In accordance with the Openness of Local Government Regulations 2014, a record of certain decisions taken by officers of the Council under delegated authority will be published on this page for public inspection.
Specific authority delegated to officers, usually the Clerk, to make a decision on behalf of the Council, is recorded in each case as a resolution in the minutes of Council meetings (references given below) and a written record of each decision taken is retained in the Council’s paper files. From time to time, authority may also be delegated to the Clerk to take a decision, but subject to consultation with relevant members of the Council, usually the Chairman of Council, or Chairman of the appropriate committee. A written record of this consultation will be retained in the Council’s paper files.
Under the Council’s Financial Regulations, the Clerk, in conjunction with the Chairman of Council, or Chairman of the appropriate committee, has delegated authority to incur expenditure on revenue items below £500. The Clerk also has delegated authority to incur expenditure up to a limit of £500 if urgently required (eg for repairs to assets), and may authorise the payment of items – (1) if payment is necessary to avoid a charge to interest under the Late Payment of Commercial Debts (interest) Act 1998 and the due date for payment is before the next scheduled meeting of Council; (2) where expenditure on the item is authorised by Council as a continuing contract or obligation; and (3) to make fund transfers within the Council’s banking arrangements.
The Clerk has delegated authority to make decisions, in conjunction with the Chairman of the Planning Committee and after consultation with the members of the Committee, with regard to planning applications, except that this authority is subject to annual review, and renewal, if thought fit by Council, at the Annual Council Meeting.
There are currently no other powers delegated to officers of the Council on a standing basis.
However, on a short term basis in 2020, pursuant to the advice of sector bodies in response to the coronavirus outbreak, powers are delegated to the Clerk on the basis of the Scheme of Delegation below:
Decisions taken by the Clerk as generally authorised under this Scheme are set out below:
Decision taken by officers of the Council as specifically authorised by resolution are set out in the document below: