In June 2016 The Admin of this Blog posted , on my behalf, an email that I had sent to the Parish Council. You can read the details Here.
I have now received the following email in response:
“From: Gill Hodgson
Date: 24 September 2016 at 11:21:50 BST
To: Graham Williams
RE: Whittington Parish Council
Dear Mr. Williams,
Thank you for your correspondence dated June 2016 and may I offer apologies for the delay in responding promptly, however the Parish Council were unable to discuss your suggestions of the 13th June until the latest meeting, which was held last Monday evening.
It was agreed that, as you suggest, a simple timetable be produced to make residents aware when meetings were to be held, agendas finalised and deadlines agreed. This would not be submitted to the village website as the editor refuses to publish information relating to the Parish Council, however it will be displayed on the Village Hall/Parish Council noticeboard attached to the Village Hall and also on the noticeboard at Newton and sent to the Lancaster City Council Parish Councils webpage https://committeeadmin.lancaster.gov.uk/mgParishCouncilDetails.aspx?LS=15&SLS=3&bcr=1
The 14 day deadline for items to be submitted was not felt practicable as experience shows important items often materialise on a daily basis and indeed may be discussed at very short notice.
Special meetings are already convened, by the Chairperson, when necessary.
Parish Councillors are in agreement that the Parish Councilhas a responsibility of keeping residents informed. Draft minutes are already circulated no later than 14 days after a meeting, to the Parish Councillors, and published, along with the next meeting’s agenda, on the Vilaage Hall/Parish Council noticeboard, the noticeboard at Newton and sent to the Lancaster City Council’s website as previously mentioned.
We reiterate that the Parish Council adhere to guidelines set out in the “Local Council Administration” book by Charles Arnold-Baker, recommended by LALC – the Lancashire Association of Local Councils.
Comments are always welcome from residents like yourself and would repeat that all parishioners are welcome to attend Parish Council meetings and in particular the Annual Parish Meeting where everyone is encouraged to offer any suggestions.
Parish Councillors hope that this goes some way in addressing your concerns.
Clerk to the Parish Council
On behalf of the Parish Council”
As far as I am concerned the matter is now closed