Parish Council Elections 2nd May 2019 – Get involved!

MAKE A CHANGE, BECOME A LOCAL COUNCILLOR

Pitcombe Parish Council is calling on residents, passionate about their community, to stand in the local elections in 2019.

What do councillors do?

Councillors are the champions of their community and give residents a voice on the decisions the council makes. Becoming a councillor will allow you to make a real difference in your community by engaging with residents, local groups and businesses to find out their needs; making decisions on which services and projects the council should take forward; and getting involved locally to ensure the services are meeting your community’s needs.

How long does it take?

Pitcombe Parish Council is very small so councillors spend approximately four hours per month on Parish Council activities.  This often includes attending meetings, engaging with residents and speaking on behalf of the council to other bodies.

Can I stand?

There are only a few rules to stand for election. You must be:

  • A British citizen, or a citizen of the Commonwealth, or the European Union
  • 18 years of age or older
  • Live in an area that is served by a local council

For more detailed information about eligibility to stand for election, click HERE.

About Pitcombe Parish Council

We are a very small Parish with just seven member but we get involved in as many aspects of the community as we can. We do not own any land but we do own two benches, five grit bins, two defibrillators and the telephone box in Pitcombe. Our qualified Parish Clerk works five hours a week. In the main, we are involved in commenting on planning applications and liaising with the county and district councils regarding roads, drainage and other outdoor issues. For a better idea of the matters we discuss, have a look at some of our minutes here: http://pitcombepc.org.uk/council-meetings/

How can I get involved?

Some of our present Parish Councillors will not be standing at the elections on 2nd May, so there will be opportunities for you to get involved. Nomination papers will be available from around 18th March and they must be submitted to South Somerset District Council by 3rd April.

To find out more, contact the Parish Clerk on 07742 930521 or via our website at http://pitcombepc.org.uk/contact-us/  or visit www.nalc.gov.uk/elections

 

Parish Clerk Vacancy

We have a vacancy for a Parish Clerk

The Council seeks to appoint a Parish Clerk and Responsible Financial Officer (RFO). The appointment is for an average of 5 hours per week and the salary will be as per the national recommended salary scale commensurate with experience for part time Clerks (WEF 1st April 2019) SCP LC1 7 – 12.

The Parish Clerk is responsible for organising all meetings of the Council, publishing agendas and minutes, dealing with correspondence, maintaining the Parish Council website, liaising with other organisations and overseeing certain projects. In addition, as RFO, the Clerk will be responsible for all aspects of financial administration of the Council.

The Clerk works from home and must be computer literate. A laptop, scanner and other equipment are provided. The successful applicant ideally should be CiLCA qualified or be prepared to undertake training to obtain the qualification. Attendance at the evening meetings of the Council is a requirement of the position. Normal meetings take place on the second Tuesday of every month.

For further details, a copy of the job description, person specification and application form please contact the Council at clerk@pitcombepc.org.uk. For an informal chat about the role please contact the current Clerk, Zöe Godden on the above email or by calling 07742 930521.

The closing date for applications is Sunday 5th May 2019 and interviews are planned for Wednesday 8th May 2019. To apply please send the application form to the above email address.