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WHO DOES THE COUNCIL REPPRESENT?
Community Councils are the first tier of Local Government. The Havens Community Council comprises of ten Community Councillors and a Clerk/Financial Officer. They represent the residents of Broad Haven, Little Haven, Talbenny, Hasguard, Haroldston, Walton West and Broadway, and meet monthly to discuss community affairs. Meetings are generally held on the first Tuesday of the month and the Agenda, confirming the date, time and venue is posted on the website three to four days prior to the meeting. Local residents are welcome to attend these meetings to observe the proceedings.
WHO ARE YOUR COUNCILLORS?
The Havens Council member are Cllr Charlotte Alexander, Cllr Mark Burch (Vice Chair), Cllr David Faulkner, Cllor Matthew Ford, Cllr Joan Phillips, Cllr Susan Reynolds, Cllr Ian Whitby (Chair), Cllr Connie Stephens and Cllr Will Griffiths.
THE ROLE OF THE COUNCILLOR
A Councillor's role is to represent the interest of the community they serve. They will sit on local groups and boards in order to represent the views of the whole community. They will make every effort to be well informed on local issues and play a vital part in influencing other decision makers. Before making decisions on behalf of the community they will seek to clarify the views of the whole of the community. Should you wish to discuss an issue or give your views you may contact either a Councillor or the Clerk on the numbers provided or attend one of the surgeries being held.
Councillors have legal powers to raise and spend money through taxation in the form of the 'precept'. When spending money they must ensure that they get value for money and that the majority of the residents benefit from the spend. In carrying out these duties they must ensure they proceed with due care of the law, plus safeguard, properly account for and use the council's public money both economically and effectively.
THE ROLE OF THE CLERK/RESPONSIBLE FINANCE OFFICER
The Clerk is a 'qualified trusted professional officer' whose objectivity allows them, by law, to act on behalf of the council. He/she will action any decisions agreed by the whole of the Council, deal with issues, act as public relations officer plus provide admin and financial services.
A SUMMARY OF YOUR RIGHTS
By law any interested person has the right to inspect the Council's accounts. If you are entitled and registered to vote in local council elections then you also have the right to ask the Auditor General questions about them or challenge an item of account contained within them.
To request a copy of the Council's Annual Return and Auditor's Report please contact the Clerk/Responsible Finance Officer whose details you will find in the Contacts link. A copy of the current year end accounts can be found in the View all Documents link.
NEW SUPPORT PROJECT TO ASSIST SOCIAL ENTERPRISES
PBI is a network of professionals who will provide free professional advice to voluntary and community groups and social enterprises. For more information contact the PBI website.
BROAD HAVEN BOARDWALK
For the latest information on the Boardwalk visit the group's facebook page.
Watch out for Council Coffee Evenings when you and your family can come along and chat to a Councillor.
Local elections are held every four years and at least 80% of Councillors must be elected. The remaining 20% can be co-opted on to the Council by the elected members. You can find further information on Community Councils, Councillors and Council Clerks at One Voice Wales