A Happy New Year to everyone in the Parish. I hope that it proves to be so, and that we can all proceed with a new look Parish Council without any resentments.
We are delighted to announce that our new Clerk is in post. Helen is also the part-time Clerk at Fownhope, and is just coming to the end of her CiLCA training, a specific qualification in Local Council Administration. She will be a huge asset to the Parish and is looking forward to her new job.
Her contact details are:
Mrs Helen Tinson
Wall Hills Farm
Email the Clerk
I would just like to reiterate that the Parish Council can only communicate with those who contact us directly with a verifiable name and address. We have been made aware of rumour and gossip about all sorts of Council issues. If you have any comments, questions or concerns do contact Helen. She will be able to respond herself, or take the matter to full Council. However, if the matter concerns a breach of our Code of Conduct then please forward your concerns to the Monitoring Officer at Herefordshire Council so that any serious allegations can be dealt with by the appropriate organisation.
We hope to have our new website live next week on www.cradleyparishcouncil.gov.uk
The old site, kindly run by Ken Nason for many years, will be taken down as soon as we are happy with the new site. The new site will have some interesting interactive features, which we will share with you as soon as Helen has undergone the appropriate training. Now we have a Clerk in post we will develop a communications strategy, which may involve restarting the Facebook page. Again, we will let you know as soon as this has been decided.
At our December meeting it was resolved to postpone the January Parish Council meeting to Tuesday 23rd January at 19:00 in Storridge Village Hall so that we can welcome the successful 11 candidates from the January 11th election as new Parish Councillors. There has not been a contested election for many years, so this is an exciting time for democracy in Cradley and Storridge. Just to make it clear, if nobody resigns between now and May 2019 there should not be a further election in that period. A further election has significant financial implications for the Parish as the total cost of an election is paid for out of the precept. May 2019 is when the next mandatory Council elections are due to take place again, and it is possible that the number of Councillors will be reduced to 12 from that date (rather than the current 15}, but this is yet to be finalised by Herefordshire Council.
We will be presenting the Draft Precept for 2018/2019 at our January meeting so please look out for this on the website. Parishioners are free to ask us questions about how we allocate the money for next year. The precept has to be ‘signed off’ at the February meeting and then submitted to Herefordshire Council.
Again, I wish you all a Happy New Year and I look forward to continue working with you for the good of our community.
6th January 2018