All meetings of the Parish Council are open to the public and press, except for those (very rare) occasions when it is deemed to be appropriate to exclude the public and press, by a Resolution in accordance with Standing Orders.

Ordinary Meetings of the Council are usually held on the first Tuesday of each month, except when this coincides with a public holiday. Unless otherwise stated, the Ordinary Meetings are held in the Silverdale Institute, Spring Bank, Silverdale, LA5 0TE commencing at 7.00pm.

List of Ordinary Meeting Dates 2023-2024
5th December, 9th January, 6th February, 2nd April, 7th May, 4th June, 2nd July, 6th August, 3rd September, 1st October, 5th November, 3rd December.

The Annual Parish Council Meeting is held on the first Tuesday in May, except where it coincides with a public holiday. In the year of an election (every four years) the Annual Parish Council Meeting is held on the fourth day following the day of election, or within fourteen days thereafter.

The Annual Parish Meeting (not to be confused with the Annual Parish Council Meeting) is usually held in March, although it can be held at any time between 1st March and 1st June. In the interests of clarity, this meeting is often called “The Parish Assembly”, as it involves a coming-together of many factions of the community. Because of the large, and sometimes vociferous, involvement of the public, this meeting is usually held in the Gaskell Memorial Hall, Emesgate Lane, Silverdale.

Notices

There is currently a Parish Council noticeboard outside the Gaskell Memorial Hall. This gives at least three clear days notice, and the agenda, for any forthcoming meeting of the Parish Council, and at least seven clear days notice of the Annual Parish Meeting. It also displays the unconfirmed Minutes of the previous meeting. There is also a notice board on the Children’s playing field on Cove Road, where matters pertaining to the playground are displayed. The same notices should appear on this website.

Local Government Act 2000

In accordance with section 51 of the Act, Silverdale Parish Council adopted the Model Code of Conduct on December 4th 2001 and all members have signed statutory Undertakings to comply with the provisions of the Code. In accordance with section 81 of the Act, a register of Members’ Interests has been established by Lancaster City Council and this may be inspected at Lancaster Town Hall. A photocopy of the Register entries may be inspected at any Ordinary Meeting of Silverdale Parish Council, or by prior arrangement with the Clerk.

Freedom of Information Act 2005

On 1st January 2009, Silverdale Parish Council adopted the “Model Publication Scheme for Local Councils”, produced in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act 2005 and has published details of  information held in accordance with that scheme, as follows:

INFORMATION AVAILABLE FROM SILVERDALE PARISH COUNCIL

UNDER THE MODEL PUBLICATION SCHEME

 

INFORMATION HOW THE INFORMATION CAN BE OBTAINED
CLASS 1

WHO WE ARE AND WHAT WE DO

Organisational information, councillor and clerk contacts, working groups Parish Council website
CLASS 2

WHAT WE SPEND AND HOW WE SPEND IT

Annual return form and report by auditor Parish Council website
Finalised Budget Parish Council website
Precept Parish Council website
Financial Standing Orders and Regulations Parish Council website
List of current contracts awarded and value of contract Hard copy from The Clerk
Councillor allowances and expenses Parish Council website
CLASS 3

OUR PRIORITIES

Annual Parish Assembly Report Parish Council website
Silverdale Village Plan Parish Council website
CLASS 4

HOW WE MAKE DECISIONS

Timetable of meetings Parish Council website
Agendas of meetings Parish Council website
Minutes of meetings (excluding information that is properly regarded as private to the meeting) Parish Council website
Working group reports and other reports presented to council meetings (excluding information that is properly regarded as private to the meeting) Parish Council website
Responses to consultation papers Parish Council website
Responses to planning applications Lancaster City Council website

https://www.lancaster.gov.uk/planning/view-applications-and-decisions

CLASS 5

POLICIES AND PROCEDURES

Procedural Standing Orders Parish Council website
Working group or committee Terms of Reference Parish Council website
Delegated Authority in respect of officers Parish Council website
Code of Conduct Parish Council website
Policy Statements Parish Council website
CLASS 6

LISTS AND REGISTERS

Any publicly available register or list, including Playground inspections Parish Council website
Assets Register Parish Council website
Register of Members’ Interests Parish Council website
CLASS 7

SERVICES WE OFFER

Trusts and Charities, including the Playground and areas of woodland owned by the Parish Council for public recreation Parish Council website
Seating and streetscape Parish Council website
Public Conveniences Parish Council website
SCHEDULE OF CHARGES if any information is not accessible through the Parish Council website
Postage Actual costs of Royal Mail 2nd class
Photocopies 10p per page plus labour (depending on the amount required)
CONTACT DETAILS The Clerk Mrs Denise Challenor, Tanglewood, New Barns Close, Arnside, Cumbria LA5 0BL

Tel: 01524 761824

E: clerk@silverdale-pc-lancs.gov.uk