Taking Part in Council Meetings

The Council encourages members of the Public to attend meetings. If you wish to speak at a meeting, the Council will suspend its work for a time to allow you to speak. This is normally early in the Agenda. Once this item has passed, the Council will not normally allow members of the Public to address the Council. If you wish to speak to the Council, or ask questions of the Council, then please speak to the Clerk, who will let you know how to go about this.

Register of Members Interests

Parish and Town Councillors are required by law to register, and keep up to date, certain disclosable pecuniary interests in the Parish or Town Council’s Register of Members’ Interests. This is available for public inspection by Calderdale Council at the Town Hall, Halifax during normal office hours. In addition, the registered information has to be published on Calderdale Council’s website and on the Parish or Town Council’s website. (http://www.calderdale.gov.uk/council/democracy/parish/search/index.jsp )

Legal Foundations

Ripponden Parish Council was a ‘successor council’ to Ripponden Urban District Council, and was established by an Act of Parliament in 1973. The Council’s Powers are derived from this Act. Further Acts have sought to establish the responsibilities and powers of Parish Councils, and a full list is available from DEFRA. While the term ‘Parish Council’ has been used since the 11th Century, there has been no link between the Church and Parish Councils since 1894. Parish Councils are established as the lowest level of Local Government. A list of Parish Council powers and responsibilities is shown at DEFRAs website [www.defra.gov.uk/rural/pdfs/communities/PPow-dutylist.pdf ]

Parish Grant Scheme

Ripponden Parish Council has a limited budget for the award of grants to local groups and organisations. The Council can only award grants using certain legal powers; specific powers allow the Council to provide funding for specific activities or projects which Members feel will be of benefit to the Ripponden Parish. Where no specific power is available, the Council may decide to use its power under Section 137 of the Local Government Act 1972, to award a grant, where it feels that to do so will benefit some or all of its residents or some or all of the area.

Grant applications are considered at Full Council meetings and, therefore, applications and any supporting documentation must be received at least 10 days before a meeting to allow the Clerk to check that the Council’s grants criteria has been met. Please read the Parish Grant Scheme – Terms of Reference in Parish Council Documents before applying for a grant.

Town and Parish Councils

Both Town and Parish Councils have the same status. The only difference is between the person who chairs a meeting: a Parish Council meeting is chaired by the Chairman of the Council; a Town Council meeting is chaired by the Town Mayor.

Principal Authorities

Calderdale Metropolitan Borough Council has responsibility for most of the services delivered in Ripponden such as: education, roads, social care etc. For example, the Parish Council is consulted on planning matters, but Calderdale (as the Planning authority) has final responsibility for deciding on proposals and controlling development.