Publications & Policies
Burnham Market Parish Council has a number of established policies and procedures that include:
The Parish Council produces Standing Orders to govern the business and procedures of the Council.
Some of the Standing Orders are compulsory as they are laid down in Acts of Parliament. These are printed in bold type. These Standing Orders cannot be altered. In this respect if the words “Local Councils” are used, it means Parish and Town Councils in England and Community and Town Councils in Wales.
The Parish Council produces financial regulations to govern the financial transactions of the Council, which includes, audit procedures, the budget, banking arrangements, authorisation of payments and instructions for the making of payments.
Parish Council Risk Assessment
The Risk Assessment is designed to assess all the financial risks the Parish Council is exposed to and identify any actions it considers necessary to minimise those risks. The table available below attempts to identify the risks involved and recommends the necessary actions.
Council Code of Conduct
The Localism Act 2011 made fundamental changes to the system of regulation of standards of conduct for elected and co-opted councillors.
As part of these new arrangements, the Act requires Councils – including Parish Councils – to adopt a new Code of Conduct. The code, when viewed as a whole, must be consistent with the seven principles of selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty and leadership.
The code must also contain provisions in relation to new statutory requirements for the registration and disclosure of pecuniary and other interests. The code, once adopted by the Council, must be publicised locally.
Burnham Market Parish Council adopted the new Code of Conduct at its meeting on the 20th August, 2012. The text of the code is the same as that adopted by King’s Lynn and West Norfolk Borough Council and which all Parish Councils in the district are being invited to adopt.
Other Policies ad Procedures
A Parish Plan is a comprehensive plan which gives people living in villages a way of deciding for themselves how they would like their village to develop. It identifies issues of concern that the people within the parish feel are important to them based on information gained from surveys, research and consultation with residents.
Preparing a Parish Plan involved consultation with every person in Burnham Market to find out what they wanted for the Parish. The resulting Parish Plan provided a description of the desires of the people of Burnham Market. It contained a detailed, prioritised action plan, stating what was to be done and by whom to achieve the desires of the Parish.