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Policies, Procedures and Strategy

The Council's Standing Orders are the written rules of a local council. Standing orders are essential to regulate the proceedings of a meeting. A council may also use standing orders to confirm or refer to various internal organisational and administrative arrangements. The standing orders of a council are not the same as the policies of a council but standing orders may refer to them.

To download a copy of the latest Standing Orders applicable to Thurston, reviewed July 2021, please use this link>>

The Policies & Procedures, Protocols and Terms of Reference that have been adopted by Thurston Parish Council are available below for you to download and read:

Terms of Reference for Parish Council Committees:

Policy & Resources Committee Recreational Facilities Committee
Planning Committee

Neighbourhood Plan Working Group

Emergency Planning Committee Climate Awareness and Environment Committee

Council's Protocols: 

Thurston Parish Council supports the principles of openness and transparency. In accordance with the Openness of Local Government Bodies Regulations of 2014 it allows filming, recording and taking photographs at its meetings that are open to the public. It also allows the use of social networking websites (such as Twitter and Facebook) and blogging to communicate with people about what is happening, as it happens.

 To view the relevant documents associated with this please  click on any of the below links:-

Notice on Reporting at Meetings of the Parish Council or its Committees Thurston Engagement Strategy 2021
Member / Officer Protocol 2021 Pre-Planning Application Protocol 2021
Public Participation in Council & Committee Meetings Protocol 2021 Reporting at Council & Committee Meetings Protocol 2021 


Policies & Procedures: common to Councillors and Staff:

Accident Policy and Procedures 2021 Appeals Procedure - Annexe to Complaints Policy
Climate Awareness and Environmental Policy 2020 CIL Grant Awarding Policy 2020
CCTV Policy Data Protection Policy 2021
Complaints Policy Procedure 2021 Dispensation Policy 2021
Document & Electronic Data Retention Policy Equality and Diversity Policy 2021
Filiming & Recording at Virtual Meetings 2021 Grant Awarding Policy 2020
Grant Award Application Form Health and Safety Policy 2021
Information Security Incident Policy 2021 Internal Control Policy 2020-2021
Internet Banking Policy 2021 IT and Electronic Communication Policy 2021
Lone Worker Policy Media Policy
Playground Risk Management Policy 2021  
Privacy Notice - General 2021 Privacy Statement 2021
 Protection of Children and Vulnerable Persons Policy 2020 Risk Management Strategy Policy 2021-2022
Reserves Policy 2021 Social Media Policy
Subject Access Request (SAR)  Subject Access Request (SAR) Procedure 2021
Training and Development Policy  Travel and Expenses Policy
Volunteer Policy 2021  

Policies relevant for Staff Members only:

Anti Harrassment and Bullying Policy  Anti Bribery and Corruption Policy
Disciplinary Procedure  Disciplinary Rules 
Equal Opportunities Policy Flexible Working Policy
Grievance Policy Holiday Policy
IT and Electronic Communication Policy Sickness and Absence Policy
Staff Use of Social Media Policy Staff Appraisal Policy
Whistleblowing Policy