Believe it or not, Haslemere is subject to three layers of Councils:
Surrey County Council, based in Kingston on Thames
Waverley Borough Council, based in Godalming
Haslemere Town Council, in the middle of the High Street
From here on, ‘the Council’ refers to Haslemere Town Council.
The Council is divided into several sub-committees which deal with individual areas of responsibility.
Finance & Audit
This speaks for itself:
The Town Council Planning Committee cannot grant or refuse planning permission. It is asked to give an opinion on applications made in the town, and passes these to Waverley who do decide.
The public have the right to attend and speak at Town Council Planning Meetings, and are encouraged to do so, if there’s something they’re interested in or something that affects them.
Staffing deals with the permanent admin staff employed by the Council.
The most senior of these is the Town Clerk which, despite the slightly menial associations of the word, is effectively the Chief Executive of the Council.
The Town Clerk is an important position – carried out with great skill and care by the present officer.
A lot of the real work is done by these sub-committees.
They then request approval for their proposals from the Full Council, which is made up of fully elected members.