GENERAL

The Parish Council has appointed a number of working groups to carry out some of the functions of the council. These groups have limited powers to make decisions and are usually focussed on particular areas of responsibility (such as the Cemeteries Working Group), or on tasks with a limited lifetime (such as the Standing Orders Working Group).

The Council currently has six Working Groups. These are the Cemeteries; Travel Tokens; Communications; Climate Change Emergency; Standing Orders and Human Resources Working Groups. More information about each group can be found below.

The Council also has a separate group running the Carnival, and is involved in supporting residents working on a Neighbourhood Plan.

CEMETERIES

The Cemeteries working group oversees the running of Bishopstoke Cemetery and the maintenance of the two closed churchyards at St Mary's and Old St Mary's. It will also be responsible for the setting up and running of the new Stoke Common Cemetery as and when that comes to the Council.

 

The group looks at potential changes in regulations, at any improvements that might be needed and oversees any maintenance work that is required. The group is currently advised and assisted by Mrs Taylor, although that role is soon to be taken over by Mrs Wilkie, the new Cemeteries Officer.

The group's Lead Member is Cllr Parker-Jones. Other group members are Cllrs Brown, Dean, Toher and Winstanley.

 

The terms of reference for the group can be found here.

 

Information about anything to do with the Cemeteries and the Closed Churchyards can be found either at the Cemeteries page of this website, or by emailing cemeteries@bishopstokepc.org.

TRAVEL TOKENS

The Travel Tokens working group oversees the running of the Parish Council Travel Tokens Scheme.

 

The scheme provides tokens to any resident of Bishopstoke that does not have access to a family car and is not able to use a bus service. This could be due to the applicant being physically unable to get on a bus, but it could also be due to the applicant living sufficiently far enough from a bus route that they are unable to make the journey to the bus stop.  There is no age restriction on the applicant - provided that both criteria are met then ANY resident of Bishopstoke could be eligible for Travel Tokens, which can then be used with certain local taxi firms, or community services such as Bishopstoke & Fair Oak Good Neighbours, to pay for travel as and when they need it.

The group's Lead Member is Cllr Toher. Other group members are Cllrs Dean, Moore, Parker-Jones and Thornton, as well as the Clerk.

 

The terms of reference for the group can be found here.

 

Information about anything to do with the Travel Tokens scheme can be found either at the Travel Tokens page of this website, or by emailing tokens@bishopstokepc.org.

COMMUNICATIONS

The Communications & Engagement working group oversees the Parish Council newsletter, noticeboards and Facebook use.

 

The group helps to provide and check content for the newsletter. It also oversees the Parish Council website and the Council's policy on social media use.

The group's Lead Member is Cllr Winstanley. Other group members are Cllr Francis and the Clerk.

 

The terms of reference for the group can be found here.

For more information please email the Clerk.

HUMAN RESOURCES

The Human Resources group oversees Parish Council staffing and the appraisal process.

 

The group looks at staffing levels and determines whether the Council requires more or fewer staff. The group also oversees the appraisal of all Council staff, which is performed by the Clerk, and in particular performs the appraisal of the Clerk.

The group's Lead Member is the Chair of the Parish Council and the remainder of the group consists of the Vice Chair and the various Committee Chairs.

 

The terms of reference for the group can be found here.

For more information please email the Clerk.

CLIMATE CHANGE EMERGENCY

The Climate Change Emergency group is considering the role of the Parish Council with regard to climate change and the environment, and looking at what measures could and should be taken by the Council going forward.

 

The Parish Council joined a number of Councils up and down the country in July 2019 by Declaring a Climate Change Emergency. As a result this working group was appointed to look at how the Council can change its own practices, and support local residents, in reducing our impact on the world around us.

The group's Lead Member is Cllr Tidridge. Other group members are Cllrs Brown, Dean and Winstanley. 

 

The draft terms of reference for the group can be found here.

For more information please email Cllr Tidridge.

STANDING ORDERS

The Standing Orders group looks each year at the Council's Standing Orders and Financial Regulations to ensure that they remain up to date and reflect both current legislation and best practice.

 

The group's members are Cllrs Greenwood, Parker-Jones, Thornton and Winstanley. 

 

The terms of reference for the group can be found here.

For more information please email the Clerk.

Working Groups

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