The purpose of this publication scheme is to show what classes of Council information are available routinely. The scheme has not yet been approved by the council and hence may change.
In some cases a class of information sets out a range of information which is excluded from publication. Where that is the case the reasons behind the decision to exclude are clearly stated. Excluded throughout this scheme is general correspondence sent or received by councils and all information relating to private individuals by virtue of it being personal data under the Data Protection Act 1998.
In certain classes a limitation on the age of some documents has also been stipulated. For the avoidance of doubt this does not mean information beyond that date cannot be obtained, it simply indicates that it is not available as a matter of course within the model publication scheme.
Charges may be raised for the provision of copies of the documents/information listed in each of the classes.
CORE CLASSES OF INFORMATION
1) COUNCIL INTERNAL PRACTICE AND PROCEDURE
2) CODE OF CONDUCT
3) PERIODIC ELECTORAL REVIEW
This is information concerning changes to the electoral arrangements for parish, town and community councils. It includes recommendations for the creation of new wards, the amendment of existing wards, proposals for the names of new wards and alterations to the number of councillors to be elected to the council.
4) EMPLOYMENT PRACTICE AND PROCEDURE
Exclusions: ‘personal records’ i.e. appraisals, employee specific salary details, disciplinary records, sickness records and the like by virtue of being personal data under the Data Protection Act 1998.
5) PLANNING DOCUMENTS
Exclusions: Copies of planning consultations, the Development Plan, Structure Plan, Local Plan and Rights of Way/Footpath maps all of which are available from the local planning and/or highway authority respectively.
6) AUDIT AND ACCOUNTS
Exclusions: All commercially sensitive information e.g. quotations and tenders, loan documentation and insurance policies. With regard to quotations and tenders, this information is treated as confidential to ensure that the whole tender process is fair i.e. if tender information is released to a third party prior to the end of the tender period those who initially submitted tenders could be undercut and/or unfairly disadvantaged.
1) Information obtained by appointment with the Clerk:-
2) Information available from BANES Council:- Charged by them at their respective rates.
3) Information available from the Parish Council website:- Free.