Charlton Horethorne 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?
Charlton Horethorne 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 Charlton Horethorne Parish Council
We are a very small Parish with just five members but we get involved in as many aspects of the community as we can. The only land we own is the Village Green, including the bench, planters, bins and notice board. We also own the bench and notice board at Stowell and three grit bins around the Parish. Our qualified Parish Clerk works twelve hours a month. In the main, we are involved in implementation of the Community Plan, 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://charltonhorethorne.org.uk/meetings/. Click HERE to see the Community Plan.
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.
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The Parish Council is pleased to announce that the national Local Council Award Scheme Accreditation Panel has awarded us Quality status. We understand that the panel commended the application generally and made particular reference to the council’s website, our training record and the evidence of consulting the community. The panel also commended the schedule for implementing the recommendations in the Community Plan. It was impressed by the process for reaching the decision to decide whether to have a community plan or a neighbourhood plan and the actual Community Plan which was produced. The panel cited the setting up of the Community Land Trust with the aim of providing affordable housing and the ambition to include some employment units as a great achievement for the council. We are proud to say that the panel generally found the achievements of the council to be excellent, particularly given the size of the council, the clerk’s hours and the level of resources.
We feel that such an award and commendation is not just a recognition of what we have been trying to achieve as a parish council supported by our excellent clerk, but also a tribute to the people within the parish. There is a strong community feeling, a can do attitude and a terrific willingness to volunteer. Attendance at the parish council meetings and annual parish meeting have been impressive and we have welcomed the contributions people have made to the discussions. The 60% response rate to the Community Plan was exceptional and way above the average. The time that people have been willing to put in to making things happen to implement the resulting policies has been amazing, from the community speed watch to improve road safety through to the celebration of Feast Day as well as walks leaflets, finger post restoration, large membership of the community land trust board and the community spring clean.
The award lasts for four years, so we hope to maintain the level of Quality and support whoever is elected to form the parish council in the elections next May to sustain this approach.