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UTTOXETER RURAL PARISH COUNCIL

has a vacancy for a

PARISH CLERK

Approx 24 hours per month (to be worked flexibly from home).

Salary in accordance with The NJC for Local Government Services Scale LC1.

The Parish Council serves a very large rural area that borders the south west and north borders of the Uttoxeter Town Council Parish with approx. 1250 electors and an annual precept of £9,100.

We are now seeking a new Clerk to the Parish Council who will act as the Proper Officer of the Council, and be responsible for carrying out the business of the Council in connection with its function as a Local Authority. The appointment will take effect from 1st December 2014.

The Clerk organises and attends monthly Parish Council meetings which are held in the evening, currently on the first Tuesday of each month for 10 months of the year.  The post holder is responsible for the preparation of the agenda and minutes and handling correspondence.  In addition, as the Responsible Financial Officer, the Clerk is required to prepare the annual budget, arrange the payment of accounts, monitor and balance the Council’s accounts and prepare records for audit purposes and VAT.  The Council also has contracts for services for the maintenance of public areas and a lengthman’s agreement with Staffordshire County Council.

Applicants should have experience of committee work, minute-taking and keeping financial records.  The successful candidate will also have experience of successfully working to deadlines and of organising a varied workload, have excellent written and oral communication and good IT skills, be able to liaise with contractors and outside bodies..  An interest in community matters is essential and experience of local authority administration would be a major advantage.

Applicants should be able to work flexibly to respond to issues as they arise and should live within easy travelling distance of the village.

On appointment, the new Clerk will be required, with the support of the Parish Council, to undertake relevant training, to obtain the CiLCA qualification if not already held, although this is njot necessarily a requirement of the post.

To obtain a job description, please contact the existing Clerk, Malcolm Bagguley, on 01782 324604 or email urpc@btinternet.com. Applications should be in the form of a CV, detailing all relevant employment, qualifications and experience, with an accompanying letter. All applications should be emailed to Malcolm Bagguley at urpc@btinternet.com.

 

RUGELEY TOWN COUNCIL

TOWN CLERK MATERNITY COVER

Rugeley is a market town situated in the County of Staffordshire and within the Cannock Chase District. It is between the towns of Stafford, Cannock and Lichfield.

The Town Council is looking for Maternity Cover for the Town Clerk/RFO for currently up to 6 months. Salary and Hours are open to negotiation.

Please contact the Assistant Town Clerk with any queries on 01889 574074 or by email to finance@rugeleytowncouncil.gov.uk.

Please apply by sending in CV’s by 10am Wednesday 15 October 2014 to finance@rugeleytowncouncil.gov.uk

 

 

 

 

WOORE PARISH COUNCIL

Woore Parish Council serves an area in north east Shropshire that shares a boundary with the Borough of Newcastle-under-Lyme. The Parish Council is seeking to appoint a new Clerk and Responsible Financial Officer, on the departure of the current post holder. The post will be available from January 2015.

The Council is seeking an enthusiastic person with experience in administration, with good communication skills. Some evening work is required, and knowledge of servicing meetings and carrying out resulting actions will be needed. Good IT skills and sound financial accounting experience is essential. Previous council experience will be beneficial.

The successful applicant will be:

  • able to deal with a varied range of situations and demands.
  • expected to hold, or be prepared to work towards completion of, the Certificate of Local Council Administration or the Certificate in Higher Education in Local Policy, to enable the Council to work towards Quality Status.
  • responsible for drafting and circulating our agenda, taking minutes for evening meetings, held normally every month, and for all correspondence and liaising with contractors.

The post is part-time at 39 hours per month and the conditions of employment and remuneration are based upon the National Association of Local Council’s salary recommendations, dependent on qualifications and experience. There is no office provided, and you are expected to work from home, but the Council will supply computing and printing facilities, together with Council files, which you will need space to store.

Please send your completed Application Form and a covering letter setting out your reasons for applying for this post and what you would bring to the role

 

To:  Cllr S N Clifford

Chairman, Woore Parish Council

Two Robins

Cherry Tree Lane

Woore

CW3 9SR

 

Application Forms can also be found on the Parish Council website – www.wooreparishcouncil.org under the “Vacancies” section, or requested from the Chairman as above.

 

Closing date for completed applications – 31st October 2014

SPCA “75th Anniversary” Conference

“Excellence in Community Service” Award 2014

Congratulations to Tatenhill Parish Council, the first winners of the Association’s “Excellence in Community Service” Award sponsored by Streetscape Ltd. The award was presented by HM Lord-Lieutenant of Staffordshire, Mr Ian Dudson, CBE, at the conclusion of the Association’s 75th Anniversary Conference on 11th June.

