Declaration of a personal interest at a meeting.
A personal interest occurs where a Councillor or a member of their family or a close associate might benefit from a Council decision to a greater extent than the majority of other people in the Parish and the member should not vote on the matter. Where the interest is not so great as to affect the Councillor's judgment of the public interest, the member should not vote but may speak on the matter if members of the public are also allowed to speak at the meeting.
Declaration of disclosable pecuniary interests in meetings
A pecuniary interest occurs where a Councillor could gain or lose financially as a result of a Council decision.This could relate to goods and services which might be required by the Council and includes Councillor's partners, spouses, relatives and close associates.
If a Councillor or voting co-opted member has a disclosable pecuniary interest in an item during a formal meeting of the Council, they must:
Declare or draw attention to their interest at the meeting;
Not participate in any discussion of the matter;
Not vote on the matter; and
Leave the room during the discussion or vote.
The declarations made at each meeting are recorded in the minutes of the meeting which are published on our website.
It is a potential criminal offence if a member fails to comply with the rules regarding their disclosable pecuniary interests without reasonable excuse.