Eccleshall Parish Council Elections
Elections for all seats on the Parish Councils within Stafford Borough are held every four years with the next elections being held in May 2019
There are over 8,700 parish and town councils representing around 16 million people across England. They form the most local level of government and cover many rural and urban areas.
Eccleshall Parish Council meets regularly to make decisions on the work and direction of the council. As an elected body the work of a Parish Council involves delivering services to meet local needs, striving to improve the quality of life in the parish and representing the local community.
Eccleshall Parish Council is not a political body and is made up of 15 councillors representing four wards.
The Parish Council meets on the third Wednesday in every month, with the exception of August and December. At the start of each meeting is a session for Public Participation, where residents can raise issues of local importance. Six out of the 10 meetings are held at the Community Centre in Eccleshall, with two per year being held at both Broughton Parish Rooms and Offley Hay Village Hall to enable local residents to attend more easily. The Planning Committee meets on the first and third Wednesday of each month.
The Parish Council has several committees:- Traffic Management Committee, Enhancements Committee, Policy and Resources Committee, and Footpaths Committee, which meet every 6 weeks or so. There is also a Staffing Committee which meets as and when required.
New Parish Councillors usually attend a training course and members are nominated at the Annual General Meeting in May to represent various local groups including the Allotments Association, Business Focus Group, Ecclian Society, Community Centre, Tourism Bureau, Offley Hay Village Hall, Croxton Playing Fields, Parish Forum, Local Agenda 21 and Farmers’ Market.
Each year a sum of money called a ‘precept’ is collected through your council tax. This money is used by your parish council to improve facilities and services for local people. The parish council also applies for grants and receives money from rents and leases
The Council Newsletter is published on a quarterly basis. Ward members deliver newsletters where possible and Town Councillors and the clerk each have a part of the town to which they deliver.
Eccleshall Parish Council achieved Quality Status in November 2004 and gained re-accreditation in November 2008. A Parish Plan was published in July 2004 and a Town Design Statement in May 2006. The Parish Council has a web site where information is available and minutes can be viewed. There is a series of 12 footpath walks and also a booklet containing a further eight walks.
The Parish Council supports the Ecclian Society and funds the watering of hanging baskets and mangers in the town during the summer and the purchase of 60 Christmas Trees in December. Annual events include the Civic Service and Carol Singing.
Councillors have three main areas of work:-
1) Decision making – through attending meetings and 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 implemented.
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.
As a councillor, you can become a voice for your community and bring about real change. Councillors are community leaders and represent the aspirations of the public that they serve. Parish councils are the most local part of our democratic system and are closest to the public. Why don’t you stand for your local parish council and see what a difference you can make to your local community?