Ware Town Council is the successor authority to Ware Urban District Council and was established under the Local Government Act 1972. One of the very first decisions the successor “parish council” took was the designation Ware Town Council with the Chairman “automatically” being called “Town Mayor” from 1 April 1974.
Ware Town Council along with East Hertfordshire District Council and Hertfordshire County Council provide the local government services for the town. The Council comprises 11 Members who are all elected every four years from Christchurch Ward (3 Members), Chadwell Ward (2 Members), St Mary’s Ward (3 Members) and Trinity Ward (3 Members).
The Mayor and Deputy Mayor are elected each year by the Members of the Council. The Mayor receives an allowance for the purposes of undertaking his/her Mayoral duties. No other Member receives any pay or allowances (except travel costs outside the town on official business).
The Council holds its Annual Meeting (Mayor Making) in May each year and meets on 5 other occasions during the year.
The Council has the following committees…
The Council provides …
Administrative support is provided to Members as part of the Council’s decision making process. This includes officer time spent on the preparation of agenda items and reports to Council, minutes and attendance of meetings involving Members<
The Town Council is consulted in the planning process and submits comments to East Herts District Council and Hertfordshire County Council on all planning applications concerning development within Ware. Residents may attend meetings of the Council’s Planning Committee and may make statements either for or against a particular development. The Council is also consulted on the Local Development Framework and Core Strategy and other Plans such as the Local Transport and the Waste Management Plans. The Council’s written representations on all planning matters are presented to meetings of the District Council’s Development Control Committee.
The Council’s Office at Ware Priory is a useful information point for the public; a “one-stop-shop” where information is provided not only about the Town Council’s services but also on matters involving the services outside the remit of the Council.
The Town Council is the representative voice of Ware’s residents and lobbies other agencies and organisations on various matters in relation to the services that they provide. Examples include highway issues e.g. traffic calming measures and road safety schemes and the proposed Stansted Airport Expansion. The Council is represented on a number of charitable bodies and local organisations in the town.
The Town Council undertakes many administrative duties in the performance of its functions all undertaken through the Town Clerk and a staff of three full time officers and two part time officers located at Ware Priory.
The Town Council also supports and promotes the role of the Mayor within the local community through, among other things, the Annual Mayor Making, Civic and Remembrance Services, Mayor’s charitable events and Annual Town Meeting.
Other services that the Council provides include:
Finally, the provision of information required by members of the public in the exercise of statutory rights (other than about specific services); completing, submitting and publishing statements of accounts and annual reports; treasury management; external audit and external inspections are all part of the Council’s services.
The Council’s staff will endeavour to deal with all enquiries efficiently, effectively, speedily and courteously and without bias of any form.