Buckley Town Council
Buckley Town Council
Tel: 01244 544540
A Town Council (or Community Council as they are also known) is the level of government closest to the people. These Councils are based on specific geographical areas and Buckley Town Council seeks to serve and represent the needs of the whole community of Buckley. The Town is further divided into smaller geographical areas called wards. Elections are held every four years, or, due to Welsh Assembly Government legislation a five year term from 2012 to 2017 (the most recent election being in May 2012), whereby the residents are asked to elect between two and six Councillors, dependant on which ward you live in, to represent the particular interests of their wards and the general interests of the Town. Details of the Councillors representing each ward can be found elsewhere within this web-site. There are four wards within the Town and a total of 20 members are elected and collectively they form the Town Council. The Council annually, in May, appoints one of its Councillors to the position of Town Mayor who then represents the Town Council at various events throughout the year. Town Councillors are volunteers who stand for election because they care about the community and wish to see a difference being made. They are not paid. A new members Code of Conduct was adopted by the Town Council at it's meeting held on Tuesday 22nd March 2016. A hard copy can be viewed at the council's offices any weekday between 9am and 12 noon or by clicking on this link: Members Code of Conduct
Buckley Town Councillors meet at least once a month (except August) to discuss a variety of topics relevant to the running and development of the Town. The Town Council prides itself on conducting its business in an open and transparent manner. It makes its agendas and minutes available at the public library. At every Full Council meeting held on the fourth Tuesday of each month, Buckley residents have the opportunity to observe Council business. The Public are also invited to put in written questions to the Council which are dealt with under the Public Question Time Scheme.
Buckley Town Council is one of 34 Town and Community Councils within Flintshire – it is the largest in terms of population and financial activity. The Town’s boundaries stretch from the Pren Hill on the western boundary with Argoed to Little Mountain at the eastern boundary with Penyffordd. Southwards the Town boundary with Leeswood extends to include Padeswood and the Castle Cement Works. To the north the boundary with Hawarden is at the junction of Liverpool Road and Globe Way.
The Town Council is limited in what it does by law. It does not have the extensive powers of Flintshire County Council which is the principal authority responsible for delivering most of the essential strategic day to day services within the Town. Please refer to the Flintshire County Council Directory of Services link on this site or alternatively visit the Flintshire County Council Web Site.
The Town Council’s principal role is to represent the views of its residents, businesses and other organisations in the Town and it does this by regularly debating issues at its meetings. It considers matters referred to it by the Welsh Assembly, Flintshire County Council, other public agencies, local organisations and members of the public. Sometimes these are issues on which it has a statutory right to express a view e.g. planning matters. At other times it is consulted as an interested party, for example on a future Health Authority strategy or a proposal that could affect the Commons. At other times it has to seek out information on which it feels it should have been consulted or which it would like to express an opinion on behalf of the Town e.g. policing resources to tackle crime and disorder; the removal of public telephone kiosks. Additionally, the Council regularly invites a number and variety of speakers to address the Council on matters of general interest or local significance.
To facilitate this process the Council employs a small staff to manage the Council’s legal, financial and administrative affairs and additionally they conduct the research necessary to keep the Council as fully informed as possible about the issues affecting the Town.
Buckley Town Council Code of Conduct for Town Councillors
In carrying out their duties Councillors have undertaken to be bound by the Buckley Town Council Code of Conduct. The Code requires Members to act in accordance with six general principals:
1. Promotion of Equality and Respect for Others.
2. Accountability and Openness.
3. Duty to Uphold the Law.
4. Selflessness and Stewardship.
5. Objectivity and Propriety.
In addition, in all their dealings the Code requires Councillors to consider whether they have a personal interest in any matters being considered by the Council and whether the Code of Conduct requires Councillors to disclose that interest. Failure to observe the Code can lead to a Councillor being suspended or removed from office. Copies of the Code of Conduct can be inspected at the Town Council Offices during normal working hours.
Published and Audited Accounts
All Town and Community Councils in Wales are subject to an annual internal and external Audit which ensures open accountability for the use of public funds. During this process the accounts are available for public inspection.
The Council is always concerned to ensure that public amenities within the Town are provided and maintained to appropriate standards. Therefore, whilst Flintshire County Council is the principal service provider of these services in the Town, the Town Council actively campaigns to maintain or increase standards where it is aware of deficiencies and concerns amongst the public. More particularly the Town Council:-
• Pays entirely for the cost of Christmas illuminations within the Town.
• Funds a large proportion of the Christmas street entertainment.
• Provides funds to support other events in the Town such as the Annual Fun Day, Jubilee bunting, the annual Fireworks display and summer playschemes for children.
• Provided and now maintains bus shelters where they were not previously available.
• Assists in maintaining the Remembrance Gardens and supports the annual Remembrance service
Supporting Local Organisations
The Town Council is frequently asked to support voluntary and community groups operating within the Town.
Often this may take the form of no more than a letter of support for a particular project to help that organisation attract grant funding. For example, the Town Council was pleased to provide a letter of support to help attract funding for essential remedial works needed by the Buckley Boxing Club.
On a more long-term basis, the Town Council is often asked to appoint a representative on to the committees of local organisations which are not directly related to the Council. In such cases the Council will decide whether it wishes to be represented and if so appoints a Councillor(s) to represent its views at the organisation’s meetings. This has the advantage of enabling the Council’s representative to not only advise the organisation of the views of the local community, but to feed back the aspirations of the organisation to the Town Council. In a similar way, the Town Council will also be asked to send a representative to meetings of other Public Authorities to inform those bodies of the Council’s views and to raise awareness of relevant concerns in the community of Buckley.
Financial Support to Local Organisations
Every year, the Council invites local organisations to submit applications for financial support and it regularly receives many such applications from across a significant range of social, educational, leisure, recreational, environmental and youth activity conducted by volunteers within the Town.
Does the Council give Value for Money?
The Council manages its finances carefully. It is financially stable and considers that it does provide value for money to its citizens. In 2016/17 it will raise £292,663.00 via local Council Precept which is the equivalent of £44.73 for a Band D property.
Representing the wider interests of the Community
Set out below are some of the particularly current or controversial issues previously discussed, and actions being undertaken by the Town Council.
>in partnership with Flintshire County Council, actively engaged in establishing Buckley area partnerships to involve the wider community and public agencies in delivering services on a more coordinated approach such as the new swimming baths and skateboard park;
>employs a town centre manager to coordinate activity to enhance the attractiveness of the town for businesses and shoppers
>provides and maintains public conveniences;
>introduced and extended CCTV coverage and radio links to the police;
>provided new large-face place name boards for the Town and associated communities celebrating the links to the Towns industrial past;
>supports vigorously the local community campaign to retain the whole of the commons as a public amenity;
>supports the successful campaign for restrictions to be imposed on the sale of fireworks;
>actively campaigns for repairs and improvements to the local environment and highways;
>actively campaigns for the retention and improvement of local bus services.