NALC Chief Executive's bulletin

Last chance to enter the NALC Star Council Awards

There's still a few hours left to enter NALC's Star Council Awards! There are five categories: clerk of the year, county association project of the year, young councillor of the year, councillor of the year, and Council of the Year. You have until 11:59 pm today (28 June) to get your entries in. Winners will be announced at the awards dinner at the NALC Annual Conference on 28 October 2019 at DoubleTree by Hilton in Milton Keynes.

Out and about

  • Along with several colleagues the NALC CEO was at the LGRC/NALC EXPO on 21 June, which saw around 150 people visit nearly 40 suppliers, hear demonstrations and insights through a range of talks, including by our chairman Cllr Sue Baxter and Harpenden Town Council on modern local councils – you can check out the presentation slides
  • The NALC senior solicitor, Jane Moore, attended the first Cumbria Association of Local Councils summer conference on 22 June in Penrith. Jane delivered presentations to the nearly 100 delegates on conduct and standards, other subjects covered throughout the day included neighbourhood planning and chairmanship.
  • The Planning Futures think tank held a breakfast event on neighbourhood planning on 27 June, featuring a panel of industry experts including NALC solicitor Gurvynda Paddan-White. Key themes were the importance of good working relationships between local councils and principal authorities, as well as with developers, and the Government's need to provide more practical support for local councils. Around 25 attendees from a variety of legal and planning backgrounds also engaged in some lively discussions and questions on the future of neighbourhood plans within the current legislative framework.
  • Jane and Gurvynda attended the Lawyers in Local Government (LLG) annual reception on 27 June, along with colleagues from the Society of Local Council Clerks, which included a speech from the president of LLG, Lord Beecham.
  • Given 90% of neighbourhood plans are being led by local councils, set up more local councils in unparished areas, was Justin's message to the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Housing and Planning on 25 June, speaking to the question of 'how do we get communities more involved in neighbourhood planning?'. Other points raised included the need for funding and support, the process to make simpler and quicker, and for plans to be given more weight and protection. The APPG was also given a copy of NALC's new policies on neighbourhood planning and research report.
  • NALC chairman, Cllr Sue Baxter and vice-chairs, Cllr Derek Liddell and Cllr Keith Stevens, and the NALC CEO had a productive and positive meeting with SLCC on 24 June. Topics of discussion included joint working, improving standards & the scope to work together on climate change and home-working.

NALC Smaller Councils Committee

NALC's Smaller Councils Committee met on 25 June, in advance of the minutes being made available, here are some highlights:

  • The committee considered ways to increase training and is urging smaller local councils to support the training of councillors and staff – read our news story here
  • Discussions took place on how governance arrangements were working two years on and whether the current audit regime was working for the very smallest councils
  • Committee members gave feedback on how the recent local council elections had gone in their areas
  • A paper mapping out NALC's work with rural stakeholders was endorsed

And finally...

Huge congratulations to Falmouth Town Council and their partners in the Falmouth Town Team for scooping UK's Best Digital Project and the big one, Best Partnership, at the Town and City Management Industry Awards, beating London and Belfast in the final – well done indeed!

Posted: Fri, 28 Jun 2019 16:39 by Alison Robinson

Tags: Cumbria Association summer conference, EXPO, GAPTC, NALC, National Association for Local Councils, News, SLCC, neighbourhood planning, smaller councils committee, star councils