What exactly does SAMPFORD COURTENAY PARISH COUNCIL DO? #2

 

#2 - Practically, what do councillors do?

In the run up to the election, I plan to give you all a little insight into exactly what SCPC do by running through our Calendar of yearly events and some of the regular items on the Agenda.

Finance – Every January each Parish Council has to submit a request for the PRECEPT to West Devon Borough Council – this is the amount every property has to pay through your Council Tax for the running costs of the Parish Council. SCPC try to keep this to the minimum required to pay the essential costs – Clerk’s wages, Public Toilet maintenance & supplies, Village Green Maintenance, Website administration, Memberships & Licences, Audit fees & hire charges to Village Hall for meetings. Other parish projects are financed through Grant applications and fund raising to build up Ear Marked Reserves.

Planning -  Any planning application within the parish that is submitted to West Devon, also gets discussed at an SCPC meeting. Normally the applicant is invited to attend and explain their application and answer any questions. Councillors will also listen to any objections from neighbouring parishioners before submitting their comments to WDBC. SCPC try to support any application that maintains or enhances the charming character of Sampford Courtenay parish.

The Environment – for the past couple of years SCEnSus – (Sampford Courtenay Environmental and Sustainability Group – a sub-committee of the parish council) have been trying to encourage parishioners to “think and act more greenly”. There is a parish PLANT STALL situated in the New Inn Carpark – where people can share excess garden produce and plants; the ANNUAL FLOWER SHOW has more organic/peat free classes; a BUG HOTEL and WILD FLOWER beds have been created on the Village Green; a very successful RECYCLE FASHION SHOW was held last October and SCPC meetings have greatly reduced the amount of paper generated by using the projector to show Agenda and related papers at it’s meetings.

ANY PARISHIONER INTERESTED IN JOINING SCENSUS – and sharing your ideas for being “greener” does not have to be a member of the council. Just keen and enthusiastic.

 

So to find out more – speak to the me, the Clerk, or any of your councillors, listed here https://www.sampfordcourtenay-pc.gov.uk/council-members, or come to one of our meetings. 7.30pm on first Wednesday of the month at the Village Hall.

Marion Pratt Clerk SCPC

 

What exactly does SAMPFORD COURTENAY PARISH COUNCIL DO?

 

This year there will be a Parish Council Election on Thursday 4th May. The public notice of Election will be issued on Thursday 23rd March,  and anyone wishing to stand for election will have until 4.00pm on Tuesday 4th April to submit their nomination papers. Sampford Courtenay Parish Council consists of 8 councillors.

So what exactly does a Parish Councillor do?

Being a councillor is all about giving back to your community by bringing your energy, passion, and hard-working attitude. You can make a real difference to the local community and wider society in many ways as a councillor. For example, you could be representing the views of local people to ensure the community gets the right services, supporting a resident with an issue, or helping to shape the community by driving new ideas. 

Being a councillor is a varied and highly fulfilling role. You don’t need any experience or special qualifications, and you’ll gain lots of new skills, experience, knowledge, and confidence. 

Why not come along to a meeting and see what it is all about.

Sampford Courtenay Parish Council meetings take place at the Village Hall at 7.30pm on the first Wednesday of each month. The Agenda and Minutes are always published on the 3 Noticeboards in the parish and on the Website here https://www.sampfordcourtenay-pc.gov.uk/parish-council-minutes-agendas and all meetings are open to the public to attend.

Practically, what do councillors do?

In the run up to the election, I plan to give you all a little insight into exactly what SCPC do by running through our Calendar of yearly events.

January – Playground Inspection – The parish council is responsible to arrange an annual inspection of the playground equipment and Village Green (one of the few assets the Parish Council actually own) and make good any recommendations that are picked up.

February – Footpath Walk – SCPC works together with Devon County Council’s Parish Paths Partnership Scheme (P3) to maintain the parish footpaths and green lanes. Each February some of the councillors and other volunteers walk all the parish footpaths and lanes and report on their condition and any work/improvements for the coming year. This is then submitted to DCC as a request for funding. In recent year’s SCPC has been very fortunate with grants provided.

 

So to find out more – speak to the me, the Clerk, or any of your councillors, listed here https://www.sampfordcourtenay-pc.gov.uk/council-members, or come to one of our meetings. I promise we don’t bite.                 Marion Pratt Clerk SCPC