Charter for better council relations

A CHARTER has been drawn up which aims to improve the working relationship between the layers of local government.

A revised Local Council Charter for Northumberland, which aims to set out ways of improving the relationship between the authority and town and parish councils, was approved by executive members at Northumberland County Council on Monday.

The charter highlights the fact that the two tiers of local government need to work more closely in order to better serve local people.

Consultation with parish and town councils ended last December, with concerns raised over the increase in election expenses and the transfer of services, which led to an increase in their own tax precepts.

Coun Roger Styring, deputy leader, said: “It’s meant to be a working relationship between the county council and parish councils in partnership.

“We’re trying to address all the issues that have been made to us.”

Coun Neil Bradbury added: “We’re aiming for a better relationship between the two levels of government.

“We need to keep going in terms of talking to each other. There has been improvement on both sides but we need work on as many methods of communication between us and parish councils, who we must remember are mostly volunteers.”