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The Chair invited Members to comment and seek clarifications on the questionnaire responses.
Members made comments and asked questions as follows:
· It was important for information to be provide to residents so that they understand the different responsibilities between TDC and the parish and town councils; particularly that extra services would be given to parishes that paid for those extra services;
· Clarity on what the precept was used for;
· The district Council comms team could provide that level of support for putting together information to share with residents;
· A skills audit could be done for all parish and town councils and then identify where the support could be provided to parishes;
· Asset transfer processes seem to be taking too long;
· There was also a suggestion at one of the sessions for a return of the Parish Forum;
· It had been suggested that a strictly controlled and controlled agenda could be established for a new Parish Forum if it was to be set up;
· A developmental role for a middle level TDC officer(s) could be established for Corporate Director’s representative(s) and that role would be interacting with parish and town councils;
· There was a suggestion for more generic circulation similar to The Loop that could be produced for parishes;
· After every Local Government election, the district council could identify areas where newly parish and town councils could take part in induction training, for example planning training;
· Opening up to parish and town councils to what is already available would be a positive way forward;
· For collaborative working to work well, there is a need for buy in by the parishes and the district council needed to be clear about what it wanted out of this collaborative arrangement;
· It was important for TDC to listen to the feedback coning form the parishes and building a transparent relationship between the two tiers.
Officers responded to Member comments and questions as follows:
· The annual residents survey is usually used to explain the various services being provided by the council;
· Residents have largely shown interest in getting their bins collected and keeping their areas safe;
· The parishes that asked for the extra precept could also take the lead in explaining to residents what they were using that for;
· Having a dedicated officer as the contact between TDC and parishes was in principle a good idea, but the big issue was resourcing such a role;
· The Waste Collection department held weekly meetings with town councils and the main areas of interest for these councils were waste collection and open spaces;
· These sessions could be extended to other parish councils if they wished to take part in such an arrangement;
· Town and Parish Clerks could attend and discuss other areas of interest to the parishes;
· Enforcement and Open Spaces teams were also represented at these meetings;
· Town Clerks could request representatives from other TDC services to attend on an ad hoc basis;
· During covid, TDC hosted weekly meetings with parishes (Parish Conference Calls) and there was a ... view the full minutes text for item 10.