Parish Council Vacancy

During the course of this months Parish Council meeting the possibility that a vacancy for a new Parish Councillor is likely to occur, due to impending retirement in the near future, became apparent.

If this happens the PC have the power to co-opt a replacement during the intervening period before the next Parish Council Election,s in May 2021.

A guide to the role, duties and importance of Parish Councillors, entitled Community Engagement can be viewed at this link.

The duties are not onerous, meetings are only held every two months, in Whittington Village Hall on a Monday evening, and the PC would like to hear from anyone prepared to become engaged in this aspect of local democracy.

Anyone who would like to look further into this opportunity should contact, in the first instance, either:

Gillian Hodgson, Clerk to the PC; email: gillianhodgson6@gmail.com; Tel: 015242 21814
or
Colin Hall, Vice Chairman; email: sellethall@hotmail.com;
Tel: 015242 71865.

John Keegan, on behalf of Whittington PC

One thought on “Parish Council Vacancy”

  1. The link to “community engagement” provides some interesting reading and with luck our PC will take the opportunity of examining their role with thier new member.

    Page 8 seems particularly relevant:

    “Community Engagement the benefits
    There are three compelling reasons why councils need to engage with their communities;
    The Governments empowerment agenda (Councils have a duty to inform, consult and involve their stakeholders) and will be judged under the new Comprehensive Area Assessment (CAA). Councils will be judged on how well they work with partners to engage their citizens and improve the local area.
    It will help to improve the councils reputation and build trust among their residents and
    Will aid effective communication which is fundamental in promoting better community relations.
    Why consult the community?
    Consultation is an important way of engaging your residents and building trust, however councils need to be clear at the outset why they are consulting and what residents can and can’t influence. More importantly they should feedback the outcome of the consultation and why the decision was taken.
    How to engage with hard-to-reach groups
    Some disadvantaged groups have a greater need for council services while also experiencing greater barriers to accessing them. Local knowledge and understanding the diversity of the community are essential, as is the understanding the way different groups like to communicate. Some people will prefer direct contact with the council, either face- to-face or over the phone. Others may prefer communicating through the web, text messaging, blogs and podcasts. Some may need very directly targeted communication because of disability, culture, language or literacy factors. Community centres and residents’ organisations can be particularly effective channels for two-way communication.
    People in deprived or isolated areas may have particular difficulties in communicating with the council, such as:
    living on estates that do not receive the council newspaper
    lack of access to IT – the ‘digital divide’
    lower literacy levels
    limited social interaction for due to family/work commitments or mobility and health reasons.”

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