In accordance with government guidance, the Parish Office is now closed to the public and staff are working from home wherever possible. We will do our best to help with your enquiry but it may not always be possible to prioritise your enquiry during this challenging period.
Government guidance also prevents face-to-face meetings which will affect the way in which OPC makes its decisions.
The Coronavirus Act passed this week includes powers to the Secretary of State to allow virtual Council meetings. Whilst these powers are not yet in place, OPC will be following sector advice by holding virtual meetings (where a meeting is considered essential) and the Clerk has been given temporary delegated authority to make essential decisions on behalf of OPC in consultation with the Chair or relevant Committee Chair – such decisions are those which are necessary to run the Council or where OPC risks breaking a contract or agreement. All decisions will be reported to the next available convened meeting.
Responses to Planning Applications will be agreed in consultation with Planning & Development Committee members via email or virtual meeting. All decisions will be recorded in the minutes in the normal way. Residents within the parish are welcome to submit their comments on a specific application by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org and/or email@example.com.
We will consider livestreaming virtual meetings as soon as we receive notification that the virtual meeting power is in place.
Please refer to each meeting agenda for further details.