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Your Parish Needs You!
The term of office of the current Parish Council expires on 11 May 2015 and a new council has to be elected on 7 May 2015 for the next four years.
Would you like to be part of that new Council?
The civil parish of Gorsley & Kilcot was formed on 1 April 2000. It consists of the Gloucestershire part of the villages of Gorsley and Kilcot which come under the Forest of Dean District Council. It was formerly part of the SW Ward of Newent. Although a small parish in numbers (114 households and 231 electors at the present time), it covers quite a large area along and to each side of the B4221 and the B4222 roads as far as the Herefordshire borders.
The Council has seven elected members plus a part time Clerk, who carries out administration, gives advice on legal matters, liaises with other bodies on the Council's behalf, and keeps the financial records. Training is available for new Councillors.
What is involved?
The Parish Council normally meets around 9 times a year in the evening in the Upper Room at Christ Church, Gorsley (the only public building in the parish). Councillors may also represent the Council at other local government meetings or organisations from time to time. An 'open' Annual Parish Meeting is held once a year. The Parish Council is consulted on a wide range of matters from planning applications to roads and the environment. It is funded through the parish precept (currently £5087), part of the Council Tax, and it can also raise funds through grant applications. Parish Councillors are local people committed to their local community. Councillor training is available.
What Difference Has Your Parish Council Made?
Over the past Fifteen years your Parish Council has:
• Represented local people's interests, particularly within the mandate of the Parish Appraisal (2001), Parish Plan (2003) and Parish Questionnaire (2007)
• Provided information and feedback to the District Council on all planning applications (the District Council makes the actual decision on all planning matters)
• Worked with Gorsley & District Preservation Society (GDPG) to object to the proposed development at Hillside Gorsley.
• Worked with Gloucestershire County Council (GCC), the B4221 Action Group and now GDPG to address issues on the B4221 and B4222, including speed and footways
• Ensured that the condition of lanes in the parish is brought to the
attention of GCC through an annual survey by parishioners.
• Held joint meetings with neighbouring parish councils to address
issues of common interest, particularly on road matters
• Improved the local environment with work on the common lands and public rights of way in the parish, using grant funding to provide kissing gates, picnic tables and parish notice-boards
• Drawn up a Community Emergency Plan (2014)
• Helped formulate policy at District and County Council level
• Liaised with other bodies to address issues highlighted by parishioners
Who can stand?
To be eligible to stand for election you must be:
• Over 18 years of age and a citizen of the European Union and
• satisfy one of the following four criteria:
(i) You are on the Electoral Register of the parish (often referred to as the 'Electoral Roll')
(ii) For the past 12 months you have worked or occupied land or premises in the parish as an owner or tenant
(iii) For the past 12 months you have had your main or only place of work in the parish
(iv) For the past 12 months you have lived in the parish or within three miles of the parish
Who can vote?
How do you become a Parish Councillor?
An election is held if more than seven people are nominated for the Parish Council. A minimum of three is required to make the council viable. Members can be co-opted at a later date to fill any vacancies. In the worst case, if less than three candidates come forward for election; the parish would revert to the control of the Forest of Dean District Council. Without a Parish Council, we would lose the benefit of local input and influence.
To stand for election you need a proposer and a seconder from the parish. The candidate, proposer and seconder must sign the nomination paper, print their name and include their full electoral register number. The number should come from the current register. To find out your number, please contact either the Clerk to the Parish Council or the District Council Offices (see below). A 'consent to nomination' form must also be completed and signed.
It is up to the individual candidate to check dates and return the form by the required date.
Election Timetable - Key dates:
Monday 23 March 2015– Notice of Election – This will be displayed locally by this date. *Parish notice-boards are located in Kilcot in the lay-by near Kilcot Cross, and outside Christ Church, Gorsley.
Close of Nominations – 4pm Thursday 9 April 2015 (not even a minute after 4pm!). The District Council Elections Office will then let us know who is standing in our parish.
Close of Withdrawals – 4pm Thursday 9 April 2015
Publication of Statement of Persons Nominated – 4pm Friday 10 April 2015
Notice of poll – Tuesday 28 April 2015- this is published and displayed locally(see above*).
Election Day - Thursday 7 May 2015 7am to 10pm
Would you like to know more?
Tuesday 3 March between 2-4pm and 6-8pm in the Forest of Dean District Council Offices, High Street, Coleford – there is an drop in information session put on by the Forest of Dean District Council about what is involved in being a parish or district Councillor.
Monday 23 March at 7.30pm at Christ Church, Gorsley, the Annual Parish Meeting will be held when you can talk informally to the present council members and find out more about how your parish council works and what it does.
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CHAIRMAN’S REPORT 2013/14
The following report provides a brief summary of the work of the Parish Council over the last year. Full details are of course included in the minutes of our meetings which are available directly from our Clerk or on our website www.gkpc.co.uk.
Gorsley & Kilcot Parish Council (GKPC) continues to invest time in working towards improving the condition of the local lanes and working with various agencies to try and reduce speeding and HGV usage on the B4221 and to monitor and respond to any proposals for development that may have an impact on this Parish.