WEYBREAD PARISH COUNCIL
PARISH COUNCIL BULLETIN – MARCH 2020
TO ALL RESIDENTS:
You will all know by now that the Parish Council along with other authorities have been advised to cancel public meetings. Hence the cancellation of the planned Parish Council Meeting on the 17th March and the extra meeting to discuss the Amended Outline Planning Application DC/17/06326 – Crown Farm, planned for Tuesday 24th March.
Therefore, the Parish Council thought that to keep everyone updated with PC activities a few notes would be appropriate.
Chairman’s Statement 17th March 2020 intended for the Parish Council Meeting:
Town and Parish Councils are the first tier of Government and as such, we must follow certain rules, regulations and protocols. However, there is a small amount of flexibility dependent on the size of the town or parish and every council will organise and run their meetings slightly differently dependent on their members and situation.
As Chairman of Weybread Parish Council, I believe in a serious but relaxed approach, a philosophy of getting the business of the Parish completed in the correct manner but also in a warm and friendly manner.
We warmly welcome members of the parish to our meetings as everything that we do is for the benefit of the residents of Weybread, and is open and transparent. I would like to personally apologise for any confusion which has lead from my meeting style. I realise that when we are running a meeting in a warm and friendly style, some members of the public may get confused and not fully understand the official nature of a Parish Council meeting.
In addition to this, being a small rural community, Councillors may also know each other well and on occasions make personal comments to each other during the meeting which members of the public perceive as being an official comment of the council. After our last meeting in January, we received a complaint from a member of the public about one such comment. I have spoken with the Councillor who understands the confusion and they have given me their apologies.
We welcome questions and comments from the public but being an official council meeting, this can only happen at the appropriate time. Our guidelines tell us that we should close our council meeting half way through for a maximum of 15 minutes to allow for public speaking, and then officially reopen our council meeting to continue with the business on the agenda.
If a member of the parish wishes to bring a matter to the attention of the Parish Council, (other than at the public speaking), they should contact a councillor, preferably in writing, and that councillor should pass the matter on to the Chairman and Parish Clerk in readiness for setting the next agenda.
I sincerely hope that this complaint does not lead to our conducting these meetings in a less friendly manner. All Councillors are volunteers wishing to serve their community as best they can.
In response to the Covid-19 self isolating situation, I am please to confirm that PC Councillors rallied to produce a leaflet which they have put through every letterbox. Sue Hardy and Mike Nott created the wording, photocopiers were put on full speed and each Councillor took a relevant number of leaflets for delivery to your door. Sue Hardy will be the overall co-ordinator, directing messages for those who need help. Her contact details are noted so please keep this leaflet to hand. Our Parish Councillors have done a fine job!
With further reference to the Crown Farm application, MSDC Planners and Cranswick were to meet on Monday 23rd March to discuss the current amendments. Two Parish Councillors had been invited to join them at Endeavour House, Ipswich. However, following guidelines, this meeting is cancelled and a virtual meeting via Skype will take place instead. It is expected this Skype meeting will follow the same lines as that attended by the Chair and Vice Chair in November – see November Minutes on the website. The outcome will be reported in due course.
We have managed to handle some of the parish business ie paying the parish bills – this is important as we approach year end on the 31st March. Again this has been done remotely by copying relevant documentation to all Councillors and obtaining their swift approval. January Minutes have been circulated and approved in the same way. These will soon be on the website thanks to Sandra Middleton. You may not be aware that Sandra set up the village website and continues as our Webmaster. Thank you Sandra.
A Bulletin will be issued as and when reportable matters arise – PLEASE WATCH THE NOTICE BOARDS AND WEBSITE.
Meanwhile, the Parish Council sincerely wishes you all good health and requests you adhere to Government Guidelines as issued.
Weybread Parish Council are a voluntary group elected to speak on behalf of the villagers regarding Council matters.
They meet in the Village Hall every 2 months (please see Meetings page for dates/times).
To contact the Clerk or the Chair then please go to the contact page.
|Mr G Gibbs (Chair)||The Paddocks|
|Mr Alistair Besly (Clerk)||Hill House, Shop Lane|
|Mrs S Middleton (webmaster)||2 Post Office Cottages|
|Mr C Jordon||The Willows|
|Mrs J Blair||Lilac Cottage |
|Mrs R Cranney||Chalfont House|
|Mrs S Hardy|
|Yew Tree Farm|
|Mr G Tibbenham||Corner Farm|
|Mrs A Pickess||Orchard Cottage|
|Mr M Nott||Hoblins, |
One Eyed Lane,
Weybread Parish Council
Data Protection Policy
We may have to collect and use information about people with whom we work. This personal information must be handled and dealt with properly, however it is collected, recorded and used, and whether it be on paper, in computer records or recorded by any other means.