In announcing the winner of the Award, SPCA President Ian Ashbolt commented on how the entry exemplified the way in which a local council could demonstrate its value to the community that it served and secure widespread endorsement of a significant increase in the precept levied on electors provided that it could demonstrate value for money.

Here follow the details of the winning entry, in the Council’s own words

This is just a brief outline of how a relatively simple project – “how to engage with the community” evolved into a DCLG Front runner parish that has just submitted its Neighbourhood Development Plan to East Staffordshire Borough Council for Independent examination.

Tatenhill was a typical sleepy rural parish, large in area but small on population represented by just seven parish councillors. The annual precept for 2009/2010 of £5,500 is indicative of what Council did year on year. The introduction of some fresh blood and new faces onto the Council resulted in a decision to attempt to improve communication with the parishioners; to identify and deliver what they, the electorate, wanted. With a relatively new councillor came much needed experience in thinking “big” – a Parish Plan was needed.

Council facilitated the formation of a formally constituted Community Group to enable Awards4All funding for the project. Their personal door to door delivery system (and return to collect completed questionnaires) achieved a magnificent 67% response rate. But it also established a network of volunteers that continues to this day delivering information around the parish. The Plan was produced and published in 2011 (with the support of East Staffordshire Borough Council) and clearly identified what was important to the parishioners.

But this was just a beginning – how were these tentative green shoots of engagement to be nurtured? How could Council build on a good start and strengthen the links with the Community? The provision of a good, reliable broadband service across the parish was a top priority for the community. Could Council influence the provision of this 4th utility within the Parish? A sub group of the Community Group was formed and a two phase approach evolved. The first phase brought a wireless network into the Parish enabling access to very high speed connections. Phase two continues to talk to Staffordshire County Council and BT, looking to get a fibre feed into the parish and provide an alternative source to some if not all of the parish.

Meanwhile the Parish Council picked up on the importance of Open Spaces identified in the Parish Plan. Accessing significant grant funding and the active support of SCC a previous eyesore has been transformed into Tatenhill village green. A similar transformation was undertaken on land in front of the Alms Houses and at the village hall helping to unify the public spaces in the village.

A Parish Design Guide seemed to answer parishioner’s desires to preserve/enhance existing street characteristics and appearances. But how? With the mandate of the Parish Plan questionnaire consultants were engaged. Following further consultation with the Parishioners and the Community Group the Design Guide was published in March 2012 and has been adopted by East Staffordshire Borough Council.

The Parish Council now wanted to take on parishioner’s wider wishers but was unclear as to how. Along came the Localism Act 2011 and the DCLG Front runner funding opportunity. An ambitious plan was hatched. A successful funding bid was followed by instructing the Design Guide consultants to now embark on a Neighbourhood Development Plan. After 18 months of consultation events across all the elements of our community The Neighbourhood Development Plan was submitted to ESBC in April 2014 for independent examination.

So, in the last 3½  years this Council has definitely empowered the local community; given the community a large say in the production of three significant documents, two of which will sit in the Borough Council’s Planning Policy Framework. The Parish Council are secure in the knowledge that they have more than achieved their initial aim – they have  engaged with and so empowered the community.

Tatenhill is now recognised locally as an active Parish Council where, yes, the precept has increased (£19,750 in 2013/2014) but “other income(grants etc.) has also increased from £3 bank interest to a total of £158,180 over the four years – an extra eight years’ worth of income.

On the way Council has built relationships with both the County and Borough Council; it has engaged with Staffordshire Police in distributing “Smart Water” in the Parish; established a parish ranger service to maintain the area; a Speedwatch group performs regular checks manned by volunteers; communication channels have been established utilising a quarterly Newsletter hand delivered across the parish as well electronically mailed and uploaded to a virtual notice board on the website. In 2012 Council were presented with the opportunity to buy a 15 acre field and establish a community woodland thanks to grant funding from East Staffordshire BC and the National Forest. Phase 2 of the Broadband delivery is yet to be completed but continues to be worked on.

Congratulations also to Penkridge Parish Council, which received a commendation as runner-up for the “Excellence in Community Service” award in recognition of its highly successful “Let’s Celebrate Penkridge!” festival held in May this year. This initiative, which drew together more than fifty local voluntary and not-for-profit organisations, clearly made a very positive contribution to the development of community spirit and enhanced the profile of the Parish Council.

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