Of course, as its an election in May – there will be five councillor vacancies to fill. If 5 or fewer candidates stand – they are automatically elected into the post. If there are more than 5 candidates, then the election will be contested.
If you would like to discuss becoming a councillor please speak to the Chairman Mike Cleugh, any of the current councillors, our the Clerk, Heather Bourner, for more info. We really do need to ensure that new candidates stand.
What do Parish Councillors do?
Here is a list of some of the things we do:
- We are consulted on all planning applications and tree applications within the parish, and those close to it. However, the final decision rests with the Planning Authority, Test Valley Borough Council.
- We act as a focus for funnelling issues to Test Valley Borough Council and Hampshire County Council. We also lend our support to challenging other organisations such as BT and the Environment Agency to resolve issues.
- We arrange and pay for maintenance of the footpaths around the parish
- We contribute funds to the many excellent village organisations to help them with their projects
- We own Monxton & Amport Village Hall. The Village Hall is run by a separate sub-committee
How often does the council meet, and what other duties are there?
We meet quarterly for around 1-2 hours. Each councillor contributes to these meetings, does background reading ahead of the meetings and will get involved in other activities from time to time.
Is it for me?
Being a councillor means that you can contribute to your local community, have your say and help steer local initiatives. Although parish council meetings are held in public, they are not public meetings – discussions are between councillors and public interaction is more limited.
You also build up a picture of which council is responsible for what service. Sometimes these can seem to be overlapping – for example, Test Valley BC collect bin rubbish, but Hampshire CC operate the recycling centre and deal with the bin lorries.
The current councillors are friendly and we all get along well. We sometimes have different views and vote differently – but we respect the views others have and come away feeling positive that we’re able to do that regardless of whether the vote went ‘our way’.
How do I stand?
You need to be nominated. It’s only by two people, a proposer and seconder. Fill in a few forms and provide them to TVBC at their offices in Andover.
The link to follow is this one: for TVBC: http://www.testvalley.gov.uk/aboutyourcouncil/localdemocracy/elections/elections-2-may-2019-candidates-and-agents
and this one for some simple clear guidance: https://www.electoralcommission.org.uk/i-am-a/candidate-or-agent/parish-and-community-council-elections-in-england-and-wales
Publication of Notice of Election: Friday 22 March 2019
Deadline for receipt of nominations: 4pm Wednesday 3 April 2019
Day of Poll: Thursday 2 May 2019