Parish Council Meeting AGM
Challock Memorial Hall
Thursday 19th May 2016, 7.30pm
1. Apologies for absence
2. Declarations of Interest
3. Election of Chair
4. Election of Vice Chair
5. Election of Representatives
6. Minutes of last meeting held on 20th April 2017
7. Clerk’s report
a) Molash Contributions
b) Internal Audit Report
10. Planning Applications
11. Items for information
Annual Parish Meeting
Parish Council Meetings
The next Parish Council Meeting will be held on: Thursday, 18th May 2017 in the Challock Memorial Hall at 7.30pm.
Meeting dates for 2017 are as follows
Thursday 18th May
Tuesday 13th June 2017 Annual Parish Meeting Main Hall
Thursday 20th July
Thursday 21st September
Thursday 16th November
Parish Council meetings are open for the public to attend and you will be very welcome. The public should not speak during the meeting, unless invited by the Chairman. However, you are welcome to discuss issues with the Council during the public session. If you wish to raise an issue to be discussed by the Council at a meeting, please contact the Parish Clerk (see below). Items must be received at least one week before the meeting.
Mr Michael Lathwell-Fisher
Mr John Ramsden
Mr Maxwell Thomas
Miss Emma Fox
Mrs Annabel Burden
Mr Trevor Smith
Mr Anthony Aitken
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(This section will be completed over the coming months with profiles from our new Parish Councillors)
John resides at the Challock Post Office on The Lees and has lived in Challock for 15 years. He has been a member of the Parish Council for 12 years.
John worked as an Electrial Engineer with Southern Water Services Ltd but has recently retired.
John's special interests on the Council are: Footpaths, The Lees, and informing villagers what is going on in the parish.
John enjoys clay shooting, target rifle shooting, 10 pin bowling and playing cards. He likes to travel the world and visit national Trust Properties.
Mr Michael Lathwell-Fisher
Michael lives at Crossways, Canterbury Road andÂ has lived in Challock for 40 years. Michael and his wife have 5 children.
Before retiring, Michael worked as Distribution Manager (South) for Carlsberg Brewery for 46 years.
Michael became a Parish Councillor in May 2011.
Mrs Annabel Burden
Annabel moved to Challock 27 years ago. She lives at Lilybuds, The Lees.
Annabel works for her husbands groundworks business. They have four children two of which are at Challock Primary School.
Becoming a Parish Councillor
Elections for the Parish Council are held every four years. The next election will be May 2019. People interested in joining the Council should contact Ashford Borough Council Electoral Registration Officer or Challock Parish Clerk, for a nomination form, in March 2019. If Ashford Borough Council receives an equal number of nomination forms to places on the Council, you will automatically become a Councillor. If there are more nomination forms received than places on the Council, there will be an election.
Occasionally, a Parish Councillor leaves before the end of their four year term, or insufficient nominations forms are received at election time. Usually such vacancies are filled by co-option. The Parish Council interview people interested in becoming a Parish Councillor and select the candidate whose skills best match the requirement on the Council at that time. Please contact the Parish Clerk if you are interested in being co-opted.
The role of a Parish Councillor
The role of a Parish Councillor has a number of basic responsibilities which essentially fall within 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. Parish Councils can "precept" - raising a sum collected with the Council Tax each year to improve facilities and services for local people.
Individual powers include the provision and maintenance of community transport schemes, traffic calming measures, local youth projects, tourism activities, leisure facilities, car parks, village greens, litter bins, street lighting, street cleaning, burial grounds, allotments, bus shelters, commons, opens spaces, footpaths, bridleways, and crime reduction measures. They can also comment on planning applications.
Councillors have three main components to their work.
1. Decision making - Through meetings and attending committees with other elected members, Councillors decide which activities to support, where money should be spent, what services should be delivered and what policies should be im plemented.
2. Monitoring - Councillors make sure that their decisions lead to efficient and effective services by keeping an eye on how well things are working.
3. Getting involved locally - As local representatives, Councillors have responsibilities towards their constituents and local organisations.
The Parish Clerk
The Parish Clerk for Challock is Mrs Dianne Sandy.