Elections & Local Democracy
Filey Town Council were very proactive in the run up to the local elections held on 7 May 2015 with prospective candidates being invited to attend a presentation on the role of being a Town Councillor held on 9 March 2015 together with the Clerk and members of the Town Council. The Clerk also made herself available for individual meetings to discuss the role and responsibilities of being a Filey Town Councillor with prospective candidates.
Filey Town Council displayed all election notices on both the Town Council Noticeboard and the Community Noticeboards. The Clerk attended pre-election training organised by the Elections Office at Scarborough Borough Council and offered guidance to existing members of the Town Council regarding dates for submission of election papers.
Following the local elections held on 7 May 2015 whereby 14 candidates stood for election for the Filey Wards and 12 members were duly elected:
The Primrose Valley Ward (1 seat) did not receive any nominations and therefore no election was held for this ward on 7 May 2015, however the Town Council advertised the ordinary vacancy which attracted 4 prospective candidates and at a Special Council meeting held on 3 June 2015 after each candidate being requested to give a 5 minute presentation on ‘the Role and Responsibilities of being a Filey Town Councillor representing the Primrose Valley Ward’ and selection being made by members using the absolute majority voting system, the Town Council duly elected Cllr Jacqui Houlden-Banks to fill the ordinary vacancy thus making a full complement of 13 Town Councillors on Filey Town Council.
Members of the Town Council have all signed a ‘Declaration of Office’ and to abide by the Town Council’s ‘Code of Conduct’ and have completed their Register of Interests which are available to view under each Town Councillor’s profile on this website.
Members of the Town Council have undertaken some training in their role as a Councillor and this process will be ongoing as part of the Town Council’s Statement of Intent for Training. An analysis of members’ training requirements has been undertaken and will be geared to the highest demand for training. The Town Council have a committed annual budget for Councillor Training.
Filey Town Councillors have all been provided with a specific Councillor folder which contains a copy of the Council’s Standing Orders, Financial Regulations, Code of Conduct, Policies and a copy of the ‘Good Councillor’s Guide’.
Filey Town Councillors are all provided with an identification badge and lanyard to highlight that they are members of the Town Council and this gives clear indication that when they are out and about in Filey and attending civic events, they are easily identifiable as Town Councillors to members of the public.
If you are interested in learning more about the role of being a Town Councillor, please contact the Town Clerk, Mrs Gina Robinson on 01723 514498 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Filey Town Council promotes local democracy to its electorate and welcomes members of the public to come and speak at council meetings. The Council Offices are accessible via a new platform lift. Filey Town Councillors are always available to provide advice and information to local people and do their very best to support local issues.
Filey Town Council has embraced the Openness of Local Government Bodies Regulations 2014 as part of the Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014 and is now filming and recording council meetings which are displayed on the council’s website for members of the public to view on their own electronic devices, thus enhancing the work of the Town Council for those unable to attend council meetings. Filey Town Council through its publication scheme makes available a range of documents available on its website for members of the public to view in the interests of openness and transparency.
The Town Council provides access to the local press and community magazine to highlight council activities and also publishes a council quarterly newsletter to all households in Filey, Primrose Valley, Hunmanby Gap, Royal Oak and Airey Hill and is also available on its website. The Town Council publishes an Annual Report which is available at the Annual Parish Meeting, Filey Library and The Evron Centre and gives a detailed overview of the work of the Town Council.
The Town Council appoints council representatives to sit on local groups and organisations with a reporting mechanism to the full council so that all members of the Town Council are kept informed regarding local activities. Members invite members of the community and representatives from local groups and organisations to sit on a variety of working parties to undertake local projects.
The Town Council has worked with local schools and has invited students from the Student Council at Filey School to identify issues in the town, bring them to a full council meeting and for the students to debate the issues and understand the reasoning behind why the Town Council s able or unable to take any action or whether the issue can be referred to another authority.
The Town Council staff are always available to answer many local enquiries from both residents and visitors and are a ‘Just Ask’ information point. In the Filey area there are three tiers of local authorities, Filey Town Council as the first Tier, Scarborough Borough Council as the District Council and North Yorkshire County Council as the County Council and therefore members of the public find it confusing to know which authority is responsible for individual services and functions.
The Town Council works in partnership with both Scarborough Borough Council and North Yorkshire County Council and has regular walkabouts and liaison meetings to address local issues.
The Town Council has signed a ‘Local Council Parish Charter’ with Scarborough Borough Council and has also signed a ‘Memorandum of Understanding’ for Filey Country Park. The Town Mayor & Mayoress attend many public functions and invitations and the Town Mayor regularly gives speeches and presentations to highlight the work of the Town Council and the town of Filey to encourage members of the public to put themselves forward to stand for election as Filey Town Councillors.