Dinedor Parish Council

HRH THE DUKE OF EDINBURGH

1921 – 2021

The Councillors and staff of Dinedor Parish Council are deeply saddened at the news of the death of His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.  Our thoughts are with the Royal Family at this time.

Messages of condolence can be left online by clicking on the following link The Royal Family

Your Parish council = The closest tier of government to you.
The voice of local people.

We are in an unprecedented situation and have never known a period such as we are all
experiencing right now. Some of us may feel very worried, fearful or lonely and just need
someone to talk to, to encourage us or to do something practical. Lots of people will want to help others in their own community but its hard to be neighbourly when the advice is to keep your distance from other people and some may be self isolating.  This is the time for us all to step up in any way we can.

For the latest advice from Herefordshire Council on local efforts to support everyone and keep us safe, please check the Herefordshire Council website by clicking on the link

A weekly update on the number of cases in Herefordshire and information on the current status of the local area can be found by clicking here

Advice from the UK Government/NHS is available here

There is advice about what is being done within the parish to support our residents contained within the latest Dinedor Newsletter, a copy of which can be found on this website by clicking on the link.

STAY SAFE AND FOLLOW NHS AND GOVERNMENT GUIDELINES

Vacancy for a Parish Councillor

We currently have a vacancy for a Parish Councillor following the resignation of Duncan Green. The Notice of Vacancy can be found and downloaded by clicking on the highlighted section.   No request has been received by Herefordshire Council for an election to fill the vacancy which means that the Parish Council can now co-opt to fill the vacancy.  If you would like to be considered to fill this important voluntary role, please contact the Clerk or a member of the parish council for further information.

Parish Council meetings

The dates and times of forthcoming parish council meetings have changed.  Meetings will now take place on the third Thursday of every other month, starting in January 2021 and start at 6.00pm.

Under current regulations, Government advice is for Parish Council meetings to take place via video conferencing.  As lockdown rules change, we are hoping to return to face to face meetings as soon as possible but will of course have to guided by government guidelines.    The next full meeting of the Parish Council will take place on Thursday 20th May 2021 at 6.00pm and you will find supporting papers and more information about the meeting on the agenda.

All meetings of the parish council, whether via video conferencing or face to face are open to the public and details of how you can join the meeting can be found on the relevant agenda.

Forthcoming meeting dates

2021

20th May

 

 

 

Introduction

What are community, parish and town councils?
There are around 10,000 community, parish and town councils in England and Wales; they are corporate bodies and local authorities. They have a powerful voice to represent local people .

 

What can these councils do ?

Community and parish and town councils are a part of local government closest to the people.They serve the smallest area and are responsible for the most local of matters.Very importantly, these councils can “precept” – raising a sum collected with the council tax each year to improve facilities and services for local people.

Parish and town and community councils in England and Wales have a number of basic responsibilities in making the lives of local communities more comfortable, many of which are often taken for granted. Essentially these powers fall with in three main categories:representing the whole electorate within the parish delivering services to meet local needs: and striving to improve quality of life in the parish.

Community parish and town councils can also comment on planning applications – they are statutory consultees (they have to be consulted if they so wish) and can be represented at public inquires.

How can I become a Parish Councillor ?

Qualifications:
1 A person is qualified to become a Parish Councillor if:
He or She is a British subject, or a citizen of the Irish Republic or other Euro national and on the day he/she is nominated as a candidate for election, is over 18 and is an elector AND

2. During the whole 12 months preceding his or her nomination day, or the day of the election, resided or had his/ her principal place of work in the parish, or within 3 miles of it.

Disqualifications
A person may not become a Parish Councillor if:1 They hold office a paid office or other place of profit in the gift of the Council.3 They have been convicted of a criminal offence and sentenced to not less than 3 months imprisonment (including any suspended sentence) within the past five years. If you are interested in becoming a Parish Councillor, you can ;Contact the Parish Council and express your interest.

What decisions do Parish Councils make ?

Parish Councils make all kinds of decisions on issues that affect the local community.Probably the most common topics that Parish Councils get involved with are planning matters , crime prevention, managing open spaces and campaigning for and delivering better services and facilities.

Its true to say that on their own Parish Councils have limited powers to make decisions. But they do have the ability to negotiate with, and the power to influence, those other organisations that do make the final decisions such as (Herefordshire Council,Health Authorities, Police etc.)
In this respect Parish Councils are extremely powerful.
The organisations that make the final decisions know that Parish Councils give the the best reflection of how a community feels about something, and its view will be taken seriously.

Information Supplied By HALC (Hereford Association of Local Councils)