Councillors & Council Services
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
Council managed activities and those involved are:-
- Footpath & Rights-of-Way Warden : Jim McDermott
- Wildlife & Tree Warden : Ian Dobson
- Parish Clerk : Gary Smith (email@example.com)
- WoW Editor : Paul & Rebecca Hymers (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Web Site Editor : John Williams (email@example.com)
- Halls Booking Clerk : Beverley Blackwell (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Allotments & Burial Grounds: Kay Coles*
- Halls Caretaker : Glen Warner
- Flood Warden : Howard Burdett*
- Highway Warden : Pat Knight* (email@example.com)
- Planning Lead : Phillip Jones*
- Woods Management Committee Chair: Paul Blackwell*
- Estates Committee Chair: pending*
- Village Library Project Lead: Patricia Darby*
- PCSO & Police Liaison Lead: pending*
- Litter Lead: Bob Snedker*
- Woodford United FC Liaison: Howard Burdett*
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. Parish Councils are not run on party political lines and Members do not have to be members of a political party to serve.
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.