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Could YOU fill these shoes?

The search is on for people interested in becoming a Parish Councillor as Enderby Parish Council advertise two vacancies in the St. John’s Ward.

Enderby Parish Council is the first tier of local government for the area and it makes decisions on behalf of the people resident in the civil parish of Enderby.

The Parish Council is the level of local government closest to the community. The Parish Council works in conjunction with Blaby District Council and Leicestershire County Council.

A parish councillor is someone to whom the community can look to for help, guidance and support and someone in a position to influence decisions for the benefit of the community they serve.

The Parish Council meets in the Council Chamber, Enderby Civic Centre, King St, Enderby

The main purpose of the role is to represent the views of residents within the parish.

• The Council has responsibility for running some local services including open spaces, play areas, Community Library and village halls.

• Deciding on how much to raise through the Precept (part of your Council Tax) in order to deliver the council’s services.

• Influencing and shaping the long term development policy for the parish, and (as part of the planning process), comment on planning applications in the parish.

• Work to try and improve the quality of life and the environment in the local area.

• Work to identify issues which are important to the lives of the residents they represent.

• Working to bring about improvements through local projects, lobbying other service providers and working in partnership with other parishes and agencies.

Enderby Parish Council makes all kinds of decisions on issues that affect the local community. Probably the most common topics that parish councils get involved with are planning matters (they are statutory consultees), crime prevention and roads & highways.

Parish councils have limited powers to make decisions but they do have the ability to negotiate with, and the power to influence, those other organisations that do make the final decisions (such as the District or County Council, health authorities, Police etc.). Organisations that make the final decisions know that a parish council gives the best reflection of how a community feels about something and as a consequence, its views are taken seriously.

The Full Council usually meets once a month for its Council Meeting to which members of the public are also invited. Meetings may last one or two hours, depending on what’s on the list of items to discuss (Agenda). Sub-committees deal with specific subjects, Policy & Finance, Recreation & Amenities and Planning.

In addition to the regular meetings Councillors may be required to give time for ‘ad-hoc’ meetings – for example with architects or agents to discuss planning applications that the Council must give its opinions on.

Parish councillors serve for a maximum of four years. If they then want to stay in the post they can stand for re-election.

This does not mean that they have to stay for four years. If they find it’s not for them, or they can no longer meet the commitment, they can ‘stand down’.

To stand for election to a parish council, a person must:
be a UK or Commonwealth citizen; or
be a citizen of the Republic of Ireland; or
be a citizen of another Member state of the European Union; and
be at least 18 years old.
To be eligible to stand for an election for a particular parish, you must:
be an elector of the parish; or
in the past 12 months have occupied (as owner or tenant) land or other premises in the parish; or
work in the parish (as your principal or only place of work); or
live within three miles of the parish boundary.
A person doesn’t have to be connected to a political party.

Anyone who is interested in becoming a Parish Councillor in Enderby can talk to an existing Councillor at one of the Councillor ‘Surgeries’ (held in the Community Library, Enderby Civic Centre) or contact them – details are here on the Parish Council website, or contact the Clerk to the Council, Civic Centre, King Street, Enderby, Leicester LE19 4NT. Tel: 0116 275 3711.

Enderby Parish Council invite residents to attend a “Befriend Enderby Library” meeting

enderby community library logo 269x164As part of a continuing campaign by Enderby Parish Council to secure the future of Enderby Library, the Council is inviting residents to a meeting where it will outline its plans and detail how members of the community can be involved.

The decision to proceed with an application to run a Community Library in Enderby was taken at a Council Meeting earlier in the year and following an in-depth public consultation to gauge support for a Library in Enderby.

In January 2014 Leicestershire County Council announced it intended to “protect” its 16 bigger libraries but wanted to save up to £1.4 million a year by transferring 37 of its smaller branches to communities.

Where nobody comes forward there is strong possibility the Library will disappear.

The Parish Council stepped-in following Leicestershire County Council’s decision to close a number of its libraries unless the local communities affected undertook to ‘take over’ their libraries and run them in partnership with the County Council’s Library service.

