Parish Councillor Vacancy

NOTICE UNDER LOCAL GOVERNMENT ACT, 1972 (Section 87(2))

VACANCY FOR A COUNCILLOR

PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN  

that a casual vacancy has occurred in the office of Councillor for the Parish of Selattyn and Gobowen following the resignation on 19th October 2018 of Councillor Amy Britner.

 Rule 5(2) of The Local Elections (Parishes and Communities) (England and Wales) Rules, 2006 now applies.

The rule allows TEN ELECTORS for the parish [ward] in which the casual vacancy has arisen to request the Returning Officer to hold an election to fill the vacancy.* That request must be made within FOURTEEN DAYS, calculated in accordance with the rules,** of the date of this notice. The fourteen-day period ends on 9th November 2018.               .

What if a request to hold an election is not received during the permitted time?

Rule 5(5) of the above Rules will apply. The Parish Council must, as soon as practicable after the expiry of the fourteen-day period, co-opt a person to fill the vacancy.

The Returning Officer’s address is:

Electoral Services, Shropshire Council, The Shirehall, Abbey Foregate, Shrewsbury, Shropshire SY2 6ND

The telephone number for further guidance is 0345 678 9015.

This notice is dated 22nd October 2018.

 Dianne Dorrell, Locum Clerk, c/o SALC Office, Shirehall Abbey Foregate, Shrewsbury

SY2 6ND, email: clerk@selattyn-gobowenpc.org.uk, Tel. 01743 252744  

                                                                                                                                   

 *           There is no form of words for this request, which might simply be a letter headed with such words as “We the undersigned being electors for the [Ward of] … Parish, call for an election to fill the vacancy arising from the [death][resignation] of …”. A template entitled “Request for an Election” is available to download from Shropshire Council’s website – www.shropshire.gov.uk – under “Current Council Vacancies”. It is helpful if the ten signatures are accompanied by printed names and addresses.

**          In calculating the notice period, day one is the day following the date of this notice; a Saturday, Sunday, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Good Friday or a Bank Holiday or day appointed for public thanksgiving or mourning shall be disregarded, and the period closes at midnight on the fourteenth day after the date of this notice. Rule 5(2) of The Local Elections (Parishes and Communities) (England and Wales) Rules, 2006 now applies.

 

Selattyn and Gobowen Footpaths

Shropshire has nearly 3½ thousand miles of footpaths.  With dwindling resources, the County Council is unable to maintain all of these.  They have invited volunteers to help and Selattyn and Gobowen is the latest parish group in the Oswestry area helping to look after a large network of rights of way.

This P3 group (Parish Paths Partnership), was set up a year ago and has already carried out works such as clearing undergrowth, replacing parts of stiles, way-marking and discovering a backlog of problems including blocked rights of way.  It is a small, friendly gathering that meets in the morning of the second Friday of the month.  No special skills are required.  Tools are supplied and the County provide insurance and offer expert support for larger jobs such as installation of kiss-gates.

It is a good way, and a healthy way, to get to know the local area which is more extensive than one might imagine.  At the same time there is the satisfaction of ensuring that footpaths which have existed for hundreds of years continue to serve the community.

Anyone interested in joining the group should contact the coordinator :- Michael McKenna on 07565 528821.

Shropshire Hills AONB Partnership

The AONB Management Plan in under review and they would like to hear your views on

  • What do you most value about the Shropshire Hills?
  • What is changing, for better or worse?
  • What needs to be done, and how can we work together to do it?

The new AONB Management Plan will set out priorities to build support for the landscape over the next five years.  The more people they involve, the more successful the Plan will be.  Please follow the link to fill in our online survey – it should take no more than 10 minutes.  https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/YJGY7FS

Saving Parks In North Shropshire

Our parks and green spaces are where we go to play, relax and escape – but right now they’re in crisis. Cash strapped councils have been forced to slash the funding used to keep these public spaces alive. [1] And now, one of the last pots of money our parks could rely on has been axed. [2]

Heritage Lottery Fund’s parks programme invested millions of pounds in our parks and green spaces. [3] But they’ve just scrapped the fund, putting the future of our parks at risk. Now they’re asking the public how they should spend their money next year. [4] If thousands of us speak up for our parks now, we could secure the money they desperately need.

The Parks Alliance have started a 38 Degrees campaign to make sure parks get this vital funding back. [5] If hundreds and thousands of us add our names, it’ll show the Heritage Lottery Fund how much the public love their parks – and convince them to once again give them the cash they need.

SIGN THE PETITION 

From children playing sports with friends to families enjoying a sunday afternoon stroll, parks are for everyone. Unless they get the money they need, we could could see our much loved parks sold off to the highest bidder, or fall into disrepair. [6] It’s not about replacing council funding for our parks. But with councils struggling under the weight of huge government cuts, we can’t let this vital funding pot disappear.

Time and time again, 38 Degrees members have come together to celebrate and protect our beautiful open spaces. When the government planned to sell off our beloved national forests – we came together in our hundreds of thousands to stop them. [7] And just last year hundreds of us descended on parks up and down the country with our friends and family to celebrate our parks and show politicians that our green spaces are valued by everyone. [8]

NOTES:
[1] The Guardian: The end of parklife as we know it? The battle for Britain’s green spaces:
https://38d.gs/theguardianparks
[2] Heritage lottery fund: Changes to our grant making:
https://38d.gs/hlfstrategy
Horticulture week: HLF ending of Parks for People programme “a black day”:
https://www.hortweek.com/hlf-ending-parks-people-programme-a-black-day/parks-and-gardens/article/1452469
[3] See note 2
[4] Heritage Lottery Funds: We want to hear from you on HLF’s future direction and funding:
https://www.hlf.org.uk/about-us/news-features/we-want-hear-you-hlfs-future-direction-and-funding
[5] 38 Degrees: Protect Heritage Lottery Funding for Parks:
https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/protect-heritage-lottery-funding-for-parks
[6] LocalGov.co.uk: Council agrees to sell off 10% of its parks:
https://www.localgov.co.uk/Council-agrees-to-sell-off-10-of-its-parks-/44308
[7] 38 Degrees: Victory! Government to scrap plans to sell our forests:
https://home.38degrees.org.uk/2011/02/17/victory-government-to-scrap-plans-to-sell-our-forests/
[8] 38 Degrees: Have a Field Day:
https://home.38degrees.org.uk/2017/07/19/have-a-field-day-2/

Parish Grants – Apply Now!

At the March meeting the Parish Council considers applications for grant assistance from local organisations. If you would like an hard copy of the application form or to find out more information, please contact the parish clerk – 01691 829 571 / clerk@selattyn-gobowenpc.org.uk

Deadline for applications is Friday 16th February 2018.

Please click the link below to download the Grant Awarding Policy and Application Form:

Grant Awarding Policy and Application Form