Code of Conduct

I will respect and uphold the values of the Glastonbury Neighbourhood Planning Group.

General

  • I will act within the constitution of the planning group and the law, and abide by the policies and procedures of the group. This includes having knowledge of the constitution.
  • I will support the aims of the group, championing it, using any skills or knowledge I have to further that aim and seeking expert advice where appropriate
  • I will be an active group member when possible, making my skills, experience and knowledge available to the group and seeking to do what additional work I can outside of meetings
  • I will respect group and individual confidentiality, while never using confidentiality as an excuse not to disclose matters that should be transparent and open.
  • I will seek to be accountable for my actions as a group member and will submit myself to whatever scrutiny is appropriate.
  • I accept responsibility to ensure that the group is well run and will raise issues and questions in an appropriate and sensitive way to ensure that this is the case.

Managing Interests

  • I will not gain materially or financially from my involvement with the group.
  • I will act in the best interest of the group as a whole and not be representative of any group – considering what is best for the group and its present and future beneficiaries and avoiding bringing the group into disrepute.
  • Unless authorised, I will not put myself in a position where my personal interests conflict with my duty to act in the interests of the group. I understand that a failure to declare a conflict of interest may be considered to be a breach of this code.

Meetings

  • I will attend all appropriate meetings and other appointments at the group or give apologies. If I cannot regularly attend meetings, I will consider whether there are other ways that I can engage with the group.
  • I will actively engage in discussion, debate and voting in meetings; contributing in a considered and constructive way, listening carefully, challenging sensitively and avoiding conflict.
  • I will participate in collective decision making, accept a majority decision of the group and will not act individually unless specifically authorised to do so.

Relations with others

  • I will endeavour to work considerately and respectfully with all those I come into contact with at the group. I will respect diversity, different roles and boundaries and avoid giving offence.
  • I will seek to support and encourage those I come into contact with at the group. In particular, I recognise my responsibility to support the chair and other officers.
  • I will not make public comments about the organisation unless authorised to do so.

Leaving the group

  • I understand that substantial breach of any part of this code may result in procedures being put in motion that my result in my being asked to resign from the group.
  • Should this happen I will be given the opportunity to be heard. In the event that I am asked to resign, I will accept the majority decision of the board in this matter and resign at the earliest opportunity.
  • If I wish to cease being a member of the group at any time, I will inform the chair in advance in writing, stating my reasons for leaving.