5. Parish Council Membership

5.1 Some Borough Councillors are also Parish or Town Councillors. This may present problems where the Parish or Town Council is consulted on an application or policy matter especially if the Councillor comes under pressure to indicate support or objection to a proposal in advance of a decision by the Planning Committee or Council, Cabinet or Full Council.

5.2 It is possible that a Councillor in this position could vote in a different way at the Planning Committee, Cabinet or Full Council meeting when all relevant information is available in the officers report.

5.3 Borough Councillors who serve both Councils are advised;
  • That Councillors should clearly explain to Parish and Town Councils that they do not form a view upon planning applications or planning policy until the relevant information is before them at a formal meeting of the Borough Council, Cabinet or Planning Committee.
  • That they can continue to offer advice and assistance when planning matters are considered by the Parish Council but they should avoid giving any indication of support or objection in advance of a decision by the Borough Council. In particular, they should emphasise to Parish/Town Councils that in the organisation of Parish Town Council business the impartiality of Borough Councillors must not be prejudiced by the Parish/Town Council requiring or expecting Borough Councillors to speak or vote on planning matters or in any other way to express a view on a proposal in advance of a decision by the Borough Council.
  • That they can pass on the views of the Parish Council and explain the reasons for those views when the Borough Council considers the application.
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