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17th May 2022

Pontesbury Parish Council recently advertised a casual vacancy for the statutory notice period, but no requests were received for a by-election to be held. 

 

Applications are now being sought from any suitably qualified person who wishes to stand for co-option onto the Council.

 

Written applications should be made to the Clerk of the Council by no later than Friday 3rd June 2022 and these will be considered at the Parish Council Meeting to be held on Monday 13th June 2022.

 

For an informal discussion, please contact the Clerk to the Council. For more information about being a Councillor please see documents listed below.

 

This notice is dated 17th May 2022

12th April 2022

CO-OPTION OF A COUNCILLOR FOR PONTESBURY WARD OF PONTESBURY PARISH COUNCIL

 

Pontesbury Parish Council recently advertised a casual vacancy for the statutory notice period, but no requests were received for a by-election to be held. 

 

Applications are now being sought from any suitably qualified person who wishes to stand for co-option onto the Council.

 

Written applications should be made to the Clerk of the Council by no later than Friday 6 May 2022 and these will be considered at the Parish Council Meeting to be held on Monday 16 May 2022.

 

For an informal discussion, please contact the Clerk to the Council. For more information about being a Councillor please see documents listed below.

 

This notice is dated 12th April 2022

 

Minsterley and Pontesbury Councillors, Clerk and Highline with one of the new solar lights installed on the cycleway linking the two villages
16th March 2022

Safer Speed Shropshire

For the first time in both Shropshire and the West Mercia Police area, automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) cameras are going up in three villages this week in a bid to deter speeding drivers, following the award of an £18,600 grant from the West Mercia Police and Crime Commissioner.

Pontesbury, Minsterley and Great Hanwood parish councils made a successful joint bid for the funding as part of efforts to tackle speeding traffic in their villages. It’s the first such funding award in the West Mercia area.

This money is being match-funded by each parish council and is the result of the many requests received to try and persuade drivers of all vehicles to slow down when passing through these rural villages, which all lie on the A488. 

The funding means one ANPR camera will be placed on a Shropshire Council street-lighting column in each village, in locations that will benefit most from a reduction in speed.

The cameras are being installed on Wednesday 16 and Thursday 17 March, on the approach to each village. They are being fitted to Shropshire Council lampposts so their locations can be changed without notice, making them even more effective.

Each camera uses the very latest in ANPR technology. Unlike conventional ‘speed cameras’ ANPR can record a vehicle’s speed, number plate, time, date and photograph it. The software can also record offenders, who could be visited by the police.

They can and will also be used to fight rural crime, and build an intelligence picture.

In a joint quote, the chairs of the three parish councils and the local Shropshire Councillors  – Geoff Rogers, Duncan Fletcher, Roger Evans and Nick Hignett, said:

“The three parishes of the Rea Valley and local Shropshire Councillors have formed a partnership, SAFER SPEED SHROPSHIRE, and have worked closely together to get this scheme implemented and we are extremely grateful to the West Mercia Police and Crime Commissioner and Shropshire Council who have all been instrumental in getting it off the ground. We are also grateful for the assistance provided by Charles Pedrick, who has been involved in a similar scheme in Gloucestershire.

“Information from local residents and accompanying data show that many drivers exceed the speed limit when passing though the villages. These new cameras are vital to ensure the safety of our residents, and those using our roads.

“ANPR is ground-breaking for our local communities as it actually records a registration number - something can be done without inflicting the full force of the law.

“We hope motorists will see it as less heavy handed than an instant fine and a deterrent to them speeding in future.”

Richard Marshall, Shropshire Council’s deputy Cabinet member for highways, said:

“We know that speeding traffic is an issue of real concern to residents across the county. I’m delighted that these three parish councils have been successful in their bid for funding and that we’ve been able to support them in their plans to install these new cameras – which I hope will make a real difference to improving road safety.”

John Campion, West Mercia Police and Crime Commissioner, said:

“Road safety is a concern to communities across Shropshire. As PCC, I am resolute in tackling the issue of speeding and working with communities to make our roads safer.

