Who Does What?

Woodford Parish Council looks after a number of aspects of village life. It does this through the monthly council meetings. Some Parish Councillors (marked * below) take the lead on specific areas of activity.

Council managed activities and those involved are:-

Council also has representatives on various other bodies as follows:-

  • Woodford cum Membris Heritage Trust : Kay Coles
  • Eleemosynary Charities Trustees* :  Kay Coles

* Other trustee is the current ecclesiastical parish incumbent, currently Revd. Stevie Cross.

Role of Council Members & The Parish Clerk

Council Members are responsible for seeing that the Council meets its obligations to deliver certain local services. Council Members consult with residents and local firms, make proposals, vote on proposals and are responsible for implementing the Council’s decisions. Council Members are unpaid and elected (usually, but see here). They are expected to represent the views of parish residents and local businesses in Council discussions and in discussions with other bodies such as the District Council or the County Council, although they also bring their own experience and knowledge to discussions and decisions.

The Parish Clerk is employed by the Council to provide administrative support for the Council’s activities.  The clerk’s primary responsibility is to advise the Council on whether its decisions are lawful and to recommend ways in which decisions can be implemented. To help with this, the Clerk can be asked to provide unbiased information to help the Council to make appropriate choices. The Clerk does not take decisions on Council matters and does not vote on motions at Council meetings. The Council is responsible for all decisions and the Clerk takes instructions from the Council as a body. The Clerk is not answerable to any individual councillor – not even the Chairman.

 

7 Responses to Who Does What?

  1. Andrew Millership says:

    With all the new houses will we see an increase in facilities?
    It’s about time we had a few tennis courts a welcome sign on the main roads into Woodford
    With a nice flower display. Get the locals to take pride in the area they live.

    • johnwillimas says:

      New development doesn’t always result in more money for the village, sadly. Although now that the Neighborhood Plan has been approved, we will at least get more of the Community Infrastructure Levy from future developments, so here’s hoping.

    • Judith Gardner says:

      THERE WERE TENNIS COURTS AT THE SARA FIELD BUT THEY WERE VANDALISED ,KIDS USED TO GO IN AND WOULD PLACE WIRE ACROSS THE TERMINALS IN THE LIGHTING POSTS ,GOT SHUT DOWN SO NO ONE GOT ELECTROCUTED AND THEN SUED THE P C GOT TURNED INTO SKATE BOARD PARK BECAUSE THEY COMPLAINED THERE WAS NOTHING FOR THEM TO DO.

  2. Judith Gardner says:

    someone needs to go and look at the footpath at the SARA field that runs from kitchen lane end up the side of the football fence and the bowls club fence
    . It is dangerous in parts and an accident waiting to happen it needs leveling I slipped the other day and almost went down ,will not go there again.

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