This month every household in the Parish should have received our new newsletter. If you haven’t received a copy please contact the Parish Office on 01438 716667 or email firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and address (including post code).
NOTICE OF CASUAL VACANCY (Digswell)
TO BE FILLED BY CO-OPTION
The Returning Officer at the office of the Borough Council has confirmed that the regulation 10 requests from electors has not been fulfilled and the Council can now fill the casual vacancy by co-option.
NOTICE is hereby given that pursuant to Rule 8 of the Local Elections (Parishes and Communities) Rule 1986 the council will fill the casual vacancy by co-option.
The council may co-opt any person who is legally qualified to hold such office, and who is willing to serve provided they are a British citizen, or a citizen of the Commonwealth or the European Union, and are neither the subject of a bankruptcy restriction order or interim order or have, within five years before the day of the election, been convicted in the United Kingdom of any offence and have had a prison sentence (whether suspended or not) for a period of over three months without the option of a fine.
Provided the person also satisfies at least ONE of the following they may be apply.
- They are registered as a local government elector for the parish
- They have during the whole of the preceding twelve months occupied as owner or tenant, any land or premises in the parish
- Their principal or only place of work during the preceding twelve months has been in the parish
- They have during the whole of the preceding twelve months resided in the parish or within 4.8 km of it
They must also be 18 years or older on the day they become nominated for election.
Written expressions of interest from persons wishing to serve as a councillor need to be submitted to the Clerk of the council within 21 days of the date of this notice (excluding Saturdays, Sundays, and Bank holidays).
The closing date for the written submission interest is 17 May 2018 and following that date the council will fill the casual vacancy by co-option. Please click here for an application form. Please contact the Clerk, Louise Harrison at email@example.com if you have any queries about this process.
Welwyn Parish is located in central Hertfordshire and has a population of approximately 10,000. The Parish boundary follows the old Great North Road (now B197), the A1M motorway and parallel London-York-Edinburgh railway. The parish comprises the village itself, Digswell, Oaklands and Mardley Heath.
Welwyn Parish Council provides a variety of venues for hire (please visit welwynhalls.com for more information), sports pitches, recreation and play areas, car parks, a cemetery, and allotments. The Council also maintains public footpaths, open spaces, churchyards.
Welwyn Parish Council is the first tier of local government and has an important role to play in promoting the village and outlying settlements, representing its interests and supporting the work of different groups and residents within the community. Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council is the second tier of local government and is responsible for services including housing, environmental services and strategic planning policies for all development (including housing and employment sites). Finally, Hertfordshire County Council is the third level of local government and is responsible for highways, relating to both roads and footways (pavements), education, health and social services, public rights of way and libraries.
Welwyn Parish Council prides itself for its strong community spirit with a wide range of clubs and organisations meeting regularly to support the village. To facilitate this Welwyn Parish Council considers applications for support from the community in the form of the Community Grant Scheme, available to projects, charities or community activities which are expressly supporting the residents and community of Welwyn Parish (covering Welwyn, Digswell, Oaklands and Mardley Heath). For more information on our Community Grant Scheme process please click here.
Our aim is to serve and respond to the needs of the community by:
- providing a strong and independent voice for the community,
- to safeguard and enhance the traditions, character and identity of the Parish,
- to promote the Parish as a clean, safe, welcoming and vibrant place to live and work,
- to provide high standards and cost effective services, and
- to work in partnership with others to achieve for all.