These responsibilities considered part of the basic role for community board members and the board chair.
Representation and advocacy
Representing and acting as an advocate for the interests of their community.
Considering and reporting on all matters referred to them by the council, or any matters of interest or concern to the community board.
Communicating with community organisations and special-interest groups in the community.
Bringing the views of their community to the attention of council.
Listening to the concerns of their community on issues pertaining to the community board.
Maintaining an overview of services provided by the council in the community, and commenting on any services delivered by the parent council.
Maintaining contact with various community representatives and other local stakeholders.
Championing causes which best relate to the interests of their community and campaigning for the improvement of the quality of life in their community.
Participating constructively and effectively in the good governance of the community board as a whole.
Understanding and ensuring that basic principles of good governance are a part of the approach of the community board.
Understanding and respecting the differing roles of community board chair and community board members; the roles of the parent council’s Mayor, Deputy Mayor, committee chairs / portfolio holders and Councillors; and the very different roles of the managers and staff of the parent council with whom the community board might work.
Recognising that the governance role does not extend to operational matters or to the management of any implementation.
Having a good understanding of the community board processes set out in the Standing Orders that determine how community board meetings are run and how decisions are made.
Developing and maintaining a working knowledge of council services, management processes, powers, duties and constraints.
Ensuring familiarity with agendas and other community board reports before meetings of the community board.
Being familiar with and complying with the statutory requirements of a community board member.
Identifying, being aware of and declaring any potential personal conflicts of interest, whether these are pecuniary or non-pecuniary.