There are actually very few duties of the council (what the council MUST do) set out in law. The most important duties are as follows:

  • The council MUST hold at least three meetings a year in addition to the Annual Town Council meeting
  • The council MUST elect a Chair (or Mayor) but there is no duty to elect a Deputy Chair or Mayor
  • The council has a duty of law to keep a record of its meetings and these are known as minutes
  • There are certain other procedures which the council has a duty to follow in relation to meeting procedure, such as advertising meetings to the public at least 3 clear days in advance of the meeting
  • The council has a duty to consider providing allotments if at least six members of the elctorate requests that it does so
  • The council MUST appoint a Responsible Financial Officer