COUNCILLOR VACANCY

NOTICE OF VACANCY IN OFFICE OF PARISH COUNCILLOR

Notice is hereby given that due to the resignation of Rodney Kilvert, a vacancy has arisen in the Office of Councillor for the Parish Council.

In accordance with the Local Elections Rules an election to fill the vacancy shall be held if, within 14 days after the date of this notice (i.e. no later than 27 May 2020), a request for an election to fill the said vacancy is made in writing to The Returning Officer, South Northants Council, The Forum, Moat Lane, Towcester NN12 6AD by TEN electors for the Electoral Area, an election will be held to fill the vacancy, otherwise the vacancy will be filled by co-option.

In line with the Local Government and Police Crime Commissioner (Coronavirus) (Postponement of Elections and Referendums) (England and Wales) Regulations 2020, if an election is called it will take place on or after 6 May 2021

Richard Ellis
Returning Officer

Dated 7 May 2020

Note:  In computing the fourteen days Saturdays, Sundays, day of Christmas break, of the Easter break or of a bank holiday or day appointed for public thanksgiving or mourning are disregarded.

Covid-19 advice update

For most people, Coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild infection. If you live alone and you have symptoms of coronavirus illness (a new continuous cough and/ or high temperature), however mild, stay at home for 7 days from when your symptoms started.

If you live with others, anyone who develops symptoms in your household must stay at home for 7 days – and everyone else in the household who remains
well must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days. The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill.

Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. You do not need to contact 111 to tell them you’re staying at home. For more information about when to call 111 and advice about staying at home click here.

From Monday 23 March 2020, the Government requires everyone to stay at home, except for very limited purposes. The Government is closing non-essential shops and community spaces and stopping all gatherings of more than two people in public. Every citizen must comply with these new measures and the relevant authorities, including the police, will be given the powers to enforce them – including through fines and dispersing gatherings. Full details are available here.

Social distancing
All members of the public should remain at home unless absolutely necessary (for essential food supplies, medical care, essential work or one form of exercise per day but not in a group). Full details are available here. Those who are over 70, have underlying health conditions or are pregnant are advised to be particularly stringent in following social distancing measures.

Shielding
Those who are extremely vulnerable (have organ transplants, specific cancers, severe respiratory diseases, have genetic conditions that increase risk of infection, are on immunosuppression therapies that significantly increase risk of infection or are pregnant with an underlying heart condition) to remain home at all times and avoid face-to-face contact.

(Thanks to the Northamptonshire Community Resilience Hub for this update.)

Parish Council Elections Cancelled

The Parish Council Elections due to take place in May have been postponed because all local elections have been postponed for a year because of the coronavirus pandemic. Elections will now take place in 2021. This news came after our meeting.

The postponement means that the Parish Council, along with other councils in Northants, will have gone six years without elections. This unprecedented periods is because last year’s elections were cancelled due to the reorganisation of all Northants councils. The May elections would have been for both your parish council and the ‘shadow’ council preparing for the 2021 launch of the new unitary West Northamptonshire Council. This postponement raises questions as to whether the April 2021 start date for the new council will also be delayed.

Those of you interested in standing for the Parish Council will have to wait another year although we have a single vacancy and could co-opt a volunteer.

Parish Council Elections May 2020

DO SOMETHING POSITIVE FOR POTTERSPURY!

PARISH COUNCIL ELECTIONS THURSDAY 7 MAY 2020

As a councillor you will help make decisions that affect the whole community on subjects such as planning applications, the allocation of council funds, and village assets.

More details about Local Councils from the  Electoral Commission (scroll down for details on parish councils).

The Parish Council meets on the second Wednesday of each month (apart from August) at 7:30 pm in Potterspury Village Hall. There are 13 parish councillors in Potterspury.

Expressions of interest are welcomed from
  • residents who are over 18 years old
  • those who have lived or worked in Potterspury for 12 months
  • those whose name appears on the Electoral Register.
The role of a parish councillor includes

Participation in the collective decision-making processes of the Council.

The ability to work as part of a team with a positive outlook and a can-do attitude.

Councillors should be able to work electronically, preferably with access to a personal computer and email.

He/She has no authority to make decisions about council business on their own.

He/She is subject to obligations set out in the Council’s Code of Conduct.

At this election, the term of office is five years.

A Councillor is the holder of a public office and not a volunteer.

Councillors do not receive remuneration, but can claim pre-agreed expenses.

HOW TO STAND FOR ELECTION AS A PARISH COUNCILLOR

Nomination papers are available from the Electoral Commission website:
Parish and community council elections – scroll to Part 2a Resources for an Independent Candidate.

Nomination papers must be printed out and delivered to
South Northants District Council, The Forum, Moat Lane, Towcester NN12 6AD before the deadline:

4:00 pm WEDNESDAY 8 APRIL 2020

If you have any queries, please talk to any of the current councillors or contact Parish Clerk Mrs Jane Spence.

Christmas Recycling

In the run-up to Christmas South Northants Council has issued recycling reminders and information.

South Northants is proud of the district’s recycling record and has published a seasonal reminder, What to put in the blue bin.

 

 


The bin collection schedule for Christmas 2019 and 2020 is available to download here.

Collections due Wednesday 25 December will be made on Monday 23 December.

Collections due 1 January will be made on Monday 30 December.

There will be no green bin collections during weeks commencing 23 December and 30 December.

Cardboard and non-foil wrapping paper can go in your blue recycling bin.

* * Foil based wrapping will need to go in your black waste bin. * *

Community Shield Award 2019

Congratulations to Craig Coppin, Neighbourhood Watch Co-ordinator and winner of the Community Shield 2019.

Craig has been overseeing the Potterspury Neighbourhood Watch Group for many years and has built up excellent relationships with the local police, as well as village residents. He is a reassuring presence throughout the village, who passes on vital information about crime prevention and goes out of his way to ensure that Potterspury is kept well-informed about local incidents.