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Parish Council elections

15th January 2019 – by Henbury Parish Council
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Parish Council elections are coming up in May, and Henbury Parish Council are looking for anyone who might be interested in becoming part of the team. Joining the Parish Council is a great way to be involved in the community, and to contribute something to our lovely village. The Parish Council exists solely to represent Henbury residents, and make improvements where possible.

  • Provide a voice for people living in Henbury
  • Have a say about local issues people care about
  • Decide how money is spent to improve Henbury

The Parish Council work hard on behalf of the community of Henbury, getting involved in such issues as:

  • Planning
  • Environmental Work
  • Village Housekeeping
  • Improving facilities in the village
  • Assisting with residents' concerns

The current team are a friendly group who come from all sorts of different backgrounds. One thing they have in common is an enthusiasm to maintain and improve the village of Henbury and its surroundings for all residents.

If you would like to find out more, talk to any of the current councillors. Contact details here.

If you would like to apply, contact the Parish Clerk: henbury.clerk@gmail.com

Frequently asked Questions:

Tell me more about the Parish Council

The civil Parish Council has had a continuous existence from 1894. It is the second tier of local government, below Cheshire East Council. The Parish Council can and will act on behalf of the whole of the community, and as a result may well achieve more than a resident acting as a single voice.

Am I eligible to be a councillor?

To be eligible you must:

  • be over 18 years
  • be an elector of the parish, or;
  • for the whole of the previous 12 months have occupied (as owner or tenant) land or other premises in the parish, or;
  • during the previous 12 months have worked in the parish (as your principal or only place of work), or;
  • for the whole of the previous 12 months lived in the parish or within three miles of the parish boundary.

How much time does it take up?
HPC generally meets once every 2 months, in the evening, Henbury Church Hall. Members of the public are also invited. Meetings usually last around two hours, depending on the agenda. Councillors also choose to spend time dealing with various issues that arise, and you may attend other meetings, for example with Cheshire East.

Is the work paid?
No – councillors give up their time for free. Due to the flexible nature of the job, several councillors successfully fit the work around full-time jobs and family commitments.

Is training available?
Yes. HPC is a member of the Cheshire Association of Local Councils, who run regular training courses for new councillors. Books are also available.

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