Localism Bill

Memorandum submitted by Selattyn and Gobowen Parish Council (L 33)

Selattyn and Gobowen Parish Council, a large Parish Council in North Shropshire have considered items included in the proposed Localism Bill currently being debated by parliament and would like to submit the following concerns.

 1. The Parish Council is not in favour of scrapping the Standards Board as it provides an external body to mediate in difficult cases and provide case law for councillors' behaviour. The Parish Council considers that Local Councils and second tier authorities are not always the best people to police themselves and an external agent is necessary.  

2.  The Parish Council consider that Local referenda will be costly and they  have concerns over who will pay the cost of setting them up in a time of economic cuts They believe that the idea will open up problems of a not in my back yard culture from certain communities even though certain developments for example an incinerator or railway station could reduce global warming which would benefit society in general.

January 2011