NOTICE OF VACANCY IN THE OFFICE OF PARISH COUNCILLOR
Notice is hereby given of a vacancy that exists for ONE Parish Councillor to serve on the Necton Parish Council caused by the resignation of Councillor Steven Cheshire.
Unless within 14 days of the date of this notice, ten electors for Necton (named on the Electoral Register) have requested to hold an election, the Parish Council will fill the vacancy by co‑option as soon as practicable.
All requests (in writing) for an election to fill the vacancy should be sent to:
NECTON PARISH COUNCIL RECEIVES QUALITY STATUS AWARD IN NATIONAL SCHEME
Necton Parish Council has received a prestigious award as part of the Local Council Award Scheme. This award recognises that the council achieves good practice in governance, community engagement and council improvement. Moreover, Necton Parish Council goes above and beyond their legal obligations, leading their communities and continuously seeking opportunities to improve and develop even further.
The Award Scheme report highlighted the council’s particular areas of strength, including how the Council’s Action Plan is community wish driven and their communication policy details the importance of two-way communication, acknowledging the important role a Parish Council fulfils in local democracy.
The award was presented to the Parish Council at their Council meeting on Monday, 06 February 2017. News of the award and its presentation were kept under wraps by the Parish Clerk, until the moment that Cllr Peter Wilkinson, President of Norfolk Association of Local Councils, walked into the meeting to reveal the good news.
Cllr Peter Wilkinson, President of Norfolk Association of Local Councils, presenting the award certificate to a delightfully surprised Chairman of Parish Council, Cllr David Matthews.
Necton Parish Council’s Chairman, Cllr David Matthews, was quoted as being delighted;
“We secured Foundation Status in this award scheme in September 2016 and we were delighted with that achievement. So, to move so quickly and achieve Quality Status is truly worthy acknowledgement of the work and efforts of our Councillors and Clerk to introduce and apply professional standards across all of the functions of our Council. In just the past two years, we have travelled a long way to where we are today with a CiLCA qualified Clerk, trained and active Councillors, a 3-year budget and community driven action plan, good governance across our functions and progressive engagement with our District and County authorities.”
Cllr Peter Wilkinson spoke afterwards to Paul Young, our community reporter:
Cllr Wilkinson sharing the Parish Council’s good news with surprised councillors and members of the public at our February meeting.
More about Local Council Award Scheme
The Local Council Award Scheme is a peer-assessed programme that has been designed to both provide the tools and encouragement to those councils at the beginning of their improvement journeys, as well as promoting and recognising councils that are at the cutting edge of the sector. It is through the sector working together to share best practice, drive up standards and supporting those who are committed to improving their offer to their communities that individual councils and the sector as a whole will reach its full potential.
Steve Cheshire was co-opted onto Necton Parish Council in December 2014, following his application for one of the two vacancies on the Council.
Steve is currently Chief Executive at Norfolk Citizen’s Advice Bureau. He has been a senior manager in the not for profit sector for the last 20 years. He was previously the Fundraising Director at Leonard Cheshire Disability, the National Autistic Society and the Head of Fundraising Strategy at the British Red Cross.
Steve has significant experience of working with government at every level, and with key county and national stakeholders.
Steve has a family and has lived in Norfolk since 1999, moving to Necton in 2013. He is a regular cyclist and is an advocate for inclusion.
The Parish Council is delighted to welcome Steve into civic office.
There is still an outstanding vacancy within Necton Parish Council. This is an opportunity to make a real difference to the community that you live in. Why not contact the Parish Clerk now for more information about how to join.