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South Normanton Parish Council

Serving the people of South Normanton

Church

Clerk/RFO: Karen Howe
The Hub, Shiners Way, South
Normanton, Derbyshire DE55 2AA

Tel: 01773 814306

Who we are & what we do

SOUTH NORMANTON PARISH COUNCIL

What We Do & How To Get Involved

A parish council is a local authority that makes decisions on behalf of the people in the parish.It is the level of government closest to the community, with the district authority (Bolsover District Council) above it in the Local Government hierarchy.

As South Normanton Parish Council is the authority closest to the people, it is invariably the first place people will contact with concerns or ideas.For this reason parish councils are a vital part of the community.

Why become a Parish Councillor?

If you've never been to a parish council meeting before, you may be forgiven for thinking that parish Councillors are a group of (probably older) people who meet now and then in an old village hall.If, however, you live in a community where something 'big' has happened, you'll know that people in the community need support and guidance.

By becoming a parish Councillor you become someone your community will look to for help, guidance and support, a community leader with the power to influence decisions for the benefit of the people you serve.Seeing your community change for the better, as a result of decisions you have helped make, is something that can give you a sense of achievement and pride.

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 (they are statutory consultees), crime prevention, managing open spaces and campaigning for and delivering better services and facilities.

It's 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 the district or county council, health authorities, police etc).

In this respect parish councils are extremely powerful.The organisations that make the final decisions know that a parish council gives the best reflection of how a community feels about something, and its views will be taken seriously.

How much time does it take up?

Councils usually meet once a month for the council meeting, to which members of the public are also invited.Meetings may last two or three hours, depending on the agenda set for the meeting to discuss.Some councils have committees to deal with specific subjects, such as environmental issues.In addition to the regular meetings, Councillors are required to attend other meetings representing the council for example acting as a representative on an outside body, community activities or helping develop a new project for the community.Such meetings won't happen every day, so it's not going to take over your life.

How long does a parish Councillor serve for?

Once elected, parish Councillors sit on the council for a maximum of four years.If they then want to stay in the post they can stand for re-election.

Am I eligible to be a Parish Councillor?

To stand for election on a parish council, you must:

  • ·be a UK or commonwealth citizen, or;
  • ·be a citizen of the Republic of Ireland, or;
  • ·be a citizen of another Member state of the European Union;
  • ·be at least 18 years old.

To be eligible to stand for an election for a particular parish, you must:

  • ·be an elector of the parish, or;
  • ·for the whole of the previous 12 months have occupied (as owner or tenant) land or other premises in the parish, or;
  • ·during the previous 12 months have worked in the parish (as your principal or only place of work), or;
  • ·for the whole of the previous 12 months lived in the parish or within three miles of the parish boundary.

You don't have to be connected to a political party.If you do become a parish Councillor you will have to sign up to the Code of Conduct.

What powers do parish councils have?

They have a wide range of powers which are essentially related to local matters, such as looking after community buildings, open space, allotments, play areas, street lighting, bus shelters, car parks and much more.The council also has the power to raise money through taxation, the precept.The precept is the parish council's share of the council tax.The precept demand goes to the billing authority, the district council, which collects the tax for the parish council.

Parish Duties

South Normanton Parish Council has thirteen Councillors who stand for election every four years.The duties and functions of a parish council are many and varied.The council meets monthly and considers planning applications and any other matters referred to it by local residents, Bolsover District Council, Derbyshire County Council and by central government.All meetings are open to the public and there is a forum before the start of the meeting at which members of the public can raise concerns and ask questions.There is also an annual meeting which parishioners are invited to attend.All meetings are advertised on the council notice boards.Residents can bring to the attention of the parish council anything that concerns them, either directly or through the clerk.If matters raised are not the responsibility of the council, the clerk can bring them to the attention of the proper authority.

Don't take our word for it!

The best way to find out what it's like to be a parish Councillor is to talk to someone who's doing it now.Come along to a parish council meeting, or speak to one of our Councillors and find out what they think of the job.

The Parish Office is located at The Hub, Shiners Way, South Normanton, Derbyshire. DE55 2FY.

Council Meetings - see the diary of meetings for more information.

For further information relating to the services offered by the Parish Council please contact the Parish Office who will be happy to give advice and assistance.

Parish Council Elections

Currently there are no scheduled elections

Councillors

Our councillors are elected or co-opted, if you would like to become a councillor or find out more about what they do then please see election details above

South Normanton Parish Councillors

Councillor

Ward

Cllr Rose Bulfin

West

Cllr Kevin Kavaliunas

East

Cllr Dave Marriott

West

Cllr Evonne Parkin

East

Cllr Graham Parkin

East

Cllr Phil Smith

Central

Cllr Phil Upton

Central

Committees

HR Committee
Finance & General Purpose Committee
Cleaner / Greener Committee

Members Code of Conduct

South Normanton Parish Council Standing Orders

  • Standing Orders (PDF, 574 Kb)

    Our Standing Orders describe how the Council operates.

Our Staff

We have a team of staff that work together to deliver the range of services we provide. They can be contacted through our office.

Karen Howe

Parish Clerk & Responsible Financial Officer

Telephone
01773 814306
Parish Council Staff

Helen Dowson

Assistant Clerk

assistant@southnormantonparishcouncil.gov.uk

01773 814306

Mark Rhodes

Chargehand

01773 814306

Duncan Johnstone

Groundsman

01773 814306