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 take the lead on specific areas of activity.

Council managed activities and those involved are:-

  • Personnel issues for Council : Kay Coles / Gary Smith
  • Rights-of-Way Warden : Joe Pitt
  • Wildlife & Tree Warden : Ian Dobson
  • Parish Clerk : Gary Smith
  • WoW Editor : Gary Denby
  • Web Site Editor : John Williams
  • Halls Booking Clerk : Donna Wise
  • Halls Caretaker : Glen Warner
  • Flood Warden : Howard Burdett
  • Highway Warden : Pat Knight
  • Planning Lead : Christina Williams
  • Neighbourhood Plan Development Lead : Bob Snedker

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.