Here’s a list of some the most frequently helped questions – we hope the answers here point you in the right direction.
When & where does the council meet?
Council meetings are normally held on the first Wednesday of every month (except August) when you can speak in the public session on any item on the Agenda. Meetings are held at the Social Hall, Bossiney Road, Tintagel commencing at 7.00 p.m.
Can I come to Council Meetings?
Members of the community are most welcome to attend meetings of the Parish Council and any of it’s committees. The agenda for every meeting is published in advance – on our website and on the Parish Notice Boards situated at Trevena Square, the Medical Centre, Tintagel Social Hall and Trewarmett. Agendas for the monthly Parish Council meetings are displayed from the Thursday of the week prior to the meeting.
The agenda provides details of the date, start time and venue for the meeting and the business to be discussed. There may be times when the press and public have to be excluded from part of a meeting (usually towards the end of the business on the agenda) when confidential business needs to be considered but the majority of all meetings are held in ‘open session’.
At the start of Council meetings, time is set aside for members of the community to raise matters of concern or interest or ask the Council questions. It is usual that the Council will consider and answer each matter there and then but it might be necessary for an answer to be deferred if the matter has to be researched first.
If you are in any doubt or wish to have more information about coming to meetings and/or asking a question, please don’t hesitate to contact the Clerk who will be pleased to help.
How can I find out if I am eligible to vote?
You need to be on the electoral register to vote. To find out more information about the register in Cornwall and whether you are on it click here.
What are the roles and responsibilities of councillors?
Councillors are elected to represent an individual geographical unit on the council, known as a ward or – mainly in smaller parishes – the entire parish or town council area. They are generally elected by the public every four years.
Councillors have three main components to their work:
1. Decision making – Through meetings and attending committees with other elected members, councillors decide which activities to support, where money should be spent, what services should be delivered and what policies should be implemented.
2. Monitoring – Councillors make sure that their decisions lead to efficient and effective services by keeping an eye on how well things are working.
3. Getting involved locally – As local representatives, councillors have
responsibilities towards their constituents and local organisations. These
responsibilities and duties often depend on what the councillor wants to
achieve and how much time is available, and may include:
• Going to meetings of local organisations such as tenants’ associations.
• Going to meetings of bodies affecting the wider community.
• Taking up issues on behalf of members of the public.
• Running a surgery for residents to bring up issues.
• Meeting with individual residents in their own homes.
Visiting your council is the best way to find out what happens there. Give the council a call and find out when its next public meeting happens. By law, ordinary people are allowed to be present at most council business.
How can I volunteer top help out at the Visitor Centre?
We’re always looking for folks to help out – just fill in our online form by clicking here.