New dates for Mobile Library

New dates for The Mobile Library that visits the Swan Car Park, Coombe Hill will be pinned up on the notice boards later this week.  The Mobile Library parks in the car park from 15:10 TO 16:10 on the following Fridays: 29th March, 26th April, 24th May, 21st June and 19th July. They bring a good selection of books for both adults and children. You can use a computer free of charge.

Parish Councillor Vacancy – Your Parish Needs You!

PARISH COUNCIL VACANCY

Parish councils depend on local people taking an interest in what happens in their community, whatever their background, local people standing as councillors can bring a wealth of knowledge and community understanding into the local team.

Leigh Parish Council currently has 4 Councillors (need 5) who have represented the Parish since the last election in 2015. These Councillors remain in office for a four year term.

The population of Leigh Parish Council will increase with the suggested house building within the Parish. The parish is mainly made up of three distinct areas, Coombe Hill, The Leigh village and the houses along the A38. It would be desirable to have residents from each of these areas to serve on the council so that local views or concerns can be discussed. At present we do not have anyone from The Leigh Village.

 A Parish Council is the elected local authority.  It is the tier of local government that is closest to the people. It is not a voluntary organisation, a charity or something to do with the Church. 

WHAT CAN THEY DO? 

Parish Councils can only act within the law by exercising those powers and functions that have been conferred on them by Statutes (i.e. Acts of Parliament). The range of powers Parish Councils have are limited. They have the right to be consulted by the Local Planning Authority on all planning applications in their area. This range of powers continue to change and proposals originally outlined in the Local Government White Paper 2006 which set out the government’s plans to reinvigorate local politics by giving more power to councils and communities continues.

The Parish Council can raise money by various means to do its work.  Mainly it gets its funds through a levy (Precept) on the Council Tax payers in the Parish. This Precept it collected by the District/Borough Council on the Parish Council’s behalf.

WHAT IS THE ROLE OF A PARISH COUNCILLOR?

The main thing is that you and your fellow Councillors have an active interest and concern for your local community. You will represent local people and, if necessary, work in partnership with them and others. Collectively you will want to facilitate the provision of local services and facilities and take decisions that form the policy of the Council.

As a new Councillor you will bring to the Council fresh enthusiasm and new ideas, a care for your community and a willingness to learn. Initially, of course, you may have little knowledge of Council work but this, together with experience and confidence, will follow.

WILL IT TAKE A LOT OF MY TIME?

It is possible to spend a lot of time on council work, but most people have jobs, families and hobbies that also demand a lot of time. However, as with most things, the more you put in, the more you (and your community) will get out.

As a member of Leigh Parish Council you would be asked to:

  • Attend all monthly Parish Council meetings to debate and make decisions on issues that affect the Parish. Quarterly updates are given on the finances of the Parish Council and it is all of the Councillor’s responsibility to monitor and agree the income and expenditure against the agreed budget. In December and January the budgets for the following year are prepared and agreed by council members. Audit checks are also made by some councillors to ensure that everything is in order.
  • Volunteer to be a part of any sub-committee or working party set up by the Council.
  • Attend other meetings if requested e.g. Tewkesbury Borough Council, Gloucestershire County Council.
  • Examine and comment on all planning applications sent to the Parish Council. Applications for large developments can contain a substantial amount of paper work that needs to be read and understood.
  • Attend any Training sessions deemed necessary by the Council. There is also a requirement for a member of the Parish Council to attend meetings/seminars arranged by Gloucestershire Association of Parish and Town Councils and Gloucestershire Rural Community Council.
  • Take an active interest in all parts of the Parish and surrounding areas.

Each week emails will be sent out by the Clerk and these will need to be read and if necessary responded to. Some emails may contain large attachments which may take some time to read and digest.

The Parish Council also runs a web site which is kept up to date with useful information for residents.

Part of an SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest) is within our parish boundary and therefore of interest to the Council. This is an enclosed area of protected meadow land owned privately but with a public right of way footpath through the field. The meadow is sited next to the old Coombe Hill Canal. The parish council together with English Nature want this area to continue and hope to be able to reduce negative effects that might arise through increased visitor pressure from future residents

IF YOU WISH TO STAND AS A COUNCILLOR YOU MUST SATISFY THESE REQUIREMENTS:

  • You need to be over 18 years of age
  • On the Electoral Register for the parish or have worked in the area for the preceding 12 months
  • A citizen of the European Union
  • A local government elector of the parish; or a person who during the whole of the 12 months before nomination as a candidate occupied land or other premises as owner or tenant in the parish. Or has, during the same period, resided in that area or within 3 miles thereof, or has during the same period, had a principal or only place of work in that area

YOU CANNOT STAND FOR ELECTION IF YOU:

  • Are bankrupt and an Order or Interim Restriction Order has been imposed
  • Have, within the past five years, been convicted in the United Kingdom of any offence and have had a sentence of imprisonment (whether suspended or not) for a period of over three months without the option of a fine
  • Work for the council where you are intending to stand for election (but you can work for other local authorities, including the principal authorities that represent the same area)

WHAT NEXT?

 If You Want To Do More for Your Community – If You Want To Spend Your Time Productively – If You Can Think, Listen and Act Locally – then BECOME A PARISH COUNCILLOR.

