What Does the Parish Council Do?
The Duties and Responsibilities of Chilham Parish Council
The Parish Council carried out a full range of duties for the benefit of the residents and meets once a month to administer parish business. All parish councillors volunteer their time, the only paid employee is the Clerk who sets the agendas, minutes the meetings and implements the actions and decisions. The Clerk also ensures that we operate within the law. Members of the public are encouraged to attend our meetings and have an opportunity to speak to councillors during the Public Open Forum at the start of each meeting. The Parish Council is funded by a precept which is collected from residnets by Ashford Borough Council as part of the Council Tax. Most importantly, the parish council is eleted to meet the needs and represent the views of its parishoners.
The Parish Council manages the precept as referred to above. We produce a budget and report against it on a quarterly basis. There are rigourous rules governing the financial arrangments of Parish Councils which are overseen by the Responsible Financial Officer and the Independent Internal Auditor.
The Parish Council is included in the consultaiton process for planning applications.
The Parish Council carries 3rd party liability insurance
We recognise that many people in the parish don’t understand what the parish council can and cannot do, so this website and regular newsletters keep you informed about what your parish council is doing on your behalf. We welcome feedback, good or bad, so please use the form on the how are we doing page to let us have your views on the website or, for that matter, any issue that you think the parish council should be dealing with.
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KCC Bus Funding Reduction
Kent County Council (KCC) is currently consulting on proposals to make savings by reducing the money we spend on providing some bus services that private bus companies cannot afford to run, and which are no longer cost effective. We are carrying out this consultation to listen to your feedback.
This consultation closes at midnight on 20 April. Please visit www.kent.gov.uk/bussavings to find out more and participate in this consultation.
KCC’s Engagement and Consultation Team
CHILHAM SURGERY CLOSURE
PROPOSAL FOR VOLUNTEERS TO DELIVER MEDICATION
A meeting was held at Chilham Church on 10th March 2022 at 6pm between, Rev Cathy Gilchrist, Gill Schofield, Keith Uncle, Sarah Topley-Dixon, Katie Kinnersley and Angela Stafford.
The purpose of this meeting was to obtain more information about providing a volunteer prescription drop off/delivery service, to those in our parish who are vulnerable and unable to collect from Chartham surgery.
Sadly, it’s not that simple as there is a lot of red tape surrounding the distribution of prescription medicines, unless you are employed by Dr Kinnersley’s surgery. It was also discussed if one of the surgery staff could come along to help, as they would have clearance. Katie explained that the surgery staff are very overworked due to understaffing and she is in the process of recruiting more staff.
Katie advised that the actual volunteers could get a letter of authorisation from the patients needing help, and then we could collect for them and drop them off.
It was also discussed whether a local point of contact, such as Chilham church (thank you Cathy), or the OWLS village hall afternoon tea event (thank you Angela), could be used as a cup of tea, a smile, and a medication pick up point.
Yet again a lot of red tape seems to prevent this suggestion. However, all those present agreed that it’s a great idea for people’s mental well-being, for everyone to meet up in the community after being isolated during the last 2 years of Covid.
We have left this suggestion in the capable hands of Katie Kinnersley, to verify and perhaps find another solution to this.
Katie said the surgery has had many people offering their help, but rules and regulations are preventing her accepting outside help. She did ask us to say she was very grateful, and to pass on her thanks to everyone who offered help.
In the meantime, we can reach out to those that need us and obtain a consent letter and get some help to those that need us in our community.
Clerk's Update The parish council has been given an oak tree as part of the Queen’s Green Canopy, and would like 3 children from the parish to plant the tree. If you would like to be included in the draw then, with your parent’s permission, please send you name and contact details to:- email@example.com by Friday 1st July. The draw will take place on Saturday 2nd July at the village hall, and the planting will follow.
Notice of Co-option to the Council
A vacancy exists on the Parish Council, due to a recent resignation, which is to be filled by co-option. The term of office will run until May 2023.
If you would like to serve as a Councillor please apply, in writing or by email, to the Clerk (details below), providing brief background details and stating why you would like to join the Council by 5pm Saturday the 2nd, July 2022.
All candidates will be asked to attend an interview with the Councillors on Tuesday 5th July 2022 from 7pm onwards via zoom.
To qualify, a person must be aged over 18 years old and an elector, must reside in, or within 3 miles of, the Chilham Parish boundary or occupy as owner or tenant any land or premises therein, or have their principal or only place of work there, and must not be disqualified from holding office as a Councillor.
If you require further information, please contact the Clerk to the Council.
Dated 19 June, 2022
Clerk to the Parish Council
Mr P Coles
3 The Square
* In computing any period of time for this purpose, a Saturday, Sunday, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Good Friday, a bank holiday or day appointed for public thanksgiving or mourning must be disregarded.
Queen’s Platinum Jubilee
Plans are afoot to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee with a street party in Chilham Square for residents of the parish on Thursday, June 2nd. Applications have been submitted to close the square and to receive grant funding for interactive theatre performances. The Events & Communications Working Group of the CPC is meeting again next Thursday, March 10th at 6pm in Chilham Village Hall and more volunteers are welcome. Our plans are ambitious, but we are aiming to offer an exciting programme of events on June 2nd. Please mark your calendars and plan on joining your neighbours for this community celebration of 70 years of the Queen’s reign.
We will keep you updated on our progress planning the event and your input and involvement are welcome. More volunteers are welcome and we have divided the project into nine workstreams, each with volunteer captains who could use your help.
Greg Taylor (on behalf of the CPC Events & Communications Working Group)