Parish council and council committee meetings are open to the public and the press and in the main would appear to be somewhat stuffy affairs where key topics of discussion often centre on dog fouling, litter and parking issues.

Parish councils produce a list of their meetings throughout the council year and although there may be a few hardy community minded stalwarts that do attend the reality is most council meetings attract little or no attendance from members of the public and committee meetings even less.

However the advent of the right to film or record has changed matters. A poorly run council meeting with badly behaved councillors can only reflect badly on the council as a whole.

This guide is for Town and Parish Councillors to assist in the understanding that the Chairman does have an effective sanction.


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The legal background

Potential areas of strife




New Councillors

The Nolan principles

Sometimes it just goes wrong

So why did it all go wrong

The Chairman’s only effective sanction


This guide is indicative and not definitive, it is not intended to be a comprehensive list of legal requirements.


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