Read the Notice of Co-option document

Please contact Kate Tilling, the Clerk via email to register your interest and receive the Co-option paperwork. CLOSING DATE for Applications is 5pm on Monday 18th February 2019

 

Consultation on revised national and local list of planning application requirements from Tewkesbury Borough 26th Nov to 19th Dec 2018

Tewkesbury Borough Council has published for consultation a review of the ‘Local List’ for planning applications. This sets out what applicants need to submit for planning applications to ensure that they are valid and can be assessed. In addition, a guidance note in relation historic environment assessments has been prepared to assist applicants.

The consultation is open between 29 November 2018 and 19 December 2018.

To view the consultation documents and find out how to respond please visit:www.tewkesbury.gov.uk/local-list-of-planning-application-requirements

In order to make it easier to submit responses an online consultation form has been set up and we are encouraging people to use it to make their comments. This form can also be downloaded so responses can be emailed and posted to the Council.

Representations on any of the documentation should be made in writing, either via:
• the online consultation
• by post to: Development Management, Tewkesbury Borough Council, Gloucester Road, Tewkesbury, GL20 5TT

JCS Issues & Options and Ashchurch Concept Masterplan Consultation 12th Nov 18 to 11th Jan 19

The Joint Core Strategy was adopted in December 2017 and this sets out the identified need and location for employment and housing sites, and associated infrastructure, up to 2031.

The adoption came with a commitment to carry out an immediate review on the issues of housing supply for Gloucester and Tewkesbury and the retail policies for the whole area.

This stage of the review, called ‘Issues and Options’, will look again at the growth needs and options up to and potentially beyond 2031 and the strategy for delivering it.

The three councils have now approved the ‘Issues and Options’ consultation, the first stage of plan-making, which aims to generate engagement and ideas on these key issues.

It is important to recognise that the Issues and Options review does not propose a new strategy, new sites or policies. Rather, the consultation document asks members of the public, and any other stakeholders,
15  key questions to help develop a way to best deliver growth, including:

–          What should the scope of the review be?
–          What timeframe should the review plan for?
–          Are the JCS vision, aims and objectives still relevant?
–          How can the review best plan for city/town centres so they remain vital and viable in the future?
–          Are there suitable sites for development?
–          What infrastructure needs should be considered?

The consultation lasts for over eight weeks between Monday, 12 November 2018 and Friday, 11 January 2019.

A Consultation event will be held at Tewkesbury Town Hall on 13 December 4-7pm, where members of the public can come along, ask questions and have their say. Alternatively, members of the public can view the consultation documents and have their say online at https://jointcorestrategy.org/joint-core-strategy-review

Senior Responsible Officer for the Joint Core Strategy and Tewkesbury Borough Council’s Chief Executive, Mike Dawson, said: “We encourage members of the public to take part in this initial consultation which will take place at the end of November through to the New Year. It’s important that as many people as possible tell us how they feel about the Issues and Options so that we can consider the feedback carefully in the further development of the JCS reviewThis consultation will take place for the minimum statutory 6 week period between the 12th November 2018 and 11th January 2019.

Comments received by the deadline will be considered and will help to inform the preparation of the plan.

If you wish to make comments on either the Joint Core Strategy or the Ashchurch Concept Masterplan then you can respond to consultation via our website: https://jointcorestrategy.org/joint-core-strategy-review where there is additional information about submitting representations. In order to make it easier to submit responses an online consultation form has been set up and we are encouraging people to use it to make their comments. This form can also be downloaded so responses can be emailed and posted to the Council.

Representations on any of the documentation should be made in writing, either via:

·         the online consultation available via: https://jointcorestrategy.org/joint-core-strategy-review

·         by email: info@jointcorestrategy.org

·         by post to: Planning Policy Team, Deputy Chief Executive’s Unit, Tewkesbury Borough Council, Gloucester Road, Tewkesbury, GL20 5TT

The documents can be viewed on the JCS website at https://jointcorestrategy.org/joint-core-strategy-review  or at Tewkesbury Borough Council’s main offices (at the above address) and at all libraries and advice centres in the borough – opening times and other details are available at www.tewkesbury.gov.uk.

Tewkesbury Borough Plan – Preferred Options public consultation period

I write to inform you that the Preferred Options Tewkesbury Borough Plan was approved for public consultation at a meeting of the Council on 26thSeptember 2018.

This consultation will take place for the minimum statutory 6 week period between the 10th October 2018 and 26th November 2018.

All comments must be received by 5pm on 26th November 2018.  Comments received by the deadline will be considered and will help to inform the preparation of the plan.

If you wish to make comments on what the Tewkesbury Borough Plan should contain you can respond to the consultation via our website:www.tewkesbury.gov.uk/boroughplan  where there is additional information about submitting representations. In order to make it easier to submit responses an online consultation form has been set up and we are encouraging people to use it to make their comments. This form can also be downloaded so responses can be emailed and posted to the Council.

Representations on any of the documentation should be made in writing, either via:

Supporting documentation can be viewed on the council’s website at www.tewkesbury.gov.uk/boroughplan  or at Tewkesbury Borough Council’s main offices (at the above address) and at all libraries and Advice Centres in the borough – opening times and other details are available atwww.tewkesbury.gov.uk.

If you have any other questions on this consultation the Planning Policy Team can also be contacted on planningpolicyenquiries@tewkewsbury.gov.uk

Matthew Barker

Planning Policy Manager

Planning Policy

Tewkesbury Borough Council