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Meetings and agendas
 
The Parish Council usually meets on the second Wednesday of each month at 7.00pm in Grassmoor Community Centre. A public forum is held at 6.30pm prior to each meeting. Please confirm dates with the Parish Clerk before attending.
 
 
   The dates of the meetings for 2015 onwards and the agendas are given below  
 

 

 
   Attending meetings  
 
The Parish Council meets on the second Wednesday of each month at 7.00 pm in Grassmoor Community Centre. A public forum is held at 6.30 pm prior to each meeting.

The Parish Council is keen to encourage public participation in its activities, including Parish Council meetings. Meetings of the Parish are open to the public except on the rare occasions where for reasons of confidentiality, it is necessary for the public to be formally excluded from the meeting. This note is designed to help you should you wish to attend a Parish Council meeting.
 
     
   When and where does the Parish Council meet?  
 
The Parish Council meets on the second Wednesday of every month except August when there is no meeting. A public forum is held at 6.30pm prior to every meeting. The meetings of the Parish Council formally commence at 7.00pm.

Meetings of the Parish Council are held in Meeting Room No. 1, Grassmoor Community Centre, New Street, Grassmoor, S42 5EL. Telephone 01246 857900.
 
     
   When should you attend?  
 
Members of the public are welcome to attend all meetings of the Parish Council. The public can attend all the proceedings of the Council except those deemed to be of a confidential nature. Should confidential business be discussed, you will be asked to leave the meeting for the duration of the confidential item. However, you should be aware that you do not have the right to speak at meetings unless you are invited to do so by the Council. If you have been invited to speak at a Parish Council meeting, please make yourself known to the Clerk or Chairman, if possible prior to the start of the meeting.

The Parish Council holds a public forum at 6.30pm prior to the start of every meeting. Members of the public are welcome to attend the forum and can speak to Members of the Parish Council on any matters relating to the Parish. You need not give notice of your intention to attend or the subject matter you wish to discuss. However, in order that the Council can assist you and hopefully provide you with a positive response, it would be useful to have advance notice of your attendance and also the subject matter. Please do so by contacting the Clerk to the Parish Council. Details of how to contact the Clerk can be found by clicking here.
 
     
   Planning issues  
 
Perhaps the most common reason for members of the public attending Parish Council meetings is planning issues. As with other issues, the public are welcome to attend meetings to discuss planning applications. Planning applications are considered in the main part of the Parish Council meeting when the public cannot speak (again unless invited to do so).

The Parish Council would ask members of the public who attend Parish Council meetings on planning issues to bear in mind the following points:
 
 
  • The Parish Council is not the planning authority and they therefore do not decide on planning matters. The Parish Council are only consultees. North East Derbyshire District Council determine planning applications and the District Council can either take on board Parish Council comments or ignore them.

  • If you have objections to make regarding a planning application you should write to the North East District Council Planning Officer and not the Parish Council. You may of course write on planning matters to the Parish Council but these will not be passed on to the District Council. Details of how to contact the District Council can be found by clicking here.

  • The Parish Council can only object to an application on valid planning grounds. Please be assured that the Parish Council will listen to your comments. However, some issues which may appear important may not be legal grounds for objection and therefore cannot be submitted.

  • It may be necessary for any Members of the Parish Council who are also District Councillors, to withdraw from the meeting where planning matters are discussed.
 
     
 
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