to talk to you about it.

Transparency grant

The final round of transparency funding was in February and 8 councils with a turnover of less than £25,000 took the opportunity to apply for funds to set up a website or purchase a council laptop. The income received in February was £6525 and for the 3 years that the fund was available, Gloucestershire councils received a total of over £149,000.

Local Regeneration Handbook

Supplies of the book have now arrived and are being sent to the councils that ordered it at the reduced price. Two of the prizewinners of the GAPTC photo competition have been awarded with their prize of the Handbook (pictured). If you are interested in purchasing the book, written by Gloucestershire clerk, Andrew Maliphant of Longhope PC, they are available from SLCC.

2018 training programme – new courses added

The next Being a Better Councillor course on the 8th May in Whitminster is virtually full but there will be another one in the early autumn. The next start date for our rolling programme of Clerks the Knowledge is 19 April, with Clerks More Knowledge on 17 May and 21 June, so please book soon. We have just added two new courses, the brand new NPPF 'demystified' (see above) and Chairmanship Skills on 26 June. We are also bringing in Tracy Dolphin, our HR specialist, to run another course on How to Conduct Appraisals on 6th June. New courses on Procurement and Community Engagement are also in development and we hope to schedule them for the early summer.

Full information on course content, location and costs can be found on the website. All bookings must be made using the online booking form.

Posted: Fri, 16 Mar 2018 17:52 by Alison Robinson

Tags: AGM, Data Protection, Funding, GDPR, LCAS, Local Council Award Scheme, NPPF, News, Training, Transparency, Transparency Fund, planning