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ENABLING PARISH & TOWN COUNCILS IN GLOUCESTERSHIRE SINCE 1939

NALC Chief Executive's bulletin

New health and wellbeing webpage

In his interview with the magazine, LCR, Duncan Selbie, chief executive, Public Health England commented that "What is clear is that local (parish and town) councils are indispensable to the solutions around keeping people in good health."

Praise indeed for the important role of the sector, but a challenge at the same time. To help local councils respond to this challenge NALC have launched a new health and wellbeing web page, which you can read more about in the NALC news story here. Please do make use of these excellent resources, and contact NALC with your feedback.

Updated legal guidance

The Legal Topic Note 22 on disciplinary and grievance arrangements has been updated. The appendix contains template disciplinary and grievance procedures, which are also available in editable word form. The grievance procedure has also been redrafted in particular in light of the Ledbury decision. You can find the LTN in the member's area of the website (login required).

Election results

  • This week NALC concluded the direct elections by larger councils for representatives on the Larger Councils Committee – well done to Cllr Peter Astwell, Beverley Town Council, Cllr Sue Smith, Woughton Community Council, Cllr Donna Fuller, Woughton Community Council, and Cllr Phil Barnett, Newbury Town Council, and Carl Hearn, town clerk, Tavistock Town Council, and Jane Biscombe, town clerk, Weymouth Town Council.
  • Congratulations also to Danny Moody, chief executive, Northamptonshire County Association of Local Councils, who has been elected as the new chairman of the County Officers Forum.

Transport Planning Day

The NALC CEO and the NALC policy advisor, Andrew Tubb (also a local clerk at Cirencester TC), attended the Transport Planning Society's annual Transport Planning Day on 20 November in Westminster.

Congratulations to Market Deeping Town Council and Deeping St James Parish Council who were highly commended in the People's Award category of this year's awards. They have used the neighbourhood plan to improve footpaths, join up local facilities and built a footbridge and planted trees – there's a great video about the project here. You can read more about how local can make use of transport planning in our new The Good Councillor's guide to transport planning that NALC launched at the annual conference last month.

#OurDay

A huge thank you to everyone who took part in #OurDay on 19 November, the now annual 24-hour social media marathon run by the Local Government Association (LGA). It was great to see so many local councils and county associations once again taking part, helping the event trend #2 in the UK. It was great to hear so many and such varied stories, for example, Leighton-Linslade Town Council being a fairtrade town and Chippenham Town Council putting on free concerts for its residents at the John Coles Park. Do check out the Twitter Moment here.

Tree Week

Next week is Tree Week, running from 23 November to 2 December, with Tree Charter Day next Saturday 30 November! NALC has been encouraging local councils to sign up to the Tree Charter, which is promoted alongside The Woodland Trust. There is still time to attend a tree planting event in your area, see a list of events here You can also apply for free community tree packs for March 2020. If you would like to sign up to The Tree Charter please email claire.goldfinch@nalc.gov.uk. If you are hosting an event next week or celebrating Tree Week, don't forget to use the Twitter hashtags #BigClimateFightback and #EveryTreeMatters.

Direct Information Service

The latest Direct Information Service (DIS) and funding bulletin hit inboxes this week. DIS is a fortnightly publication to keep you up-to-date with the latest news from the sector, round-up of government statements and consultations, planning, rural affairs, funding opportunities, events, job vacancies and a recap of NALC's biggest stories. To find out more about DIS and to subscribe please visit: www.nalc.gov.uk/dis

Out and about

  • Jane Moore, senior solicitor and legal services manager, attended the Suffolk Association of Local Councils (SALC) conference on 18 November, with the theme of planning. The conference was held at the offices of the law firm Birketts in Ipswich and included presentations from their head of planning and speakers from principal authorities. Well done to SALC for organising this event, especially for so quickly publishing a reflective blog post and audio recordings of all the sessions.
  • The NALC head of member services, Charlotte Eisenhart, visited Falmouth on 18/19 November to meet with Mark Williams, chief executive, Falmouth Town Council, and Paul Clarke, peer, challenge manager, LGA. Falmouth with be hosting the sector's second peer review in February 2020 following a successful first review at Chippenham Town Council earlier this year. This forms part of a pilot between NALC and the LGA with the aim of us being able to offer peer review to the very largest local councils in the future.
  • Then on 20 November, Charlotte attended the Worcestershire Association of Local Councils (WALC) annual general meeting and spoke about the national picture facing NALC and the local council sector. It was also a great opportunity to hear from Chris Wayman, county officer, WALC, on his first 6 months in the role and the positive impact he is having at the county association.

And finally...

As the political parties publish their General Election manifestos, next week NALC will be sharing a summary including key areas of interest to local councils – so do look out for that.

Posted: Fri, 22 Nov 2019 15:28 by Alison Robinson

Tags: News, NALC, National Association for Local Councils, out and about, DIS, Direct Information Service, Tree Charter, OurDay, Transport planning, updated Legal Topic Note, LTN, disciplinary and grievance, Ledbury case, health and wellbeing