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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 March 2022, 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 2022 Thurston Engagement Strategy 2022
Member / Officer Protocol 2022 Pre-Planning Application Protocol 2022
Public Participation in Council & Committee Meetings Protocol 2022 Reporting at Council & Committee Meetings Protocol 2022 


Policies & Procedures: common to Councillors and Staff:

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

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 2022 Staff Appraisal Policy
Whistleblowing Policy