Alliance of Parish & Town Councils
Notices for - February 2020
The aims of the alliance are to provide a forum for members to exchange ideas, discuss concerns, provide support and when appropriate advice to fellow members when needed especially when dealing with third parties, usually Babergh District Council. You can view its constitution here. It is not a political group but provides opportunities for members to meet and work together. It has absolutely no rights or jurisdiction over councils.
By working together we have been able to arrange a series of meetings with senior officers of Babergh District Council to discuss issues which have been of interest or concern to members. As individual councils it would not have been possible to arrange such meetings. The meetings were held last year and given to Babergh to review in Jan’19. Any feedback from BDC has been highlighted in blue italics. Links to the reports are below:
We are always happy to welcome new members and look forward to your response.
Who we are
BAPTC is a loosely associated group of Town and Parish Councils in Babergh District. The objectives for this alliance are to:
- Share relevant & useful information, particularly advice given by Babergh
- Work together to highlight & resolve issues of mutual concern
- Provide advice & support to the Parish & Town Councils in the Alliance
Benefits of Membership
The membership is growing daily. There are now more than 20 Councillors and Clerks registered from Town and Parish Councils in the Babergh area.
Once registered as a member you are able to:
- Participate in the online Discussion Topics of interest to members (Discussion Topics on left hand side)
- View and change your details (Your Details)
- Update your password (Password)
- View other members details (Membership)
- Upload and access shared documents (Documents)
- Update Notices on the home page (Web tab at the top of the page)
- Publish Meeting notices (Web tab)
How BAPTC works
All Parish and Town Councils in the Babergh District are invited to join the Alliance nominating one, or more representative to attend the meetings. Representatives should obtain permission from their Council to act on their Council’s behalf.
The Alliance will meet monthly at a location hosted in rotation by one of its members. The host will chair the meeting and take the minutes. Initially, the Alliance will run for one year, then depending on how members felt about its effectiveness, a decision would be taken as to whether it should continue.
Representatives will be encouraged to come to the meeting to discuss specific problems facing their Council. If there is sufficient interest from other Councils, they will form a working group to pursue these issues under the banner of the Alliance.
The strength of the Alliance as a lobby group will come from its breadth of membership and common interests. However, councils may maintain links with the Alliance without being obliged to become signatories to every document or undertaking produced by like-minded Councils.
To register interest for your Parish Council participating in the Alliance, click here.