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Willersey Parish, Other Councils and Representatives


Parish Council

The official Willersey Parish Council web site.

After the uncontested elections in May 2019 our Parish Councillors are :-

Phil Bennett Paul Clark Neville Jelfs
Brian Lawrence Warren McDivitt Jayne Rose
Cathy Twigger     Nigel Foxall


The Parish Council office has its own entrance at the back of the village hall.
It is open from 9:30am to midday on Mondays only (not bank holidays). There is a postbox for it there. Our parish clerk Kevin O’Donoghue is usually in the office every Monday morning to help, answer any queries if he can, or pass on concerns or questions to the Parish Council for formal discussion. The telephone number is 01386 853635 and email address is    Parish Council meetings normally take place on the third Wednesday of every month at 7:30pm. The role of chairperson is on a rota. Parish Councils are the lowest tier of government in England, corporate bodies with a legal existence which has been granted powers by Parliament. Whilst the powers granted are limited, they do include the authority to raise money through taxation (the Precept) for expenditure on closely defined local matters. All the members of the Council are volunteers with a common aim to do something positive and hopefully, make a difference by influencing decisions that affect our community. Members of the public are welcome to attend the meetings. There is usually a short question and answer session before the formal council meeting commences.

The Annual Parish Meeting for 2019 took place on Monday 29th April at 7:30pm in the Village Hall.

The Annual Parish Meeting for 2018 was held on Monday 21st May at 7:30pm in the Village Hall. This is the meeting report.
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Here are the Notices of Election for the District Council and for the Parish/Town Council elections on 2nd May.

Nominations were received between 9am and 5pm on any working day from 19th March through to the deadline of 4pm on 3rd April.
For all candidates, nomination papers were hand delivered to Cotswold District Council offices in Cirencester – delivery was made by someone on behalf of the candidate if necessary.
Our staff were available to check nomination papers as and when candidates arrive.
If any of the candidates had any queries relating to nomination or the election process, they contacted us.

Sarah Dalby, AEA (Cert)
Electoral Services Manager/Deputy Returning Officer
Tel: 01285 623229

Elections to Cotswold District Council took place on Thursday 2nd May 2019. 34 councillors were elected across 32 wards.
Elections for all Parish and Town Councils across the District also took place on the same day, with more than 600 seats decided.

Ever thought of being a candidate?
The election process begins with the publication of Notices of Election on 18th March for the District, Parish and Town Councils.
To be a candidate at any of these elections, you must deliver completed nomination papers and supporting documents by hand to the Returning Officer at the Council Offices, Trinity Road, Cirencester, GL7 1PX by 4:00 pm on Wednesday 3rd April 2019.
The deadline for receipt of nominations is statutory and cannot be changed. We suggest that, wherever possible, candidates submit nominations a few days before the closing date. To ensure that a nomination is valid, the Elections Team can check the details informally before accepting the papers.
Nomination Packs, and further information about being a candidate, are available from our website on the Current & future elections page or contact our Elections Team.

We will also be holding two drop-in sessions for prospective candidates/councillors, where people can find out more about what is involved. These will take place as follows:-
· Thursday 7th March, 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm, CDC Area Centre, High Street, Moreton-in-Marsh;
· Tuesday 12th March, 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm, CDC Offices, Trinity Road, Cirencester.
It is hoped that representatives of the Gloucestershire Association of Parish and Town Councils (GAPTC) will also be present at those sessions.

Information for Voters

In order to be able to vote at any election, you must be included on the electoral register.
If you are not sure whether you are on the register, or if you have moved house recently and have not let us know, then take a few minutes to check, and make sure nothing stops you from having your say on election day. Contact our Elections Team to check if you are registered - elections@cotswold.gov.uk
If you are not already on the register of electors, and wish to vote at these elections, we must receive your application/registration by Friday 12th April 2019. The easiest way to register is online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote or contact the Elections Team for a paper form.

Can't make it to the Polling Station on Polling Day? Then choose postal or proxy voting.
If you will be away or won't be able to get to the polling station on election day, you can apply to vote by post.
To vote by post on 2 May, you will need to complete an application form and return it to us by 5 pm on Monday 15th April.
The same deadline applies if you want to make changes to an existing postal vote arrangement in time for the 2nd May elections.
Postal votes will be issued no later than 17th April.
Proxy voting is an option if you can't vote in person and do not want a postal vote - under this arrangement, you appoint someone you trust to vote for you at your polling station.
If you want to apply to vote by proxy at the elections on 2nd May, then we must receive your completed form by 5 pm on Wednesday 24th April.
If, however, you want to make changes to your existing proxy voting arrangements, then we must receive your completed application by 5 pm on Monday 15th April.
Useful Contact Details

The Elections Team will be available to provide help and assistance throughout the election process. Contact details are as follows:-
Telephone Helpline 01285 623002      E-mail elections@cotswold.gov.uk      Website www.cotswold.gov.uk

Further information about the elections and voting can be found at the following websites
www.electoralcommission.org.uk       www.yourvotematters.co.uk



Willersey Parish Council Auditors Report 2017-2018

Auditors Report & Certificate   Auditors Right to Inspect   Annual Governance Certificate



Willersey Parish Council Financial Report 2017-2018

The Exercise of Public Rights   Explanation of Variances   Bank Reconciliation
Accounting Statement   Another Accounting Statement   Audit Report   Annual Governance



At the Annual Parish Meeting in 2017, Cllr Lynden Stowe paid tribute to Mrs Jean Moore
for her 26 years continuous service on Willersey Parish Council.
Cllr Stowe presented the late Mrs Moore with a silver picture frame from the
Parish to mark her stepping down from the council.