We regard the lawful and correct treatment of personal information as very important to our successful operation and to maintaining confidence between us and those with whom we carry out business. We will ensure that we treat personal information lawfully and correctly.
To this end we fully endorse and adhere to the principles of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).
This policy applies to the processing of personal data in manual and electronic records kept by us in connection with our Parish Council functions as described below. It also covers our response to any data breach and other rights under the GDPR.
This policy applies to the personal data of any group or individual, parishioners, existing and former employees, apprentices, volunteers, workers and self-employed contractors. These are referred to in this policy as relevant individuals.
“Personal data” is information that relates to an identifiable person who can be directly or indirectly identified from that information, for example, a person’s name, identification number, location, online identifier. It can also include pseudonymised data.
“Special categories of personal data” is data which relates to an individual’s health, sex life, sexual orientation, race, ethnic origin, political opinion, religion, and trade union membership. It also includes genetic and biometric data (where used for ID purposes).
“Criminal offence data” is data which relates to an individual’s criminal convictions and offences.
“Data processing” is any operation or set of operations which is performed on personal data or on sets of personal data, whether or not by automated means, such as collection, recording, organisation, structuring, storage, adaptation or alteration, retrieval, consultation, use, disclosure by transmission, dissemination or otherwise making available, alignment or combination, restriction, erasure or destruction.
- DATA PROTECTION PRINCIPLES
Under GDPR, all personal data obtained and held by us must be processed according to a set of core principles. In accordance with these principles, we will ensure that:
- processing will be fair, lawful and transparent
- data be collected for specific, explicit, and legitimate purposes
- data collected will be adequate, relevant and limited to what is necessary for the purposes of processing
- data will be kept accurate and up to date. Data which is found to be inaccurate will be rectified or erased without delay
- data is not kept for longer than is necessary for its given purpose
- data will be processed in a manner that ensures appropriate security of personal data including protection against unauthorised or unlawful processing, accidental loss, destruction or damage by using appropriate technical or organisation measures
- we will comply with the relevant GDPR procedures for international transferring of personal data
- TYPES OF DATA HELD
If we keep several categories of personal data on relevant individuals in order to carry out effective and efficient processes, we will keep this data in a personal file relating to each relevant individual and we also may hold the data within our computer systems.
Specifically, we may hold the following types of data:
- personal details such as name, address, phone numbers
- information gathered via the recruitment process such as that entered into a CV or included in a CV cover letter, references from former employers, details on their education and employment history etc
- details relating to pay administration such as National Insurance numbers, bank account details and tax codes
- medical or health information
- information relating to their employment with us, including:
- job title and job descriptions
- the wider terms and conditions of employment
- details of formal and informal proceedings involving you such as letters of concern, disciplinary and grievance proceedings, your annual leave records, appraisal and performance information
- internal and external training modules undertaken
All of the above information is required for our processing activities.
- RELEVANT INDIVIDUALS RIGHTS
You have the following rights in relation to the personal data we hold on you:
- the right to be informed about the data we hold on you and what we do with it;
- the right of access to the data we hold on you. More information on this can be found in the section headed “Access to Data” below.
- the right for any inaccuracies in the data we hold on you, however they come to light, to be corrected. This is also known as ‘rectification’;
- the right to have data deleted in certain circumstances. This is also known as ‘erasure’;
- the right to restrict the processing of the data;
- the right to transfer the data we hold on you to another party. This is also known as ‘portability’;
- the right to object to the inclusion of any information;
- the right to regulate any automated decision-making and profiling of personal data.
In order to protect the personal data of relevant individuals, all Weybread Parish Councillors who must process data as part of their role have been made aware of our policies on data protection.
All elected Councillors act as the Data Controller and have responsibility for reviewing and auditing our data protection systems.
- LAWFUL BASES OF PROCESSING
We acknowledge that processing may only be carried out where a lawful basis for that processing exists and we have assigned a lawful basis against each processing activity.
Where no other lawful basis applies, we may seek to rely on the relevant individuals consent in order to process data.
