Constitution for the Mobberley Parish Plan Steering Committee
The name of the organisation shall be the Mobberley Parish Plan Steering Committee, hereafter referred to as the Committee.
Purpose ^ v
The purpose of the Committee shall be to act on behalf of the Parish Council to carry out the following tasks:
1. Investigate and identify support for the Parish Plan.
2. Identify sources of funding.
3. Take responsibility for planning, budgeting and monitoring expenditure on the Plan and report back to the Parish Council on these matters.
4. Liaise with relevant authorities and organisations to make the Plan as effective as possible.
5. Identify ways of involving the whole community and gather the views and opinions of as many groups and organisations in the community as possible.
6. Determine the types of survey and information gathering to be used.
7. Be responsible for the analysis of the survey, the production and distribution of the final report.
8. Identify priorities and timescale for local action in the action plan, including lead organisations and potential sources of project funding.
9. To report back to the Parish Council on progress, issues arising and outcomes from the exercise.
Membership ^ v
The Committee shall comprise 12 elected or nominated members. No more than three of these members will be members of the Parish Council. The Committee may co-opt additional members at its discretion, so long as the total number of co-opted members does not exceed the number of elected members.
A person shall cease to be a member of the Committee having notified the Chair or Secretary in writing of his or her wish to resign.
Officers ^ v
The Officers of the Committee are:
Web site Manager
Meetings ^ v
The Committee shall meet every month, or as may be required. At least five clear days notice of meetings shall be given to members by written notices left at, or sent by post to the member's last known address. All notices of Committee meetings must detail the matters to be discussed.
Every matter shall be determined by a majority of votes of the Committee members present and voting. In the case of equality of votes the Chair of the meeting shall have a casting vote.
The Committee shall be quorate with a minimum of six members.
The Secretary shall keep a record of meetings in a minute book, and circulate minutes to members of the Committee not more than 14 days after each meeting.
Working groups ^ v
The Committee may appoint such working groups, as it considers necessary to carry out functions specified by the Committee. Each working group should have a nominated Chair, but this person does not have to be a member of the steering Committee.
Working groups do not have power to authorise expenditure on behalf of the Committee. Working groups will be bound by the terms of reference set out for them by the steering group.
Finance ^ v
The Treasurer shall keep a clear record of expenditure, where necessary, supported by receipted invoices.
Members of the community who are involved as volunteers with any of the working groups may claim back any expenditure that was necessarily incurred during the process of producing the Parish Plan. This could include postage and stationary, telephone calls, travel costs, childcare costs.
The Treasurer will draw up and agree with the Committee procedures for volunteers who wish to claim expenses and the rates they may claim.
The Treasurer will report back to the Committee and the Parish Council on planned and actual expenditure for the project, and liaise with the Parish Clerk to set up a petty cash system and enable cash withdrawals and payment of invoices to be made as required.
Changes to the constitution ^ v
This constitution may be altered and additional clauses may be added with the consent of two-thirds of the Committee present.
Dissolution of the Committee ^ v
Upon dissolution of the Committee any remaining funds shall be disposed of by the Committee, in accordance with the decisions reached at an Extraordinary Meeting open to the public in the area of benefit called for that purpose. No individual member of the Committee shall benefit from the dispersal.
Terms of reference for working groups ^ v
The purpose of each working group is to assist the Committee to prepare an action plan for the community. Each working group will tackle a specific issue, or set of issues, or the needs and opportunities facing a specific group of people within the community. Each working group should:
1. Clearly set out its purpose e.g. “to help young people (under 18 years) in the community identify their needs, ideas and concerns and to develop an action plan to meet these needs."
2. Outline how it will gather information and carry out consultations.
3. Set out the timescale and estimated costs of gathering information and carrying out consultations.
4. Produce a short action plan setting out:
What is proposed?
Why the action is needed
Who will be responsible for taking the action?
When will the action be taken forward?
How the action will be implemented and how much it will cost?
5. The working group must be able to demonstrate that projects it has identified have the support of the local community and show that they have, where relevant, discussed projects with other organisations that will be able to assist in carrying out the action.
6. Each working group will appoint at least one, but preferably two members, to attend the regular Committee meetings (those persons may already be members of the Committee).
7. Each working group will be responsible for organising its own meetings and must provide a summary progress report to the Committee meetings.
8. Financial expenditure in excess of £50 must be approved by the Committee. Receipted expenses for reimbursement should be passed to the steering group treasurer on a monthly basis with reasons for the expenditure clearly given.
Signed by members of the Committee: ^