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NOTICE OF VACANCY – Parish Councillor - Little Marlow Parish Council
Link to application form: http://www.littlemarlowparishcouncil.org.uk/community/little-marlow-parish-council-13433/councillors/
What is a Parish councillor?
Parish Councils are the first tier of local Government. Parish Councillors are elected to represent the interests of their local residents and to look after their well-being.
They are generally elected by the local residents every four years, but two vacancies for a Councillor on Little Marlow Parish Council have arisen.
Candidates will be invited to speak at the parish council meeting on 27th September 2022 for five minutes and candidates will be considered and elected by full council. Please ensure you are available to join the parish council meeting on 27th September 2022.
What do Parish Councillors do?
Parish Councillors have three main components to their work.
1. Decision making - Through attending meetings and committees with other elected members, councillors decide how the Council should deliver its services, what its policies should be, how the budget should be spent, how the Council’s assets and facilities should be used and maintained and how to respond to local planning applications.
2. Monitoring - Councillors make sure that their decisions lead to efficient and effective services by keeping an eye on how well things are working and on how funds have been spent.
3. Getting involved locally - As local representatives, councillors have responsibilities towards their constituents and local organisations. These responsibilities and duties may include:
• Representing the Council at meetings of local organisations
• Representing the Council at meetings of bodies affecting the wider community
• Taking up issues on behalf of their residents. Keeping an ear to the ground and taking a close interest in what is happening in the local community.
How much time does it take up?
On average Councillors spend two-three hours a week on Council work depending on whether there are any Council or outside meetings that week, what, if any, specific responsibilities they take on and what is going on in the local community and more widely. Obviously there are some councillors who spend more time than this - and some less, but in the main, being a parish councillor is an enjoyable way of serving your community, and helping to make it a better place to live and work.
As a councillor representing your community you will help keep it a great place to live and work. You will be supported in your role and will be expected to undertake training. You should be comfortable working electronically. You should have a positive outlook and a can-do attitude and be willing to work as part of a team. If after reading this notice you are interested in applying please contact the clerk to the council using the above details.
The closing date for applications is 12th September 2022
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The civil parish of Little Marlow broadly comprises 1,350 hectares of mainly farmland rising from the Thames-side meadows to the broad leaf woodland just south of the M40 motorway. Most of the parish is within the Green Belt and forms part of the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
From the 2001 census we know that there are 579 dwellings housing 1331 people. Many of these dwellings are located in the south of the parish in the settlements of Abbotsbrook, Well End, Fern, Westhorpe and the village of Little Marlow. The village also contains the 12th century church of St John the Baptist and the adjoining Manor House. We are well served by several attractive public houses and a well stocked farm shop with adjoining butcher/fishmonger.
This financial year 2020-2021 we are focusing on the refurbishment of the Pavilion.
We have published our Parish Newsletter for Winter 2020-21.
For your convenience, you can download a PDF version from our Newsletter Page.
In January 2009, Little Marlow Parish Council took on Devolved Powers from Buckinghamshire County Council. These are:
- Granting permissions for temporary event signage, removal of unauthorised signs and fly-posting;
- Issuing of hedge cutting notices;
- Notification of dangerous vegetation under section 154 (1) Highways Act 1980;
- Cleaning of road signs and minor traffic sign repairs;
- Checking for obstructions on pavements and footpaths; and
- Slip cutting & maintenance of roadside ditches.
In early 2015 Buckinghamshire County Council re-approached Parish Councils to ask if more Councils wished to undertake Devolved Services . Little Marlow has been providing these services for a number of years and resolved to continue under this new scheme. In addition to the services which we already provided, the Council took responsibility for 30 mph urban grass cutting within the parish. With additional responsibilities and a reduced budget, Little Marlow is working with volunteer groups and parishioners to ensure that all areas of the parish is well maintained and remain a lovely place to live.
Best Kept Village Competition 2020 & 2021 - The competition has been cancelled.
Best Kept Village Competition 2019 - Little Marlow was delighted to be awarded a merit certificate in Buckinghamshire Best Kept Village Competition.
Best Kept Village Competition 2018 - Little Marlow received another Highly Commended Certificate. Well done all residents