Is a parish council, if it so wishes, legally allowed to appoint (and manage accordingly) a professional 3rd party organisation to build, maintain and manage a Parish Council website.
Our Clerk states “Because the Parish Council is required to maintain a website to be compliant with various legislation, it is important that its maintenance is handled by the Parish Council.
While other Parish Councils have used a third party to develop the framework for their websites, they still populate and maintain it themselves”
Is there any legal obstacle though, that is my question.
I accept that keeping the ‘control’ with the Clerk and their office (so long as they are capable and adequately resourced to keep it in synch and up to date) does seem the right way to go.