The first Council in Thirsk came into being as Thirsk Parish Council in December 1894 as a result of the Local Government Act of that year. The Local Government Act of 1972 gave Parish Councils the opportunity to change titles and Thirsk opted for its present title of Thirsk Town Council. This change meant that the Chairman became the Mayor. The Council is responsible for managing or maintaining the following:
Thirsk Cemetery, public amenity areas and open spaces including The Holmes, Castle Garth, riverside picnic areas, Mill Gardens and St James Green, 8 play areas The Market Place Clock, St Mary's Church clock and floodlights, the Market Place bus shelter, notice boards, plaques and interpretation boards, plinths and various planters, White Mare roundabout, public seats, the Christmas tree and surrounding lights.
To prevent the closure of Millgate public toilets and provide facilities to help maintain Thirsk as a successful tourist attraction the Town council has taken over the toilets from Hambleton District Council.
The Town Council contributes to the running of the Town Hall, maintenance of Thirsk and Sowerby Flatts, the Millennium Green and Carrs Field and makes small grants to voluntary and charitable bodies.
The Council is consulted on planning applications, statutory notices and generally on issues involving Thirsk
From 1st July 2012, Thirsk Town Council has, for the purposes of Section 27(2) of the Localism Act 2011 adopted the following code of Conduct. Complaints against Councillors must in the first instance be submitted to the Council and not as previously, to Hambleton District Council Monitoring Officer Using the policy document below the Council will decide if they wish to refer the complaint to the Monitoring Officer at Hambleton District Council
Any complaint made direct to HDC will be referred back to Thirsk Town Council
CODE OF CONDUCT FOR THE MEMBERS OF THIRSK TOWN COUNCIL
Thirsk Town Council ("the Authority") has adopted the following Code for the purposes of Section 27(2) of the Localism Act 2011 dealing with the conduct that is expected of Members of the Authority when they are acting in that capacity The Code is intended to be consistent with the following seven principles, and should be read in the light of those principles, namely that Authority Members will act with selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty and leadership
You must treat others with respect
You must not intimidate or attempt to intimidate any person
You must not do anything which compromises or is likely to compromise the impartiality of anyone who works for or on behalf of the Authority
You must not conduct yourself in a manner which could reasonably be regarded as bringing the Authority, or your office as a Member of the Authority, into disrepute
You must not use or attempt to use your position as a Member improperly to confer on or secure for yourself or any other person any advantage or disadvantage and this includes discussing with other Members any matter in which you have a disclosable pecuniary interest
If you are in receipt of any gift or hospitality which is attributable to your membership of the Authority and is of a value in excess of £25, or any offer of any such gift or hospitality, you must disclose this to the Monitoring Officer; and you must decline to accept any such gift or hospitality which could reasonably be perceived as creating an obligation upon the Authority, or upon yourself as a Member of the Authority
You must not knowingly prevent, or attempt to prevent, another person from gaining access to information to which they are entitled by law
You must not disclose information which is given to you in confidence, or information which you believe or ought reasonably to be aware is of a confidential nature, unless
8.1 You have the consent of a person authorised to give it; or 8.2 You are required by law to do so; or 8.3 The disclosure is made to a third party for the purpose of obtaining professional advice, provided that the third party agrees not to disclose the information to any other person; or. 8.4 The disclosure is reasonable, in the public interest, made in good faith, and made in compliance with the reasonable requirements of the Authority
10.1 Subject to paragraph 11, you must register in the Authority's Register of Members' Interests information regarding your personal interests. In this Code of Conduct "your personal interests" means any disclosable pecuniary interest as defined by statutory regulations in force from time to time 10.2 You must register information regarding your personal interests by giving written notice to the Monitoring Officer, who maintains the Register; and you must give such notice in accordance with any statutory regulations
1 July 2012 Thirsk Town Council Policy for Investigating Complaints 1. If a complainant has provided insufficient information to make a decision as to whether the allegation should be referred for investigation or other action then no further action may be taken on the allegation. 2. If the member who is the subject of the allegation is no longer a member of the council, but is still a member of another authority the allegation may be referred to the other authority. 3. If the allegation has already been the subject of investigation or other action under the Code of Conduct or by another regulatory authority it may be considered that there is nothing more to be gained by taking further action. 4. If the allegation is trivial it may be considered not to be sufficiently serious to warrant further action. 5. If the allegation appears to be simply malicious or vexatious, politically motivated or tit-for-tat and not sufficiently serious it may be decided that no further action is warranted. 6. Anonymous allegations will only be acted upon where there is other evidence such as photographic,documentary or computer discs readily available to support the complaint, unless the allegation is of such an exceptionally serious matter that it warrants immediate action. 7. If the events forming the subject of the allegation happened more than 1 year before the allegation is made it is unlikely to be investigated.
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