However, we recognise the high standard attached to its use. We understand that consent must be freely given, specific, informed and unambiguous. Where consent is to be sought, we will do so on a specific and individual basis where appropriate. relevant individuals will be given clear instructions on the desired processing activity, informed of the consequences of their consent and of their clear right to withdraw consent at any time.
- ACCESS TO DATA
As stated above, relevant individuals have a right to access the personal data that we hold on them. To exercise this right, they should make a Subject Access Request. We will comply with the request without delay, and within one month unless, in accordance with legislation, we decide that an extension is required. Those who make a request will be kept fully informed of any decision to extend the time limit.
No charge will be made for complying with a request unless the request is manifestly unfounded, excessive or repetitive, or unless a request is made for duplicate copies to be provided to parties other than the relevant individual making the request. In these circumstances, a reasonable charge will be applied.
- DATA DISCLOSURES
Weybread Parish Council may be required to disclose certain data/information to any person. The circumstances leading to such disclosures include:
- any employee benefits operated by third parties;
- disabled individuals – whether any reasonable adjustments are required to assist them at work;
- individuals’ health data – to comply with health and safety or occupational health obligations towards the employee;
- for Statutory Sick Pay purposes;
- HR management and administration – to consider how an individual’s health affects his or her ability to do their job;
- the smooth operation of any employee insurance policies or pension plans;
- to assist law enforcement or a relevant authority to prevent or detect crime or prosecute offenders or to assess or collect any tax or duty.
These kinds of disclosures will only be made when strictly necessary for the purpose.
Weybread Parish Council will not disclose any personal data of parishioners or other individuals, (not employed by the Council), unless we are legally bound to do so.
- DATA SECURITY
All our employees are aware that hard copy personal information should be kept in a locked filing cabinet, drawer, or safe.
Weybread Parish Councillors and their employees are aware of their roles and responsibilities when their role involves the processing of data. All councillors & employees are instructed to store files or written information of a confidential nature in a secure manner so they are only accessed by people who have a need and a right to access them and to ensure that screen locks are implemented on all PCs, laptops etc when unattended. No files or written information of a confidential nature are to be left where they can be read by unauthorised people.
Where data is computerised, it should be coded, encrypted or password protected both on a local hard drive and on a network drive that is regularly backed up. If a copy is kept on removable storage media, that media must itself be kept in a locked filing cabinet, drawer, or safe.
Councillors & employees must always use the passwords provided to access the computer system and not abuse them by passing them on to people who should not have them.
Personal data relating to relevant individuals should not be kept or transported on laptops, USB sticks, or similar devices, unless prior authorisation has been received. Where personal data is recorded on any such device it should be protected by:
- ensuring that data is recorded on such devices only where absolutely necessary.
- using an encrypted system — a folder should be created to store the files that need extra protection and all files created or moved to this folder should be automatically encrypted.
- ensuring that laptops or USB drives are not left where they can be stolen.
Failure to follow the Weybread Parish Council rules on data security may be dealt with via the Council’s disciplinary procedure. Appropriate sanctions include dismissal with or without notice dependent on the severity of the failure.
- THIRD PARTY PROCESSING
Where we engage third parties to process data on our behalf, we will ensure, via a data processing agreement with the third party, that the third party takes such measures in order to maintain the Council’s commitment to protecting data.
- INTERNATIONAL DATA TRANSFERS
Weybread Parish Council does not transfer personal data to any recipients outside of the EEA.
- REQUIREMENT TO NOTIFY BREACHES
All data breaches will be recorded on our Data Breach Register. Where legally required, we will report a breach to the Information Commissioner within 72 hours of discovery. In addition, where legally required, we will inform the individual whose data was subject to breach.
New councillors & employees must read and understand the policies on data protection as part of their induction.
All councillors & employees receive in-house training covering basic information about confidentiality, data protection and the actions to take upon identifying a potential data breach.
All councillors & employees who need to use the computer system are trained to protect individuals’ private data, to ensure data security, and to understand the consequences to them as individuals and the Council of any potential lapses and breaches of the Council’s policies and procedures.
Weybread Parish Council keeps records of its processing activities including the purpose for the processing and retention periods in its Data Audit. These records will be kept up to date so that they reflect current processing activities.
- DATA PROTECTION COMPLIANCE
Our Data Compliance Officer is: All Elected Weybread Parish Councillors