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Have You Ever Considered Using Your Skills to Help the Local Community?

March 4th, 2015

Election Ballot Box
It’s well known that we have parliamentary and district elections coming up on May 7. (Or at least it ought to be.) Perhaps less well known is the fact that local parish council elections are being held on that day as well. But who cares? Everyone knows that parish councils are made up of interfering busybodies, toffs, weirdos and village idiots – right? Certainly you could be forgiven for thinking so if the portrayals of parish councillors in television’s The Casual Vacancy and The Vicar of Dibley are to be believed. Sadly, the reality in King’s Sutton is somewhat more mundane. We are actually very lucky to have a team of relatively well-adjusted, competent and highly skilled people on our parish council who give their time freely for the benefit of everyone else living in the village.

In recent years, King’s Sutton Parish Council has worked with local councils, central government agencies and other volunteers within the community to:

  • Deliver better play facilities for young children on the Rec
  • Implement two major flood alleviation schemes in the village
  • Deliver superfast broadband several years ahead of schedule
  • Provide traffic calming measures on the busiest roads in the village
  • Maintain and improve important local amenities such as the Memorial Hall, the cemetery and our open spaces
  • Establish a legal basis to deter inappropriate development and encourage affordable housing
  • Make substantial grants to organisations such as the Playing Fields, the Preschool Playgroup and the Playpark Project that support social and recreational activities in the village
  • Use a mix of traditional and digital media to enhance communications and make residents more aware of the issues that affect their daily lives in the village 

What You Can Do to Help
Have you ever enjoyed being part of a community fundraising effort? Do you care what happens to your local community? Do you like to take part in lively debate? Have you ever thought you could use your skills for the benefit of others? Or do you simply think you could do a better job than the current lot sitting on the parish council?

Even if you’ve done none of these things yet, we need more energetic, skilled and community-minded people (like you maybe) to throw their hats into the ring. There are now vacancies for parish councillors in the village and April 9, 2015 – the deadline to receive nominations for May’s elections – is fast approaching.

We would urge you to come to the open evening hosted by King’s Sutton Parish Council in the Millennium Memorial Hall at 18:30 on March 19, 2015 to find out whether joining the council would suit you. If nothing else, you’ll come away with a better understanding of what we do and how you could bring your skills to the table. And who knows? You may just discover that standing for election to the parish council could make a positive change to your life and the lives of others in the village. 

 

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