Willersey Parish, Other Councils and Representatives

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Willersey Parish and Other Councils

Parish Council
After the uncontested elections our Parish Councillors are :-
Stephen J.Jordan           Nigel J.Foxall
Dr Lena Stranks     
     The following councillors have been co-opted:-
Neville Jelfs           Paul Clark
Phil Bennett               Jayne Rose
Brian Lawrence               Martin Atkins

The Parish Council office has its own entrance at the back of the village hall. The Parish Clerk is Mrs C Twigger.
It is open from 9:30am to midday on Mondays only (not bank holidays). There is a postbox for it there. Our clerk is usually in the office every Monday morning to help, answer any queries if she can, or pass on concerns or questions to the Parish council for formal discussion. Our 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.

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.
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
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.

Parochial Church Council
As of 2011, Saintbury joined the Willersey Parochial Church Council.
The Chairman is Rev Scott Watts, and the Vice-Chairman is The Lord Dear. The 2015 annual meeting took place on Monday 27th April at 7:30pm in the Church.

The Members of the PCC are:-
Gillian Beale Penny Burch John Busbridge
Lady Alison Dear Lord Geoffrey Dear    
Robert McNeill-Wilson Tim Prestage Rev Scott Watts

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.

Cotswold District Council
Willersey is represented by two district councillors for Campden-Vale ward.
They are     Mr Mark Annett     and     Mr Lynden Stowe.
Councillor Mark Annett has been elected as Leader of Cotswold District Council. (Here is his Christmas Message for 2017).
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
Caravan Sites
Planning, including Planning Applications, Advice and Appeals
Building Control
Public Conveniences (in some locales)
Health and Leisure Centres
Refuse Collection
Tourism and Visitor Information

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@cliftonbrowng1@gmail.com

Member of the European Parliament
Our MEP is Earl William of Dartmouth MEP (UKIP).
Here are his contact details. There are six MEPs in the South West region of the UK.

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