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Newnham Parish Council


Chairman -  Terry Regan JP  Vice Chairman - T.B.A


 Councillors  without specific responsibilities:  John Powell          Hugh Jolly          Nick Shepherd          Nigel Fleet          Tessa Heathcote

To contact Marion Money, The Clerk to the Parish Council, click this link Clerk to Newnham Parish Council

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Financial Regulations      Standing Orders      Local Code Of Conduct      Village Asset's      Newnham Village Trees Survey Report      GRASS MOWING SCHEDULE 2018

               Internal Audits;      2017          2018          2019          2020


              Annual Returns;                      2018


           Accounts Paid (Over £100)      2018


   Budget / Spending Forecast         2019 / 2020


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           Agenda and Minutes of Annual Parish Council Meetings;

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Newnham Parish Council currently has a vacancy, for a Parish councillor.

You need have no special qualifications to apply for one of these positions, common sense though is essential.

Could you volunteer your time to help manage what's required in and around the village and Parish?

The council meets on the first Monday of each month at 7.30pm in the village hall. Meetings last around 2 hours.

To apply to join, click this link Clerk to Newnham Parish Council


What's expected of a Parish Councillor, and what does the council do?

Whichever route you take to becoming a councillor, once you formally accept the office, you are councillors working together in the council to serve your community. Your task is to bring local issues to the attention of the council, and help it make decisions on behalf of the local community. It is better for democracy if councillors are elected rather than relying on co-option, so they can be confident that the council is the community’s choice of representatives. The council, Your council, is a corporate body, a legal entity separate from that of its members. Its decisions are the responsibility of the whole body. The council has been granted powers by Parliament including the important authority to raise money through taxation (the precept) and a range of powers to spend public money. Your council is an elected body in the first tier of local government. Furthermore they influence other decision makers and can, in many cases, deliver services to meet local needs. In other words, you and your council can make a difference. What does your council do? Planning, highways, transport and traffic, community safety, housing, street lighting, allotments, cemeteries, playing fields, community centres, litter, war memorials, seats and shelters, rights of way – these are some of the issues that concern parish government. For example your council could provide or give financial support for: • an evening bus taking people to the nearest town • affordable housing to rent • pond clearing • redecorating the community centre • a teenagers’ drop-in club • a summer festival • equipment for a children’s activity group • transport to hospital. Projects like these may be a challenge and need hard work and commitment – but they are achievable.

Of course, your council could always decide to do very little; but local residents might then wonder why the local council exists at all.

Diversity often arises because councillors have different backgrounds, enthusiasms and interests. Councillors have different skills and attitudes; for example, some work with ideas while others are very practical; some like accounts while others prefer reports. The local council needs a range of skills to work as a team. Your chairman has the role of team leader for council meetings. The clerk is not a secretary and is not at the beck and call of the chairman or other councillors; the clerk is answerable only to the council as a whole. The clerk is the proper officer of the council in law. Legally councils can delegate decisions to clerks because they are trusted professional officers whose objectivity allows them to act for the council. The best councils will have a clerk and councillors who work as a team to provide a service for the community. Duties are legal obligations – actions that a council must take by law. Powers are contained in legislation and permit actions to be taken at the council’s discretion. The precept is the local council’s share of the council tax. The precept demand goes to the billing authority (the district council or equivalent) which collects the tax for the local council Principal councils. The job of your council is to represent the interests of the whole community. Understanding the needs of different groups in the community (such as young and elderly people) is an important part of your role as councillor. Occasionally there will be a conflict of interest requiring sensitive judgement; for example, dog owners, parents of young children and walkers might disagree about use of the village green. Making difficult decisions, in an open and reasoned way, is something that local councils need to do well. As a councillor, you have a responsibility to be well-informed, especially about diverse local views. You cannot assume that you represent the interests of all your electors without consulting them. • Surveys and questionnaires give residents, including children, an opportunity to express their views about where they live. The response rate from households can be impressive – usually over 50% – and in smaller communities, with personal delivery and collection, it can reach 90%. You should, of course, use the knowledge you have already as a basis for decisions on behalf of your community.

For many people, it is the satisfaction of acting on behalf of their local community that encourages them to become councillors.

The next challenge is to make sure that the council acts properly in achieving what it sets out to do. It must proceed with due care and attention to the law.

The next meeting of Newnham Parish Council will take place on Monday 1st October 2018.

The venue is Newnham Village Hall, commencing at 7.30pm.

Newnham parishioners, the general public and members of the press are invited to attend.

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