Top

Top

Agenda Item No

The Vale of Glamorgan Council

 

Standards Committee: 21st September, 2015

 

Report of the Monitoring Officer

 

Statutory Guidance - Access to Information on Community and Town Councils

 

Purpose of the Report

  1. To advise the Members of the Standards Committee on the outcome of inquiries instigated by the Standards Committee on 6th July 2015 to ascertain whether every Town and Community Council in the Vale has established a Website as a result of the publication by the Welsh Government of guidance which places duties on Community and Town Councils to make certain information available electronically.

Recommendation

That the Standards Committee note the contents of the report.

Reason for the Recommendation

Having regard to the contents of the guidance and response received from Town / Community Councils.

Background

  1. The duties placed on Community and Town Councils has been issued, in part, under Section 55 of the Local Government (Democracy) (Wales) Act 2013. Section 55 places duties on local authorities to make certain information available electronically via its own website. When carrying out their duties under Section 55, Community and Town Councils have a statutory duty to have regard to the guidance.
  2. The guidance also explains further provisions made in the Local Government (Democracy) (Wales) Act 2013 concerning public notices, Council meetings and proceedings and Register of Members' Interests.

Relevant Issues and Options

  1. Having considered the requirements of the Local Government (Democracy) (Wales) Act 2013, it was the decision of the Standards Committee:

(1)                ……….

(2)                THAT the Monitoring Officer enquire of every Town and Community Council within the Vale of Glamorgan area as to whether the Town or Community Council has established a website."

  1. Enquiries have been made of every Town and Community Council within the Vale of Glamorgan area and the responses received have been:

Barry Town Council

Cowbridge with Llanblethian Town Council

Llantwit Major Town Council

Penarth Town Council

Colwinston Community Council

Dinas Powys Community Council

Ewenny Community Council

Llancarfan Community Council

Llandough Community Council

Llandow Community Council

Llanfair Community Council

Llangan Community Council

Llanmaes Community Council

Michaelston-le-Pit and Leckwith Community Council

Pendoylan Community Council

Penllyn Community Council

Peterston-Super-Ely Community Council

St. Athan Community Council

St. Brides Major Community Council

St. Donats Community Council

St. Georges and St. Brides-Super-Ely Community Council

St. Nicholas and Bonvilston Community Council

Sully and Lavernock Community Council

Welsh St. Donats Community Council

Wenvoe Community Council

Wick Community Council

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

 

 

Will be live soon

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

 

Yes

Yes

 

 

Yes

Yes

 

 

 

Yes

   
   
  1. A search was carried out for the 8 Community Councils for which a response was not received to ascertain if they had websites.
  2. The following Community Councils have websites:
  • Dinas Powys Community Council
  • Penllyn Community Council
  • St. Brides Major Community Council
  • Sully and Lavernock Community Council
  • Welsh St. Donat's Community Council.
  • Wenvoe Community Council
  1. Websites were unable to be found for:
  • St. Donats Community Council
  • Ewenny Community Council

Resource Implications (Financial and Employment)

  1. None.

Sustainability and Climate Change Implications

  1. None.

Legal Implications (to Include Human Rights Implications)

  1. As set out in the body of the report.

Crime and Disorder Implications

  1. None.

Equal Opportunities Implications (to include Welsh Language issues)

  1. None.

Corporate/Service Objectives

  1. To ensure a Standards Committee is constituted in accordance with Welsh Assembly Government Regulations.

Policy Framework and Budget

  1. Not applicable.

Consultation (including Ward Member Consultation)

Relevant Scrutiny Committee

  1. None.

Background Papers

Contact Officer

Mr. C. Hope (10446) 709855

e-mail: democratic@valeofglamorgan.gov.uk

Officers Consulted

None.

Responsible Officer:

Ms. D. Marles, Monitoring Officer

3

Share on facebook Like us on Facebook