Specific information for Parish and Town Councils
Last updated: 06/03/2014
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Parish and town councils are key players and critical to the
success of the localism agenda given their local knowledge and
experience. Cornwall Council now needs to build on this experience
and take it forward through the localism service.
The following initiatives/projects have begun:-
Civil Parking Enforcement : Town and
Parish Council Partnership Working
St Somewhere? Example of a Neighbourhood
A number of local councils have asked what a neighbourhood
development plan might actually look like. Whilst there is no
definitive example of a neighbourhood plan Planning and
Regeneration have produced the St. Somewhere Neighbourhood Plan as
an example of what a plan might be like, purely as a general
It is hoped that this example will be of assistance and will
promote debate. Any comments, questions and useful pointers are
welcome. Further guidance will be issued if required. It is
important to note that new national guidance is regularly being
issued and that the regulations associated with the Localism Act
are not due to be published until early next year. It may well be
the case that the published regulations will therefore necessitate
an update of the St. Somewhere neighbourhood plan example, which
will come to you via future newsletters.
Active Partnering framework (A model for joint service
Building on the existing Active
Partnering framework which was developed in September 2008 to
include more services and encourage more local council
participation. Initially the focus will be on rolling out a
successful pilot scheme covering services and assets.
The framework forms the basis of the service delivery
partnership arrangements between the unitary authority and parish
and town councils at various levels of engagement, from
straightforward service monitoring through to the full devolvement
of services. The key facet of Active Partnering is that agreed
outcomes are delivered, and these will include greater local
influence and an enhanced level of service.
Cornwall Councillor Community Grant
Each Cornwall Councillor has a small grant allocation to assist
projects run by voluntary and community groups in the Cornwall
Council area they represent. The grants can be used for a wide
range of groups and activities including helping vulnerable
children or adults, helping young people, providing facilities for
older people, supporting community facilities, local environment
projects and helping projects to tackle community safety
Groups and organisations can apply for these
small grants, which range between a minimum of £100 and a maximum
of £1,000. More details and application forms are available
from Community Network Support Officers - see contact details
Organisations are advised to consult with the
local Cornwall Councillor in the first instance to ensure an
application would be supported and adequate funds are
You can find your Councillor by entering
your postcode on the my
Community Emergency Plans
It’s hard to imagine the horror of flood, severe weather or
another emergency without our blue light services, but at the very
beginning of an emergency, communities are alone. The local people
at the scene of an incident will always be there first and may have
to cope until help arrives.
After the emergency services arrive, various community resources
can help them deal with the problem and its aftermath.
And sometimes there are events that don’t seem like an
emergency, such as winter snowfall, that can put vulnerable members
of the community at risk.
A Community Emergency Plan (CEP) can help a
community prepare for an emergency and reduce its impact.
The CEP is designed as a first point of reference for help and
should assist the community in helping themselves until the
emergency services arrive. The information they contain can also be
useful in responding to smaller scale problems relating, for
example, to the local impacts of snow and ice.
Usually it’s a local town or parish council that will take the
lead in preparing a CEP and overseeing its use in an emergency.
Putting together a plan will help local councils take basic
steps to identify:
- What resources they have in their community, such as 4x4
vehicles, people with useful skills and local knowledge.
- Where to go to if there is an immediate need to evacuate and
- How to mobilise those resources and who to contact.
‘Preparing for an Emergency in the Community: Guidance on
Developing a Community Emergency Plan’
a Community Emergency Plan (CEP).
Further guidance and assistance in putting together a CEP can be
obtained from your local Community Network Manager.
Equality and Diversity Toolkit
We recognise that our communities and the people that
receive services from us all come from different backgrounds and
are all individuals, each with differing needs. So we try hard to
take that into account in the policies we adopt and the services we
provide. We aim to make sure that everyone gets treated fairly.
As a Town or Parish Council, by understanding local differences
and encouraging others to do the same, you can make your town or
parish a great place for our communities to live and work in.
Everyone can feel included and fairly treated.
It’s also a duty under the Equalities Act that everyone works to
create a way of doing things that recognizes, respects, values and
harnesses difference for the benefit of our communities.
For guidance please read the Community
Impact Assessment Toolkit or to view a completed assessment,
Day Parade by St Austell Town Council.
Event management and town and parish councils
Town and parish councils can play a key role in supporting local
events. Find out more on our event management and town and parish
councils page or see our guidance
on organising events.
Latest Publications from Department for Communities and
News for parish and town councils and useful links
Parish and town councils are kept up-to-date with
developments relating to the formation of Cornwall Council through
regular monthly newsletters.