Clerk: Denise Challenor
Tanglewood, New Barns Close, Arnside, Cumbria LA5 0BL
Tel. 01524 761824
20th April 2023

Silverdale Parish Council Announce
a Councillor Vacancy

Currently we have one on the Parish Council. This is an unpaid opportunity to have an influence on how the village is cared for and to contribute to the work involved, according to one’s personal skills and attributes. Training will be offered.
This post will be filled as quickly as possible, so it is important to express one’s interest to the Clerk soon, who will provide further information.


All meetings of the Parish Council are open to the public and press, except for those (very rare) occasions when it is deemed to be appropriate to exclude the public and press, by a Resolution in accordance with Standing Orders.

Ordinary Meetings of the Council are usually held on the first Tuesday of each month. Unless otherwise stated, the Ordinary Meetings are held in the Silverdale Institute, Spring Bank, Silverdale, commencing at 7.00pm.

LIST OF ORDINARY MEETING DATES FOR 2023 – 7pm in The Institute.
3rd January – All Tuesday’s
7th February
7th March
4th April
9th May (Elections 4th)
6th June
4th July
1st August
5th September
3rd October
7th November
5th December
Parish Annual Assembly – 7pm in Gaskell Hall Main Room.
Thursday 16th March

The Annual Parish Council Meeting is held on the first Tuesday in May, except where it coincides with a public holiday. In the year of an election (every four years) the Annual Parish Council Meeting is held on the fourth day following the day of election, or within fourteen days thereafter. 2023 is an Election year.
The Annual Parish Meeting (not to be confused with the Annual Parish Council Meeting) is usually held in March, although it can be held at any time between 1st March and 1st June. In the interests of clarity, this meeting is often called “The Parish Assembly”, as it involves a coming-together of many factions of the community. Because of the large, and sometimes vociferous, involvement of the public, this meeting is usually held in the Gaskell Memorial Hall, Emesgate Lane, Silverdale.

Woodland sub-committee – this deals with the management of the 4 areas of woodland we own (Burton Well, Bankwell, Woodwell and Burton Well Scroggs), its aim  is to ensure public safety and maintain the biological habitat;


There is currently a Parish Council noticeboard outside the Gaskell Memorial Hall. This gives at least three clear days notice, and the agenda, for any forthcoming meeting of the Parish Council, and at least seven clear days notice of the Annual Parish Meeting. It also displays the unconfirmed Minutes of the previous meeting. There is also a notice board on the playing field where matters pertaining to the playground are displayed.

The same notices should appear on this Web Site.

Local Government Act 2000

In accordance with section 51 of the Act, Silverdale Parish Council adopted the Model Code of Conduct on December 4th 2001 and all members have signed statutory Undertakings to comply with the provisions of the Code. In accordance with section 81 of the Act, a register of Members’ Interests has been established by Lancaster City Council and this may be inspected at Lancaster Town Hall. A photocopy of the Register entries may be inspected at any Ordinary Meeting of Silverdale Parish Council, or by prior arrangement with the Clerk.

Freedom of Information Act 2005

On 1st January 2009, Silverdale Parish Council adopted the “Model Publication Scheme for Local Councils”, produced in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act 2005 and has published details of  information held in accordance with that scheme, as follows:

Information available from Silverdale Parish Council under the model publication scheme

Information to be published
How the information can be obtained
Class1 – Who we are and what we do
(Organisational information, structures, locations and contacts)
This will be current information only

All hard copies from the Clerk, some information on the website – details of both shown at end of document.
10p per page plus postage.
Who’s who on the Council and its Committees
Hard copy
Contact details for Parish Clerk and Council members (named contacts where possible with telephone number and email address (if used))
Website or hard copy
Location of main Council office and accessibility details
Hard copy
Staffing structure
Hard copy


Class 2 – What we spend and how we spend it
(Financial information relating to projected and actual income and expenditure, procurement, contracts and financial audit)
Current and previous financial year as a minimum
Annual return form and report by auditor
Hard copy


Finalised budget
Hard copy


Hard copy


Borrowing Approval letter
Financial Standing Orders and Regulations
Hard copy


Grants given and received
List of current contracts awarded and value of contract
Hard copy
Members’ allowances and expenses
Hard copy,website


Class 3 – What our priorities are and how we are doing
(Strategies and plans, performance indicators, audits, inspections and reviews)
Parish Plan (current and previous year as a minimum)
Annual Report to Parish or Community Meeting (current and previous year as a minimum)
Website or hard copy


Quality status
Local charters drawn up in accordance with DCLG guidelines
Class 4 – How we make decisions
(Decision making processes and records of decisions)
Current and previous council year as a minimum
Timetable of meetings (Council, any committee/sub-committee meetings and parish meetings)
Hard copy or website


Agendas of meetings (as above)
Hard copy


Minutes of meetings (as above) – nb this will exclude information that is properly regarded as private to the meeting.
Website or hard copy


Reports presented to council meetings – nb this will exclude information that is properly regarded as private to the meeting.
Hard copy


Responses to consultation papers
Website or hard copy


Responses to planning applications
Website or hard copy


Class 5 – Our policies and procedures
(Current written protocols, policies and procedures for delivering our services and responsibilities) Current information only
Policies and procedures for the conduct of council business:
Procedural standing orders
Committee and sub-committee terms of reference
Delegated authority in respect of officers
Code of Conduct
Policy statements
 All Hard copy or website

10p per page plus postage 


Policies and procedures for the provision of services and about the employment of staff:
Internal policies relating to the delivery of services
Equality and diversity policy
Health and safety policy
Recruitment policies (including current vacancies)
Policies and procedures for handling requests for information
Complaints procedures (including those covering requests for information and operating the publication scheme)
Information security policy
Records management policies (records retention, destruction and archive)
Data protection policies
Schedule of charges (for the publication of information)
Class 6 – Lists and Registers
Currently maintained lists and registers only
Any publicly available register or list (if any are held this should be publicised; in most circumstances existing access provisions will suffice)
Playground inspections – view original only
Assets Register
Hard copy


Disclosure log (indicating the information that has been provided in response to requests; recommended as good practice, but may not be held by parish councils)
Hard copy
Register of members’ interests
Hard copy /meetings


Register of gifts and hospitality
Class 7 – The services we offer
(Information about the services we offer, including leaflets, guidance and newsletters produced for the public and businesses) Current information only
None owned
Burial grounds and closed churchyards
None owned
Community centres and village halls
None owned
Parks, playing fields and recreational facilities
Hard copy


Seating, litter bins, clocks, memorials and lighting
Location of seats, otherwise N/A Hard Copy


Bus shelters
Hard copy
Public conveniences (leased from City Council/cleaned by contractor)
Hard copy
Agency agreements
A summary of services for which the council is entitled to recover a fee, together with those fees (e.g. burial fees)
Additional Information that is not itemised in the lists above

The Council is Trustee for three Charities

Hard copy


N/A – No information is held.


Actual cost of Royal Mail standard 2nd class
Cost + labour

Contact details: Mrs Denise Challenor, Tanglewood, New Barns Close, Arnside,
LA5 0BL.    Telephone : 01524 761824    
email :