ROLES AND FUNCTIONS OF THE PARISH COUNCIL
The Hanover Parish Council is designed to administer to the needs of residents of as well as visitors to the parish. Its structure requires that its functions be carried out by two separate but cohesive arms – one Political and the other Administrative .
On the one hand Councillors, headed by the Chairman/Mayor set out policies, while on the other the administrative head, under the directive of the Secretary Manager implements the policies of the Council. The over arching functions of the Council are, however, laid down in laws and by-laws, and to some extent a set of rules and regulations which may be varied and amended from time to time, and further outlined in our Mission as: the regulation of commercial activities; planning of orderly development; a well maintained parish infrastructure; and delivering social services to the needy. The specific roles and functions, are set out in detail in other sections of this website.
Where the Council has no direct portfolio responsibility, for example for security and education needs, the Council is still expected to use its substantive powers to lobby Parliament to achieve those goals. It is therefore, necessary for the Council to build and maintain strong partnership with all aspects of the public and private sectors.
These links include collaborating with non-government organisations which may be locally based or otherwise, as well as agencies and departments of central government.
In Parliament/Legislature, the Council is represented by the Minister of Local Government and Community Development.