All parish council meetings are regulated by legislation in accordance with the Council’s Standing Orders

The parish council represents and serves the whole community of Oswestry Rural.

Oswestry Rural Parish Council consists of 15 Councillors. All are volunteers who contribute to the work of the council by:

  • suggesting ideas
  • engaging in constructive debate
  • responding to the needs and views of the community
  • representing their constituents
  • behaving in an ethical way and being open about interests
  • commenting on proposals to ensure the best outcome
  • voting – to enable the Council to make decisions

In accordance with the Local Government Act 1972, s101 the council may delegate functions to committees and working groups. The council has a Personnel Committee with 4 members who have delegated authority to deal with staffing matters. These are their Terms of Reference. Please note that members of the public are not normally permitted to attend Personnel Committee meetings due to confidentiality.

The council also has the following working groups whose functions are defined in their Terms of Reference.

All councillors should abide by the council's Code of Conduct.

Bullying and Harassment Policy

At Oswestry Rural Parish Council we treat everyone with courtesy and respect and ask for the same in return. We ask that you treat your councillors and council staff courteously without violence, abuse or harassment.

Councillors and council staff have the right to carry out their civic duties and work without fear of being attacked or abused. Any behaviour whether that be verbal, physical or in writing, which causes either councillors or council staff to feel uncomfortable, embarrassed, or threatened, is totally unacceptable.

This zero tolerance policy includes abuse, aggression or threats made in person, over the telephone or in written communication, including on social media. The council considers threatening behaviour to be:

  • attempted or actual aggressive, or physical actions made towards any councillor or member of staff.
  • the use of aggressive, or abusive language, (including raising of the voice, swearing, shouting or in writing) which threatens or intimidates councillors or council staff.

This policy applies throughout all council meetings and also applies to any councillor or staff members away from council meetings.