Standing Orders


  1. All or part of a standing order, except one that incorporates mandatory statutory or legal requirements (highlighted in bold), may be suspended by resolution in relation to the consideration of an item on the agenda for a meeting.
  2. A motion to add to or vary or revoke one or more of the Council’s standing orders, except one that incorporates mandatory statutory or legal requirements (highlighted in bold), shall be proposed by a special motion, the written notice by at least 3 councillors to be given to the Proper Officer in accordance with standing order 9.
  3. The Proper Officer shall provide a copy of the Council’s standing orders to a councillor as soon as possible.
  4. The decision of the chairman of a meeting as to the application of standing orders at the meeting shall be final.
  5. A councillor’s failure to observe orders more than 3 times in one meeting may result in him/her being excluded from the meeting in accordance with standing orders.
  6. A councillor may seek an answer to a question convening any business of the Council provided 5 clear days’ notice of the question has been given to the Proper Officer
  7. Questions not related to items of business on the agenda for a meeting shall only be asked during the part of the meeting set aside for such questions.
  8. Every question shall be put and answered without discussion.
  9. Before exercising the power of Competence a meeting of the full Council shall have passed a resolution to confirm it has satisfied the prescribed statutory criteria required to qualify as an eligible parish council
  10. The councils period of eligibility (for Power of Competence) begins on the day before the annual meeting of the Council that takes place in a year of ordinary elections
  11. After the expiry of its preceding period of eligibility, the Council continues to be an eligible council solely for the purpose of competing any activity undertaken in the exercise of the power which was not completed before the expiry of the Councils preceding period of eligibility referred to in standing order 26 (k) above.