Every four years Parish Councillors are required to stand down and then, if they wish, stand for re-election; this is when other residents can also stand. The past four year tenure is almost up and during March, April and May 2019 the election process will be followed. Nomination papers will be available from late February/early March and can be obtained from your local Parish Clerk. These have to be hand delivered to West Suffolk Council (WSC) by 4.00pm on 3rd April; no posting, faxing or e-mailing is permitted.
Once the nominations deadline passes, WSC will then assess how many nominations they have received for each Parish Council. If there are the same or fewer nominations as the number of seats, these candidates will automatically be elected without a poll being taken. Where there are more candidates than there are seats, then a poll must be held. For example, within Red Lodge Parish Council there are 9 seats on the Council. If there are 9 or fewer candidates then these people will automatically be elected to office. If there are 10 or more candidates then there will be a poll. Any polls will be held on 2nd May, alongside the District Council elections.
If you are interested in being a Parish Councillor there are eligibility criteria (set by national legislation):
Candidates MUST be over 18 and MUST be either a British or Irish Citizen or a citizen of a member state of the EC (this may change after 29th March!). In addition, Candidates MUST then qualify in one (or more) of the following ways:
Unfortunately, if you are an employee of the Parish Council, subject of bankruptcy orders, have been convicted of a criminal offence in the past 5 years, been imprisoned for not less than 3 months or been found guilty of illegal and corrupt practices, then you are not eligible to stand.
In the event of a ‘Contested Election’ (i.e. where it is necessary to hold a poll) candidates are very welcome to campaign and produce material about themselves to win-over voters. However, there are strict rules around this and any candidate who feels this is necessary should consult their local Parish Clerk for the guidelines.
So, are you up for a challenge? If you are, please feel free to contact the Parish Council Clerk who can give you further information and assistance.
The latest Safer Neighbourhood Team Newsletter can be viewed by by clicking on the links below:-
SUFFOLK’s first ever comprehensive flood risk management plan is set to be considered by county councillors next week.
The strategy, which primarily focuses on flash flooding caused by heavy and sustained rainfall, aims to reduce the risk of flooding and the misery and economic damage that it can cause.
It sets out what organisations responsible for managing the risk of flooding will do to limit its impact and details how members of the public and business owners can take action to protect their properties.
It follows months of public consultation and consideration by all of the county’s district and borough councils, Natural England and the Environment Agency.
It is estimated that one in six properties in Suffolk is at risk of flooding from one or more sources. This includes around 11,750 properties at risk of surface water flooding and 2,900 at risk of river flooding.
The strategy sets out what the responsible organisations will do to manage the risk. Actions include:
SUFFOLK COUNTY COUNCIL’S cabinet is set to consider whether to endorse demands for hourly rail services between Ipswich and Peterborough and new carriages as part of a Suffolk Rail Prospectus.
The report being put to cabinet on Tuesday 11 December will outline what the county considers to be necessary improvements to the rail network in Suffolk.
COUNTY councillors are to reconsider a decision on how a national concessionary bus pass scheme will be made available in Suffolk.
Suffolk County Council cabinet members will reconsider whether or not to enhance the basic scheme which provides free travel between 09:30 and 23:00 on weekdays, and all day at weekends and bank holidays, for older people and those with disabilities.
Suffolk’s Adoption Agency will be supporting this year’s National Adoption Week (5- 11 November) with a launch event and a number of information sessions throughout the county.
In an effort to raise local awareness the Suffolk Adoption Agency will be calling for people to come forward and express their interest in adopting a local child. There is a particular need for prospective adopters for sibling groups and children with additional needs.
Following a launch event on the 5th November from 12-12:30pm, at Endeavour House in Ipswich, Suffolk Adoption Agency will be hosting a number of lunchtime and evening ‘drop-in’ information events in November to coincide with the National Adoption Week campaign. The events that the Adoption Service are promoting are:-
The Parish Council is currently consulting with local residents as to the siting and design of bus shelters to be placed on Hundred Acre Way as seen on the attached document showing the proposed locations of shelters, which can be easily located by the bus stop road markings now in place on the road surface.