Following the resignation of Maggie Rawcliffe, there is currently a vacancy for a councillor: Notice of Vacancy
Unless ten electors petition the Vale of White Horse District Council for a by-election by the deadline (at a cost of over £1,300 to be paid by the Parish Council), the Parish Council will proceed to co-opt to the vacancy at its next meeting.
South Hinksey Parish Council plays an important role in the community but ultimately can only be as effective as the individuals involved. We rely on volunteer Councillors with an interest in local affairs, a willingness to be a voice for the community, and the desire to affect change for the better.
The role of Parish Councillor includes:
- Preparing for and participating in monthly Parish Council Meetings (generally the first Monday evening of each month)
- Setting and managing the annual budget, which covers, amongst other things, maintenance of the verges, wildflower meadow and woodland; managing the burial ground; employing the Clerk; as well as various one-off special projects
- Contributing to planning consultations for building works within the Parish
- Campaigning on issues of importance to Parishioners such as: traffic and speed; road and pavement maintenance; flooding; access over the railway; and
- Listening out for and acting as a voice for concerns of parishioners.
There are currently places for five Parish Councillors (including the Chair), together with the Clerk to the Parish Council.
South Hinksey is unusual to the extent that it has two very distinct communities – the “hill” and the “village”. With much in common, they also have distinct and separate concerns (the hill doesn’t flood; the village doesn’t suffer through traffic speeding).
Consequently, the Parish Council seeks to ensure equal representation from both communities and we are keen to hear from Parishioners who might be interested in becoming a Councillor, or simply wish to learn more about the role.
Maggie Rawcliffe, the councillor who has resigned, was a very active parish councillor from the village. So the Council is inclined, provided a suitable candidate comes forward, to co-opt someone at its next meeting who would represent the village.
To put yourself forward for consideration for the vacancy, please send a short message outlining what contribution you believe you could make to the Council to the Clerk, no later than Sunday 1st July.
The whole Council is up for re-election in May 2019 when the Hill and Village parts of the parish will each be entitled to choose three councillors to represent them on an enlarged Parish Council.
Clerk – Geoffrey Ferres
c/o 20a Harley Road
Michael Cochrane (Chairman)
Matthew Frohn (Vice-Chairman)
34 Manor Road