Is a council clerk entitled to convene a meeting on their own authority? Ordinary meetings are covered by the Local Government Act 1972 Schedule 12 paragraph 8 which says:
(1) A parish council shall in every year hold, in addition to the annual meeting, such other meetings (not less than three) as they may determine.
(2) Those other meetings shall be held at such hour and on such days as the council may determine.
(my emphases). This would seem to say that ordinary meetings are set by the council and in the absence of any delegated authority in standing orders, how could the clerk acquire such a power?