“Through the introduction of the automatic number plate recognition cameras in these three Shropshire villages, communities will see an improvement where they live. I remain committed to supporting West Mercia Police, communities and partners to make a difference to the safety of our roads, and ultimately reduce the number of people being killed or seriously injured on our roads.”

It’s hoped that more such cameras will be introduced in Shropshire in the future.

 

16th March 2022

RECRUITMENT OF FINANCE/ADMIN OFFICER

 

Closing date for Applications: 17.00 on Monday 28th March 2022

 

Pontesbury Parish Council has a vacancy for a Finance/Admin Officer, to join the council team as soon as possible.

 

Pontesbury Parish is comprised of the thriving, large village of Pontesbury (7 miles from the county town of Shrewsbury) and various smaller villages/settlements within the rural surrounding area. The parish council serves a population of approximately 4000. There are 15 councillors covering 5 wards.

 

The post holder will:

  • Carry out the day-to-day financial activities associated with payments, invoicing and banking in accordance with Financial Regulations and using Scribe accounting software
  • Prepare associated reports for council and audit purposes
  • Manage newsletter subscriptions
  • Assist the Clerks with other financial matters

We are looking for a highly motivated, methodical and enthusiastic individual with sound financial management, administrative, communication and organisational skills who is able to be flexible in their approach and able to meet deadlines.

The salary is based on 10 hours per week. The Salary will be calculated according to the NJC rates dependent upon qualifications and/or experience but will be within SCP 18-20 (£24,982 - £25,991 pro-rata for 10 hours).

Interviews will be held on Tuesday 5th April 2022 with a view to start as soon as possible. 

Please click on the link below for an application pack.  For further information,  email clerk@pontesburypc.org.uk or call Parish Clerk on 01691 661157.  

 

Previous applicants need not apply.

 

16th March 2022

NOTICE UNDER LOCAL GOVERNMENT ACT, 1972 (Section 87(2))

 

VACANCY FOR A COUNCILLOR

PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN

that a casual vacancy has occurred in the office of Councillor for Cruckton Ward of Pontesbury Parish Council, following the resignation of Councillor Colin Robinson

Rule 5(2) of The Local Elections (Parishes and Communities) (England and Wales) Rules, 2006 now applies.

The rule allows TEN ELECTORS for the parish [ward] in which the casual vacancy has arisen to request the Returning Officer to hold an election to fill the vacancy.*  That request must be made within FOURTEEN DAYS, calculated in accordance with the rules,** of the date of this notice.  The fourteen-day period ends on 11TH APRIL 2022.               

 

What if a request to hold an election is not received during the permitted time?

Rule 5(5) of the above Rules will apply.  The Parish Council must, as soon as practicable after the expiry of the fourteen-day period, co-opt a person to fill the vacancy.

 

The Returning Officer’s address is:  Electoral Services, Shropshire Council, The Shirehall, Abbey Foregate, Shrewsbury, Shropshire SY2 6ND

The telephone number for further guidance is 0345 678 9015.

This notice is dated 22nd March 2022.

Debbie Marais, Parish Clerk   clerk@pontesburypc.org.uk  01691 661157

 

If you are interested in becoming a parish councillor please contact the Parish Clerk.  Some useful information is included in the links below.

                                                                                                                                   

*   There is no form of words for this request, which might simply be a letter headed with such words as “We the undersigned being electors for the [Ward of] … Parish, call for an election to fill the vacancy arising from the [death][resignation] of …”.  A template entitled “Request for an Election” is available to download from Shropshire Council’s website – www.shropshire.gov.uk - under “Current Council Vacancies”.  It is helpful if the ten signatures are accompanied by printed names and addresses. 

**             In calculating the notice period, day one is the day following the date of this notice; a Saturday, Sunday, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Good Friday or a Bank Holiday or day appointed for public thanksgiving or mourning shall be disregarded, and the period closes at midnight on the fourteenth day after the date of this notice. Rule 5(2) of The Local Elections (Parishes and Communities) (England and Wales) Rules, 2006 now applies.