About Horton Parish Council

The Council

Horton Parish Council consists of four elected Councillors who are assisted by the Parish Clerk.

The currently elected Councillors are:

Name Role E-Mail Contact Telephone
Jim Fannon Councillor (Chair) This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 01454 313119
David Morgan Councillor This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 01454 322248
Kate Harrison Councillor This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  01454 318942
 Ian Fotheringham              Councillor   01454 314861
John Hatherell Councillor This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 01454 325952
Pat Trull Cotswold Edge Ward Councillor This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Jo Baker Clerk to the Council This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

In order to qualify as a candidate, a person must be resident in the Parish and a registered voter.  The councillors are elected for a period of four years.  The position is unpaid. If, at the time of the election, the number of persons standing is less than or equal to the number of vacant posts, there is no election and they are elected "unopposed".  All Councillors are required to complete a Declaration of Interests in the Parish which is published on the South Gloucestershire website.  In addition, Councillors are required to declare any interest which may influence their decision making at the start of each meeting.

In the event of a Councillor resigning during his/her term of office, or failing to attend six meetings in a row, then a "Casual Vacancy" arises.  This is then advertised and depending on the amount of interest in the position, the Parish Council can decide to "Co-Opt" a person on to the Council.  He/she remains in post until the next election.

Council Meetings

Horton Parish Council meets approximately every eight weeks on a Wednesday at the Village Hall.  The agenda for each meeting must be published at least three days prior to the meeting and in the case of the Annual General Meeting, five days.  All Parish Council meetings are open to anyone who is on the Electoral Roll to attend as an observer.  However, in line with all Council meetings, only those formally invited to contribute may speak.  This can sometimes be in relation to representations over a planning application (see below, to provide further information to help the Council decide on what comments to make for instance).  It is up to the Chair of the meeting to decide if a person may speak.

The Parish Council receives notification of all Planning Applications submitted to South Gloucestershire Council and has a right to comment upon them and have the views taken into consideration by the Planning Officer and Planning Committee in their decision making.  Because the Parish Councillors are all local residents, they know the village and take into account residents' opinions and feelings when replying to Consultations.

The Annual General Meeting of the Parish Council and the Annual Parish Meeting are held once a year in May.  At the Parish Meeting, anyone has the right to raise a matter without prior notice.

Finance

The Parish Council is funded by the "Precept" - details of which appear on Council Tax Demands issued by South Gloucestershire Council in March each year.  The Parish Council sets its own budget from which it has to meet its expenditure.

Under rules introduced in 2015, all Parish Council expenditure over £100 must be approved and minuted at a Council meeting.  In addition, the results of the Annual Audit must be published along with the Accounts.  Approved Minutes will also be published.  All published documents can be found in the Documents section of this website.

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