Code of Conduct

As a member or co-opted member of Maresfield Parish Council, Councillors have a responsibility to represent the community and work constructively with the staff and partner organisations to secure better social, economic and environmental outcomes for all.

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In accordance with the Localism Act provisions, when acting in this capacity Councillors are committed to behaving in a manner that is consistent with the following principles to achieve best value for our residents and maintain public confidence in this authority.

The Seven Principles of Public Life


Holders of public office should act solely in terms of the public interest.


Holders of public office must avoid placing themselves under any obligation to people or organisations that might try inappropriately to influence them in their work. They should not act or take decisions in order to gain financial or other material benefits for themselves, their family, or their friends. They must declare and resolve any interests and relationships.


Holders of public office must act and take decisions impartially, fairly and on merit, using the best evidence and without discrimination or bias.


Holders of public office are accountable to the public for their decisions and actions and must submit themselves to the scrutiny necessary to ensure this.


Holders of public office should act and take decisions in an open and transparent manner. Information should not be withheld from the public unless there are clear and lawful reasons for so doing.


Holders of public office should be truthful.


Holders of public office should exhibit these principles in their own behaviour. They should actively promote and robustly support the principles and be willing to challenge poor behaviour wherever it occurs.


On their election or co-option to Maresfield Parish Council members are required to sign an undertaking to comply with the Authority’s Code of Conduct.

This Code of Conduct, adopted by the Authority on 18th February 2014, is available on our Key Documents page.