A huge leap forwards in Communications.

Home » Newsroom » A huge leap forwards in Communications.
10654014-old-paper-conflagrant-candle-and-feather-with-inks-vector-illustration

In an historic move the Government has amended the regulations that control the summonsing of local councillors to meetings. From January 30th 2015 these may now be sent by email.

I suspect a number of you may be wondering why this is news. It is a complicated, and long, story!

When a Parish Councillor is advised of a Council meeting and given the agenda it is not a request but a summons. It is the nature of summonses that they must be delivered directly to the recipient. This has meant in practice that the Clerk has had to hand deliver them to the 11 councillors every month. Even those Councillors who receive the paperwork electronically still had to get a paper instruction to attend.

For those of you with a legalistic bent the change comes in The Local Government (Electronic Communication) (England) order 2015, Section 4, Paragraph10, sub-section (20 (b) (ii) and states:
'where a member has given consent for the summons to be transmitted in an electronic form to a particular electronic address (and consent has not been withdrawn) sending it to that electronic address' is now deemed an appropriate method.

It seems that the original rules were in an Act passed in 1972 when even the word 'internet' had not yet been invented. But if the world of electronic communications has moved at a whirlwind pace, the world of government has moved in a rather more stately fashion. Well — one has to make sure that the wording is just right!!

Perhaps the best comment should be left to our Parish Clerk, who, in his email to Councillors, just said "AT LAST!"

popular recent storiesAlso in the news

Unknown cat2
Tue 26 May 5:21pm  |  hits: 374

We have been contacted by a local resident on the High Street to enquire whether anyone has lost a cat......he appears to be very slow....but has been fed and watered to keep him comfortable for now...Responses to this articleGemma Droughton Tiger is my in-laws' cat — he's getting on in years (approaching 19 if my sums are correct), but likes to keep an eye on the neighbourhood...

flytipping again
Mon 01 Jun 6:00am  |  hits: 322

We received this recently from a resident"Further you your post on fly tipping, this is another incident, on Broomheath Lane , leaving the farmer with a bill to arrange disposal Absolutely...

Martin Lloyd With Obelisk jpg
Tue 26 May 6:00am  |  hits: 288

As a part of the Woodland's recent Plant Sale, Caroline Gregson has donated a very fine plant support. It is a spiral obelisk, approximately 5 feet tall, with a woven bird sitting on the top, sculptured in willow. My photograph certainly does not do it justice! For those unfamiliar with Caroline's work, I suggest you simply Google her name, "Caroline...