Parish in search for new faces

Coun­cil want can­di­dates

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - By Jack Abell jack.abell@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

PEO­PLE be­ing en­cour­aged to put them­selves for­ward to join a parish coun­cil later this year.

The chair­man of Ger­rards Cross Parish Coun­cil has ap­pealed for peo­ple to stand as can­di­dates when the new parish coun­cil is elected on May 7.

Some ex­ist­ing coun­cil­lors are ex­pected to stand down ahead of the elec­tion, so chair­man Chris Brown is keen for new faces to join the or­gan­i­sa­tion.

The parish coun­cil deals with wide rang­ing is­sues and works with the dis­trict and county coun­cils to im­prove Ger­rards Cross.

Mr Brown says that 2015 will be an ex­cit­ing and chal­leng­ing time to join the parish coun­cil and that he is keen to wel­come new faces to the job.

He said: “In April, we will be tak­ing over as­pects of high­ways main­te­nance, in­clud­ing grass cut­ting, hedge cut­ting and foot­path main­te­nance, and pos­si­bly more to fol­low.

“We are also mak­ing ma­jor head­way in im­prov­ing our com­mons, with new play equip­ment in­stalled and also work­ing with the Forestry Com­mis­sion on long-term

are main­te­nance.

“With a record level of plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tions and the move to­wards on­line pa­per­less plane, this is an­other ex­cit­ing and chal­leng­ing area of devel­op­ment.

“The Best Kept Vil­lage com­pe­ti­tion will be a great op­por­tu­nity to show­case our vil­lage and the work done by the coun­cil work­ing with res­i­dents and other or­gan­i­sa­tions.”

It has not yet been an­nounced which coun­cil­lors will be stand­ing down be­fore the elec­tion, but peo­ple are en­cour­aged to put them­selves for­ward for elec­tion be­fore the end of March.

Any­one over the age of 18 can stand as a parish coun­cil­lor.

Mr Brown added: “It is for peo­ple who are pas­sion­ate about Ger­rards Cross and who want to put thoughts into ac­tion by join­ing the parish coun­cil and mak­ing a dif­fer­ence.”

To find out more about how to stand, con­tact the parish of­fice on 01753 888 018.

It is for peo­ple

who are pas­sion­ate about Ger­rards

Cross”

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