Tankersley Parish Council is made up of 9 councillors, one of which is the overall Chair, and the Clerk.
Councillors have a legally defined role with responsibilities and are entirely unpaid with only minimal expenses being paid.
Councillors are elected every 4 years, usually at the same time as local government elections. The elections for 4 May 2023 were non-contested. The next election will take place in May 2027. There are currently 2 vacancies on the Council which will be filled by co-option.
Although the Chair is one of the Parish Councillors, a Parish Council must in law have a Chair and cannot conduct any business without one.
The Chair is elected by members of the Parish Council annually at the Annual Parish Council Meeting.
The Chair is responsible for ensuring that effective and lawful decisions are taken at meetings of the Parish Council and, assisted by the Clerk, guides activities by managing the meetings of the Parish Council.
The Chair is responsible for involving all councillors in discussion and ensuring that councillors keep to the point. The Chair summarises the debate and facilitates the making of clear resolutions and is responsible for keeping discussions moving so that the meeting is not too long. Their first vote is a personal vote as a member of the Parish Council. If there is a tied vote, the Chair can have a second, casting vote.
The Chair on their own has no power to make decisions without the Resolution of the Parish Council.
The Chair will often be the public face of the Parish Council and will represent it at official events. The Chair may be asked to speak on behalf of the Parish Council in such circumstances the Chair should only express the agreed views of the Parish Council and not their personal views.
The Chair of Tankersley Parish Council is Cllr Helen Reckless.
The role of the Clerk is to ensure that the Parish Council as a whole conducts its business properly (in accordance with the law on how parish councils should operate) and to provide independent, objective and professional advice and support. The Clerk will be the Parish Council’s Proper Officer. This is a role defined in legislation and as such the Clerk is under a statutory duty to carry out all the functions, and in particular to serve or issue all the notifications required by law of a local Authority’s Proper Officer. The Clerk is expected to advise the Parish Council on, and assist in the formation of, overall policies to be followed in respect of its activities and in particular to produce all the information required for making effective decisions and to implement constructively all decisions.
The Clerk looks after how the Parish Council operates as a council – its overall governance, the policies/procedures, terms of reference etc. These do not include how a Parish Council operates as an employer – that lies with the whole Parish Council.
At meetings of the Parish Council, Parish Councillors vote on resolutions. These are in effect what the Parish Council wishes to do. The Clerk is totally responsible for ensuring that the instructions of the Parish Council in connection with its function as a Local Authority are carried out.
The Clerk is often also the Responsible Financial Officer. This role is also defined in the legislation. As Responsible Financial Officer the Clerk is responsible for all financial records of the Parish Council and the careful administration of its finances.
The Clerk to Tankersley Parish Council is Siani Allan.
You can contact the Clerk by phone on By email at email@example.com By post at 54 Somersby Avenue, Doncaster DN5 8HB
Your Parish Councillors
Below are details of your Parish Councillors and their completed Register of Interests as required by the Localism Act 2011.