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Welcome to the Longtown Group Parish Council Website. The Group Parish Council covers the areas of Craswall, Llanveynoe, Longtown and Walterstone. It has 14 Councillors and is the first tier of Local Government serving the area.

MEETINGS

The next Parish Council meeting will be the Annual Parish Meeting and will be held in person on Wednesday 17th November 2021 at Longtown Village Hall at 7.30PM.

 

VACANCIES

There are currently four vacancies on the Longtown Group Parish Council, one of which is currently being processed for Walterstone. If you are interested becoming a member of the Council please either speak to the Clerk or an existing member of the council who will advise you of the process. Details of the Walterstone vacancy can be found within the Parish Council Agenda and Minutes pages.

Useful Web Sites

A couple of useful websites have been added under USEFUL INFORMATION.

CORONAVIRUS 

The link to the local Community Support Group is https://www.facebook.com/ewyas.lacey.7

The position regarding the Coronavirus is changing on a regular basis. For the latest Government information please visit https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

We have set up a new Coronavirus page which will be updated regularly. You can visit the page by following this link.

ROLE OF THE PARISH COUNCIL

The role of the Parish Council is to represent the interests of the whole community. It is a part of local government supporting the democratic process. Local Councils provide a focus for the community to identify concerns and projects, and endeavour to solve them locally themselves.

The Parish Council is a corporate body, and a legal entity, separate from that of its Members, and is accountable to the local community. Its decisions are the responsibility of the whole body and are made collectively and by majority.

The Parish Council has been granted powers by Parliament including the authority to raise money through taxation - the precept, and a range of powers to spend public money.

A Parish Council is an elected body in the first tier of local government. Elections take place every 4 years. Other tiers, known as principal councils or authorities, have many legal duties to deliver services such as education, housing, town and country planning, transport, environmental health and social services.

Parish Councils have the legal power to take action, but they have very few duties and greater freedom to choose what action to take. They can play a vital part in representing the interests of the communities they serve and improving the quality of life and the local environment.

The Parish Council is an employer. The Parish Clerk works for and with the Council to action its decisions.

The Parish Council typically has responsibility for the following issues:

Area

Drainage – of ditches and ponds

Footpaths

Highways – lighting, parking places, right to enter into discussions about new

roads and road widening, consent of parish council required for diversion or

discontinuation of highway, traffic signs and other notices, tree planting and

verge maintenance

Litter - provision of litterbins and support for any anti-litter campaigns

Planning – parish councils may be notified of any planning applications for the

Recreation – provision of recreation grounds, public walkways, open spaces,

village greens, and playing fields

Rights of Way – footpath and bridleway maintenance

Signs – danger signs, place names and bus stops signs

Traffic Calming

War Memorials.

 

ROLE OF PARISH COUNCILLORS

The main role of a Parish Councillor is to represent the views of all residents within the Parish and to listen to, and understand, the views and needs of different groups in the community (such as young and older people).

As a Councillor, there is a responsibility to be well-informed, especially about diverse local views. Councillors cannot assume that they represent the interests of electors without consulting them.

Parish Councillors are elected representatives, not volunteers or employees, and serve for a 4-year term, unless co-opted or elected in a bye-election when they serve until the next election.

They must apply the law and comply with the Code of Member Conduct. Councillors contribute to the work of the Council by suggesting ideas, influencing policy, engaging in constructive debate and by responding to the needs and views of the community.

Councillors comment on proposals to ensure the best outcome and vote to enable the Council to make decisions. Individual Parish Councillors cannot make decisions on behalf of the Council, but they can actively lead and engage with local projects.

Parish Councillors have no powers outside of the Council meeting. Diversity is encouraged. Councillors from different backgrounds better represent the whole community and possess different enthusiasms, skills, attitudes and interests. Some Councillors work with ideas while others are very practical; some like accounts while others prefer reports.

The Parish Council needs a wide range of skills to work as a team. Occasionally there will be a conflict of interest requiring sensitive judgement, and the need to take difficult decisions in an open, honest and reasoned way. Councillors are also required to act in an ethical way and to declare an interest when necessary.

Key Responsibilities:

• As part of the Parish Council, Councillors may have responsibility for managing and maintaining public open spaces, play areas, Neighbourhood Development Plans and potentially much more.

• Deciding how much to raise through the precept in order to deliver the Council’s services.

• Influencing and shaping the long-term development policy for the Parish, and as part of the planning process, commenting on planning applications in the Parish.

• Improving the quality of life and the environment in the local area through, in part, the Lengthsman who undertakes routine maintenance in the parish.

• Working to identify issues which are important to the lives of the residents you represent.

• Working to bring about improvements through local projects, lobbying other service providers and working in partnership with other Parishes, local authorities and agencies.

• A Councillor agrees to attend all meetings (reasonably possible) that he or she is summoned to.

• Councillors together as a team are responsible for the financial decisions made and implemented.

A Councillors main task is to bring local issues to the attention of the Council, participate in debate and help the Council to make decisions on behalf of the local community.

(With thanks to Peterchurch Pc and the Clerk Mr Mark Hearne)

LONGTOWN NEIGHBOURHOOD DEVELOPMENT PLAN

The Neighbourhood Plan underwent its Referendum on Thursday 30th January 2020 and received a positive referendum result.

Yes –  189 votes / 89.2%
No –  23 votes / 10.8%

28.5% turnout

This means that the NDP will have full weight from 31st January 2020. A report is currently being prepared for the Cabinet Member and it is anticipated that the plan will be formally adopted by Herefordshire Council, the Planning Authority, at the end of February. At this point the plan will form part of the statutory development plan for Herefordshire.

Please visit the Neighbourhood Plan page on this website for further information and a copy of the Plan on this link.

Herefordshire Council also has all the Longtown NDP information on its website. Please follow this link.

 

CLIMATE CHANGE

The LIFE Group has been busy over the last few months developing ideas. Please visit the climate change page for up to date information.

The Climate Change Group, LIFE, have launched a survey which you can download via the link below. The deadline to complete the survey is 15th January 2021

The survey can be found here: https://forms.gle/M89MU5MysWEjjDGx5