A Guide to Your Parish Council
Plumtree Parish Council has seven members who represent a cross-section of the community, including business owners, a clinical research manager and retired engineer.
Full council meetings are held every two months in the Burnside Memorial Hall. A typical Parish Council meeting starts at 7:00 pm and follows a published agenda which covers such items as Highway matters, Planning matters and Correspondence.
The minutes of each meeting are posted here 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.
What can I expect from my Parish Council?
Your elected Councillors are here to make a difference! The Councillors serving the Parish of Plumtree are elected/co-opted to serve the local community for four years.
These are some of the Parish Council’s recent achievements:
- Arranged for the County Council to extend the footpath by Perkins Restaurant away from the bridge and install drop kerbs on both sides of the road to aid safe crossing;
- Arranged for a temporary interactive speed sign at the entrance to the village;
- Asked Nottinghamshire County Council to investigate installing Gateways to the village to help reduce the speed of traffic on Main Road and Station Road;
- Brought the issue of heavy traffic down Church Hill to the attention of Reg Adair (Nottinghamshire County Council).
- Arranged for a plaque to commemorate William Raynor, Plumtree’s own VC soldier;
- Kept the 2012/2013 Precept at the same level as that for 2010/2011 and 2011/2012;
- Instigated the 2010 Village Day;
- Started a regular newsletter;
- Set up a Parish Council website;
- Acquired the Telephone Box, arranged for it to be painted and created the "Bring a Book, Borrow a Book" scheme;
- Provided flowers to maintain planters;
- Procured a new village sign near the church;
- Secured a replacement fingerpost at the junction of Cotgrave Road and Old Melton Road;
- Obtained dog waste bins;
- Installed a seat on Old Melton Road;
- Organised a group to maintain the wildflower garden in the Pinfold;
- Organised refurbishment of Plumtree War Memorial and the addition of a missing name (George Taylor) to the World War 1 names (full details are on the Plumtree Village website here)
Vitally, your local council makes a difference by making your views known to other bodies and councils, for example when being consulted about planning issues or changes in services.
Can the Parish Council help?
The Clerk and Councillors can provide a wide range of advice. If they are not able to deal with your enquiry personally, they can often help you to find the right organisation to deal with your problem or queries.
Did you know that the Parish Council can give grants to a wide range of local organisations and individuals?
Should I get involved?
Most people care about where they live, the quality of the local environment and the small things that are taken for granted but are important for a balanced, high quality lifestyle.
Getting involved helps your local council to know what you feel and need. Better still, getting involved adds your skills and know how to the Parish Team effort.
Local democracy is a two way affair. A good Council will hope you take an interest and ask questions about the things that matter most. It’s helpful to attend council meetings - good councils have a ‘public participation’ item on the agenda. Plumtree Parish Council welcomes your contribution.
If you like being involved in community issues then why not consider being an elected Councillor - joining the decision-making team. Parish Council elections happen every four years. No formal qualifications are needed but there are rules to satisfy if you are to be a Councillor.
How much time will it take?
All Councils must meet at least four times per year. Plumtree Parish Council meets formally once every other month, but can meet in between as business requires.