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Becoming a Parish Councillor

Brixworth Parish Council currently has a number of councillor vacancies.

Why should I become a Parish Councillor?

If you are a Brixworth resident, this is an excellent opportunity for you to get involved in the way the village is run, to have your say on the development of houses and amenities within the parish, and to contribute to the local community.

Isn’t the Parish Council made up of retired old men?

Brixworth Parish Council is fortunate enough to consist of members both male and female from every generation, from early twenties through to retirement and beyond. We don’t ask your age when you join, but we estimate that more than 60 per cent of our members are below retirement age. This helps us to be truly representative of the community.

How much of my time will it take?

The Parish Council has one ordinary meeting per month, to which all members are summoned. There are additional working group meetings for various projects should you wish to contribute further, and local planning matters are discussed at a separate meeting every three weeks.

How do I become a Parish Councillor?

It’s a good idea to attend a meeting or two, to get an idea of what’s involved. Existing Parish Councillors will be happy to discuss this with you outside of meetings.

The actual procedure is very straightforward. When a Parish Council has advertised a vacancy for more than two weeks, there is no need for an election; the Parish Council can choose to co-opt individuals onto the council.

Email, telephone or write to the Clerk to the Parish Council, Mrs Emma Baker, to advise her that you’re interested in joining the Parish Council. The Clerk will ask you to submit a few details about yourself and how you feel you can contribute to the Parish Council.

At the next ordinary meeting, the council can vote to co-opt you, and you then become a Parish Councillor.

What happens once I’m co-opted?

You will be appointed a mentor to guide you and answer your questions during the first three months; you will also be offered a place on a training course for new councillors, which will be paid for by the Parish Council.

Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group Public Meeting

The Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group have published the Draft Plan using the information gained from last year’s questionnaire delivered to all homes and many subsequent meetings.

A 6 week community consultation starts now. Chairman of the Group, David Parnaby, said ”It is vital that members of the community view the proposals and have their say.”

There will be a display in the Library & Community Centre Foyer from the beginning of June until mid July and a public meeting has been arranged for Thursday 11th June at 7.30pm in the Community Centre.

For more information and to download the Draft Plan visit the Neighbourhood Plan website by clicking on the link below.

Neighbourhood Plan

Womens UK Cycling Tour

The 2015 edition of the race returns to the county of Northamptonshire, building on the success of the 2014 Grand Depart which took place within the county at the heart of England. On the 19th June the race will be coming through Brixworth between 12.45 and 1.00pm along Spratton Road.  The Community Centre will be open and providing refreshment for the spectators.  For more details about the tour click on the link below or download the map

Women’s Tour Website

Womens-Tour-Stage-3-Map.pdf (51 downloads )

Objections to Takeaway Planning Application Appeal

The Parish Council Planning Committee will be writing to the Planning Inspectorate to reiterate our objection to the planning application for 130 Northampton Road, Brixworth, NN6 9BU.

Below is the link to the appeal application which provides an opportunity for residents to make representation supporting, or objecting to the appeal.

Direct link to appeal case:

https://acp.planningportal.gov.uk/ViewCase.aspx…

If you would like further information on the appeal process, please following the link below:

http://www.planningportal.gov.uk/…/taking-part_planning-wri…