BETCHWORTH PARISH COUNCIL CONSTITUTION
Betchworth Parish Council consists of seven councillors elected every four years. Mole Valley District Council maintains the Register of Electors.
Betchworth Parish Council's vision is "to ensure Betchworth continues to be a vibrant rural village with a strong community spirit, where everybody matters. The aim is for Betchworth to be a prosperous, safe and attractive place in which to live and work for the present generation, and for generations to come".
The purpose of the Council is to work within its statutory powers to maintain and enhance the village's public amenities, and to help the people of Betchworth to improve their quality of life, in accordance with the Council's vision, and to work in partnership with Mole Valley District Council and Surrey County Council.
The Council will exercise all its powers and duties in accordance with the law and this Constitution, and utilise itís limited budget to achieve the greatest good for the community.
Councillors agree to follow the Council's Code of Conduct, which is overseen by the Monitoring Officer at Mole Valley District Council.
The Council's administrative affairs are dealt with by the Parish Clerk who is a part time employee of the Parish Council, and will normally fulfill the role of Responsible Financial Officer.
The Council meets in public on the first Monday of each month in the Hamilton Room, Church Street at 8pm except when this is a Bank Holiday, when alternative arrangements are made.
The Council sets up committees to deal with specific matters that require more extensive consideration. These consist of at least two nominated Councillors, who may co-opt other, appropriate members, including non-elected representatives. Currently there are three such committees:
a) Betchworth Quarry Action Group b) Childrenís Holiday Activities c) Finance
The Council operates a freedom of information policy and publishes its agendas and minutes on the parish notice board. Any member of the public can inspect Council papers and attend Council or committee meetings. They may also inspect the Council's accounts and make their views known to the external auditor.
Updated and Approved 1/11/04