What powers and duties do parish councils have?
Parish councils have a variety of powers and duties, all of which impact directly on the community.
Allotments
Burial Grounds, Cemeteries, Churchyards and Crematoria
Bus Shelters
Bye-laws – the power to make bye-laws concerning:baths and washhouses (swimming pools), cycle parks, mortuaries and pleasure grounds
Clocks – public clocks can be provided and must be maintained
Community Centres, Conference Centres, Halls, Public Buildings
Drainage – of ditches and ponds
Entertainment and the Arts
Footpaths
General Spending – parish councils can spend a limited amount of money on anything they deem of benefit to the community that is not covered by the other specific responsibilities described in this list
Gifts – parish councils may accept gifts
Highways – lighting, parking places, right to enter into discussions about new roads and road widening. Consent of Parish Council required for diversion or discontinuation of highway, traffic signs and other notices, tree planting and verge maintenance
Land – acquisition and sale of
Legal proceedings – power to prosecute and defend any legal proceedings in the interests of the community. Power to take part in any public enquiry
Litter - provision of litter-bins and support for any anti-litter campaigns
Planning – parish councils must be notified of, and display for residents, any planning applications for the area. Any comments submitted to the planning authority by the parish council must be taken into account
Postal and Telecommunication Facilities – power to pay a public telecommunications operator any loss sustained in providing services in that area
Public conveniences – provision and maintenance of public toilets
Recreation – provision of recreation grounds, public walkways, pleasure grounds, open spaces, village greens, gymnasiums, playing fields, holiday camps and boating ponds
Rights of Way – footpath and bridleway maintenance
Seats (public)
Signs – danger signs, place names and bus stops signs
Tourism – financial contributions to any local tourist organisations allowed
Traffic Calming
War Memorials
Water Supply – power to utilise stream, well or spring water and to provide facilities for general use

How to contact our Parish Council.   This map and this map show the extent of our Village Greens (both are large files) and here are Willersey Parish Council village greens bye-Laws.
Do report to the police any antisocial behaviour in the Parish.     Here are some academic thoughts about the optimum English village size.
Although dated 2003 most of the issues and comments in this Parish Plan are still relevant today.

Willersey Parish Council is a member of the Gloucestershire Association of Parish & Town Councils.

Councillors turned out in force for this event and they were delighted with the numbers of people who came to help with the “rubbish pick up party”
held on 11th April 2018. There were 19 people who turned up and within an hour they had collected a total of 12 bags full of rubbish from around the village.
A hearty thank you and well done from WPC to all who rallied to the call.
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Willersey Parochial Church Council

As of 2011, Saintbury joined the Willersey Parochial Church Council.
The Chairman is Rev Scott Watts. The 2019 annual meeting was on Wednesday 24th April at 7:00pm in the Church.

The Members of the PCC are:-
Robert McNeill-Wilson Rachael Barker Rev Scott Watts
Gillian Beale David Kelley Judith McNeill-Wilson
The minutes secretary is Sylvia Schambri.

The PCC meets approximately bi-monthly and endeavour regularly to focus on ways of reaching out to (and drawing in) members of the wider community. The local PCCs have all met their commitment in recent years to pay the Parish Share in full.

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Cotswold District Council

Willersey is represented by two district councillors for Campden-Vale ward.
They are     Mr Mark Annett     and     Gina Blomefield.
Councillor Mark Annett has been elected as Leader of Cotswold District Council. The three Committee Chairmen are Planning and Licensing Committee – Cllr Robin Hughes,     Overview and Scrutiny Committee – Cllr Jim Parsons     and Audit Committee – Cllr Barry Dare.
The Council Updates are here and here are the latest news and events from Cotswold District Council (CDC).

Cotswold District Council has many functions it carries out including:
Benefits - Housing and Council Tax
Car Parking
Concessionary Travel
Council Tax - Administration and Collection
Elections and Electoral Registration
Environmental Health (includes Domestic and Commercial Premises)
Food Safety and Hygiene Complaints
Noise Pollution and Pest Control
Housing Administration
Licensing
Caravan Sites
Planning, including Planning Applications, Advice and Appeals
Building Control
Public Conveniences (in some locales)
Health and Leisure Centres
Refuse Collection
Recycling
Tourism and Visitor Information

Most of Cotswold District Council staff are employed by the Publica Group.

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Gloucestershire
Willersey is represented by the county councillor for Campden-Vale division Cllr Lynden Stowe at Gloucestershire County Council.

Cotswold AONB Conservation Board
The Cotswold Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Conservation Board conserves and enhances the natural beauty of the Cotswolds AONB. It also increases understanding and enjoyment of the special qualities of the AONB. In fulfilling these roles, the board seeks to foster the social and economic well-being of local communities within the AONB.

Member of Parliament
Our MP is Sir Geoffrey Clifton-Brown MP (Conservative).
Here is his latest news and contact details on his website. He also writes an occasional extensive news section in the Chipping Campden Bulletin.
Telephone:- 01452 371630       email cliftonbrowng@parliament.uk or cliftonbrowng1@gmail.com

Member of the European Parliament
One of our South West Region MEPs is Ann Widdecombe MEP (Brexit).
There are six MEPs in the South West region of the UK.


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