The Council's Role
Like all Community Councils in Wales, members of St Arvans Council have an interest
in the well being of the community and volunteer their time as councillors.
The council sees itself as having a major role of consulting the community on local issues, making known the views of St Arvans residents to the unitary authority and other public bodies and being the hub of communication on matters affecting the village.
It is the duty of Monmouthshire County Council to consult
Community Councils on how local services are delivered and other issues
affecting the neighbourhood. Community Councils have the right to be consulted
on any planning applications in their areas and are also kept informed about
St. Arvans Community Council (SACC) can comprise eight Councillors. Elections are usually held every four years. Nomination papers are sent to the Clerk for distribution and the completed forms are returned to Monmouthshire County Council (MCC). If more than eight applications are received, an election is held; if eight or less, then those candidates are automatically elected. Vacancies may be filled through co-option.
St. Arvans Community Council has 5 Advisory Groups. Individual councillors can belong to one or more of these groups.
Group meetings take place prior to the main monthly meetings. This allows for lengthier discussion on subjects than can be experienced at the monthly meeting, visits by MCC officers or other interested parties, site visits etc. No council decisions are made at these group meetings but recommendations are made to the whole Council, usually in the form of a written report in advance of the meeting. This can assist with the management of what can be lengthy agenda.
The chairman of each group is chosen by the group itself, with the exception of the Finance Group as the Chairman of the Council usually takes the role
The groups are:
- Planning Advisory Group (PAG)
- Highways Advisory Group (HAG)
- Environment and Recreation Advisory Group (ERAG)
- Finance Group. The clerk, who is also the Responsible Financial Officer, attends these meetings.
- Communications and Community Engagement Advisory Group (formed originally to help with the start of the website and now meets less frequently as relevant subjects arise). The clerk is usually invited to attend these meetings.
Freedom of Information
The Council has accepted the Model Publication Scheme approved by the Information Commissioner. A list of documents available to the public, and where they can be found, is available by clicking here.