Neighbourhood Planning Week (8-12 December 2014) is about celebrating the fantastic progress of neighbourhood planning so far. The week’s events include opportunities to chat online via the Facebook page to Brandon Lewis, Minister for Planning and Housing. Get your questions on neighbourhood planning answered by the NP team at the Department of Communities and Local Government, and share your thoughts on the process and what you’ve learnt from being involved in neighbourhood planning.
Parish councils across Staffordshire will have their ordinary elections on 7th May next and many will no doubt already be considering what needs to be done in advance of them. If related guidance has not already been issued it is recommended that Clerks make contact at an early stage with the Returning Officer at their respective District Councils to any confirm budgetary implications that may need to be addressed in the precept demand for 2015/16.
Prospective candidates, be they serving councillors or not, should also familiarise themselves with the election procedures and reconfirm their eligibility to stand. If you are proposing to stand again next May then please remember that to become nominated as a candidate you will need to submit a completed set of nomination papers to the Returning Officer by 4pm on the 19th working day before the poll; the arrangements for delivery will be confirmed by the District Council concerned in due course. The Electoral Commission’s website offers outline guidance for those intending to stand. The following documents will be of particular interest.
FORSBROOK PARISH COUNCIL
Forsbrook Parish Council seeks to appoint a part time Clerk and Responsible Finance Officer (23 hours a week) The salary will be based upon the National Association of Local Councils Scale.
The post involves minute taking, dealing with correspondence, advice to the Council on procedural matters, the keeping of accounts, updating of the Council web site and dealing with all aspects related to Forsbrook Parish Cemetery and Parish Council owned open spaces/recreational facilities.
Applications and curriculum vitae to be forwarded to:
Chairman Councillor Mrs. G. Burton
70 Chapel Street
What does the Association do?
It is a source of information for Parish and Town Councils, across the whole spectrum of a Council's business but, most importantly, provides free legal and financial advice. There are now 83 legal topic notes which cover many of the problems which Parishes face and may save Councils a large legal bill.
The Association is a network for communications and lobbies on behalf of Parish Councils to represent their interests. Our Members now also have free access to the supply company BSA consortium who offer competitively priced supplies.
For the future, the Association aims to promote good local government and grassroots democracy, by keeping Councils up to date with the latest developments.