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Medstead Parish Council

Parish Council Elections

Have you considered becoming a Parish Councillor? This is now your chance! We have our Parish Council elections coming up on Thursday 2nd May 2019.

What is a Parish Council?

A parish council is a local authority that makes decisions on behalf of the people in the parish.  It is the level government closest to the community, with the district authority (Est Hampshire District Council (EHDC)) above it in the hierarchy.

As it is the authority closest to the people, parish councils are invariably the first place people will go with concerns or ideas.  For this reason they are a vital part of any community.

Why become a Parish Councillor?

If you live in a community where something ‘big’ has happened, you’ll know that when people in the community need support and guidance, it is sometimes the parish council that is turned to.

By becoming a parish councillor you become someone your community will look to for help, guidance and support with the power to influence decisions for the benefit of the people you serve.  Seeing your community change for the better, as a result of decisions you have helped make, is something that can give you a sense of achievement and pride.

What decisions do Parish Councils make?

Parish councils make all kinds of decisions on issues that affect the local community.  Probably the most common topics that parish councils get involved with are planning matters (they are statutory consultees), crime prevention, managing open spaces and campaigning for and delivering better services and facilities.

It’s true to say that on their own, parish councils have limited powers to make decisions.  But they do have the ability to negotiate with, and the power to influence, those other organisations that do make the final decisions (such as EHDC, health authorities, police etc.).

In this respect parish councils are extremely powerful.  The organisations that make the final decisions know that a parish council gives the best reflection of how a community feels about something, and its views will be taken seriously.

How much time does it take up?

Councils usually meet once a month for the full council meeting, to which members of the public are also invited.  Meetings may last around two hours, depending on the agenda set for the meeting to discuss.  Medstead Parish Council have committees to deal with specific subjects such as planning, maintenance and financial issues.

How long does a parish councillor serve for?

Once elected, parish councillors sit on the council for a maximum of four years.  If they then want to stay in the post they can stand for re-election. 

Am I eligible to be a Parish Councillor?

To stand for election on a parish council, you must: 

  • be a UK or commonwealth citizen, or;
  • be a least 18 years old.

To be eligible to stand for an election for a particular parish, you must:

  • be an elector of the parish, or;
  • for the whole of the previous 12 months have occupied (as owner or tenant) land or other premises in the parish, or;
  • during the previous 12 months have worked in the parish (as your principal or only place of work), or;
  • for the whole of the previous 12 months lived in the parish or within three miles of the parish boundary.

You don’t have to be connected to a political party.

If you do become a parish councillor you will have to sign up to the Code of Conduct.

What powers do parish councils have?

They have a wide range of powers which essentially related to local matters, such as looking after community buildings, open space, allotments, play areas, street lighting, bus shelters, car parks and much more.  The council also has the power to raise money through taxation, the precept.  The precept is the parish council’s share of the council tax.  The precept demand goes to the billing authority, the district council, which collects the tax for the parish council.

Parish Duties

Medstead Parish Council has 9 Councillors who stand for election every five years.  The duties and functions of a parish council are many and varied.

The Council meets monthly and considers matters referred to it by local residents. All meetings are open to the public and there is an open forum before the start of the meeting at which members of the public can raise concerns and ask questions.  There is also an annual meeting which all parishioners are invited to attend.  All meetings are advertised on the parish council notice boards and web site.  Residents can bring to the attention of the parish council anything that concerns them, either directly or through the clerk.  If matters raised are not the responsibility of the council, the clerk can bring them to the attention of the proper authority.

The Nomination Process

We thought it will be quite important to go through the nomination process as this only happens once every 4 years (in most places – depending on vacancies through the year!). Just simply complete the nomination form to apply. In or to lessen any potential issues in completing the form, during March/April, EHDC are offering an appointment system (from 22nd March – 3rd April 2019) to check and process nomination forms, so please call them on 01730 234093 to book an appointment.

Download the attached form and complete but please note that all nomination forms must be hand delivered to our main reception and not posted.

Attached documents and useful links

Attached are the following documents:

  • A Nomination pack
  • A copy of the election timetable
  • Electoral commission – ‘can you stand for election?’

You may find the following link to the Electoral Commission helpful  https://www.electoralcommission.org.uk/i-am-a/candidate-or-agent/parish-and-community-council-elections-in-england-and-wales

And a link to our elections webpage https://www.easthants.gov.uk/elections-may-2019

Medstead Parish Council has nine councillors representing local people, supported by the Parish Clerk who is also the Council's primary point of contact. The Council has three main sub-committees: Planning, Maintenance and Finance & General Purposes.

The Chairman of the Parish Council may also attend committee meetings ex officio as a non-voting member.

Your current local councillors are:

Position Name Email Committee

Chairman

Deborah Jackson

Jackson.medsteadpc@gmail.com

 

Finance & General Purpose (Chair)

Vice Chairman

Roy Pullen

Pullen.medsteadpc@gmail.com

 

Planning

Finance & General Purpose

Reserve Maintenance

Councillor

Andrew Jackson

TBC. Until a dedicated e mail address is set up, all communication for Cllr Jackson via the Parish Clerk please.

Maintenance

Councillor

Charles Clark

TBC. Until a dedicated e mail address is set up, all communication for Cllr. Clark via the Parish Clerk please.

Planning

Councillor

Ken Kercher

Kercher.medsteadpc@gmail.com

Maintenance

Councillor

Jean Penny

Penny.medsteadpc@gmail.com

Maintenance

Reserve Planning

Councillor

Michael John Smith

TBC. Until a dedicated e mail address is set up, all communication for Cllr Smith via the Parish Clerk please.

Planning

Councillor

Georgina Fuzzard

TBC. Until a dedicated e mail address is set up, all communication for Cllr Fuzzard via the Parish Clerk please.

Maintenance

Reserve Planning

Councillor

Michael James Smith

TBC. Until a dedicated e mail address is set up, all communication for Cllr Smith via the Parish Clerk please.

Planning

Reserve Maintenance

Hampshire County Councillor, Alton Rural:

Name E Mail address Column 3

Mark Kemp-Gee

mark.kemp-gee@hants.gov.uk

District Councillor(s)

Name E Mail

Cllr Ingrid Thomas

ingrid.thomas@easthants.gov.uk

Cllr Jonathan May

TBC

Cllr Diana Tennyson

TBC

Parish Clerk

Name & Contact Address E Mail / Telephone

Peter Baston

Parish Clerk & Responsible Finance Officer

 

 

clerk.medsteadpc@gmail.com

tel 07908 932472

Repesentatives

Medstead Sports Club Committee: Cllr Ken Kercher

Medstead Village Hall Management Committee: TBA http://www.medsteadvillagehall.co.uk/

East Hampshire Association of Parish and Town Councils (EHAPTC): Cllr Mike James Smith www.hampshirealc.org.uk/District_Associations/East_Hampshire_APTC.aspx

Medstead Parish Plan Implementation Committee : Cllr Deborah Jackson 

Medstead Footpath Officer: Mr C Whapshare / Cllr Georgy Fuzzard

Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group: Cllr. Roy Pullen

Community Tasking Co-ordination Group: Cllr Mike John Smith

Medstead Allotment Representative: Cllr Mike James Smith