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Town and parish councils are the grass roots of local government and they make a valuable contribution to the community. They provide the opportunity to:
- support individual constituents;
- win resources for their parish;
- campaign on local issues;
- involve residents in decision-making;
- listen to the needs of local people and take their views into account when considering policy proposals.
Plumtree Parish Council has seven members who represent a cross-section of the community.
Full council meetings are held every two months in the Burnside Memorial Hall. A typical Parish Council meeting starts at 7:15 pm and follows a published agenda which covers such items as Highway matters, Planning matters and Correspondence.
The minutes of each meeting are posted on the Parish Council website and are approved by the Parish Council at the following meeting. These minutes will give you a more detailed insight into the business that is transacted at the meetings.
As a resident of the village, you are encouraged to come and observe the proceedings and you will have an opportunity to voice your opinions. Meetings are fairly informal but the Parish Clerk is present to ensure that the correct procedure is followed.
Becoming a Parish Councillor
All members of the Parish Council have to be re-elected or stand down every four years; the next Plumtree Parish Council election will be held on Thursday, May 2nd 2019. However, the election is only contested if more than seven nominations are received. If seven, or fewer, are received, those nominees are "elected without challenge" and form the new Parish Council. At the first meeting of the new Parish Council, willing residents can be co-opted to fill any vacancies.
Do you think that you could represent the views of Plumtree residents on a range of issues? If so you could be an ideal candidate to stand in the 2019 Plumtree Parish Council election.
To qualify as a candidate, you must be at least 18 years old and you must meet one or more of the following criteria at the time of nomination:
- you must be registered as a local government elector for Plumtree;
- you must have occupied, as owner or tenant, any land or other premises in Plumtree during the 12 months prior to nomination;
- your principal or only place of work must have been in Plumtree for the previous 12 months;
- you must have resided within 3 miles of Plumtree for the whole of the previous 12 months.
If you qualify, and wish to be a candidate in the Plumtree Parish Council election, the next step is to find two people to nominate you (they must live within the Plumtree parish and be qualified to vote). Then, you simply complete a nomination form (available from the Parish Clerk from early March), sign it to indicate that you agree to nomination and ask the two nominators to countersign it.
Rushcliffe Borough Council have made the necessary election packs available and completed papers have to be returned to them by 4pm on 3rd April.
You can get a pack from the Clerk, Mike Elliott at 19 Main Street, Keyworth, Nottingham NG12 5AA. Please call 0115 937 6506 or email email@example.com to advise the time you will pop in.