The meeting will take place in the Civic Centre on Thursday June 18th 2015, commencing at 6pm.

Members of the Parish Council’s Library Working Group will be present, as will representatives from Voluntary Action Leicestershire who are working with the Parish Council in formulating a sustainable business plan.

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Community-minded residents sought for Kirby Muxloe Parish Council

kirbymuxloeKirby Muxloe residents who have an interest in their local community are being encouraged to join their parish council.

Blaby District Council is looking to appoint additional temporary members to Kirby Muxloe Parish Council, to ensure it remains quorate and is able to act.

In June 2013 Blaby District Council acted under the Local Government Act 1972 and appointed seven individuals to act as temporary members, after it received six signed letters of resignation from Kirby Muxloe Parish Council members.

The temporary members were all very experienced and existing parish councillors within Leicestershire.

The Parish Council still has work to do before it can hold elections and Blaby District Council would now like parish residents with an interest in their local community to get involved

Jane Toman, Director of People, at Blaby District Council, said:

“We would like to encourage new people to get involved; those who have an interest in their local community. They don’t necessarily need to have had experience of standing on a parish council before as full training will be provided.”

Jane Toman - Blaby District Council
Jane Toman:
Councillor training will be provided

Those wishing to stand will need to give formal notification by Wednesday 19 March, but in the meantime Blaby District Council is keen to speak to anyone who is interested.

For more information call Jane Toman on 0116 272 5676 or Colin Jones, Monitoring Officer at Blaby District Council on 0116 272 7569.

A formal notice will appear on www.blaby.gov.uk from Friday 14 March.

Community Speed Watch

Enderby Parish Council seeks the assistance of Enderby parishioners to help coordinate a ‘Community Speed Watch Scheme’ in hot-spot areas.

For a Community Speed Watch Scheme to go ahead, a minimum of 6 volunteers is required and it is also difficult, although not impossible, to find a safe location from which volunteers may monitor traffic.

To volunteer, please contact the Clerk,

Ms S Hansford;
Tel: 0116 2753711
or email:
enderbyparish@btconnect.com

speeding issues

Dog fouling in public areas – important message from Enderby Parish Council

doggy doo binComplaints have been received from residents that careless, thoughtless dog owners are allowing their dogs to foul public places in Enderby, including the parks and children’s play areas.

Enderby Parish Council is seeking to remind members of the public that dogs are not permitted inside any fenced or unfenced children’s play areas on Enderby’s Parks, and should be left outside.

Incredibly, despite notices asking people not to do so, dogs are being taken into the gated areas.

Health Warning
Not only is this anti-social habit offensive, the disease toxocariasis, a threat to public health, may be picked up from dog excrement.

Toxocariasis is an infection of the roundworm toxocara canis. The eggs of the parasite can be found in soil or sand contaminated with faeces and if swallowed, result in infection that lasts between six and 24 months. Symptoms include eye disorders, vague ache, dizziness, nausea, asthma and, in extremely rare cases, seizures/fits. Often the eggs are ingested when passed to the mouth by the hands, but this can also occur through contact with dogs or other inanimate objects including balls, the wheels of toys and the soles of shoes. Infected soil samples are often found in play areas and as a result, Toxocariasis most commonly affects children between 18 months and five years.

Penalty
It is an offence to allow a dog to foul any area to which the public has access and when a dog has fouled it is an offence not to clean up the mess; being unaware the dog has fouled, or not having a suitable means of removing the faeces, is not a reasonable excuse for failing to clean up dog excrement. A fine of up to £1,000 may be the result.

Scoop the Poop
There really is no excuse. All Parks are equipped with red, dog waste bins and poop-scoop bags are available, free of charge, from Enderby Parish Council Offices, Blaby District Council and Enderby Library.

Ms S Hansford
Clerk
Enderby Parish Council

See also: » Dog fouling risk to achieving a cleaner neighbourhood (EYE news item April 3rd 2013)

Image2Local councils and some other organisations currently enforce laws which mean you must clear up your dogs mess in public. Allowing your dog to foul in a public place and not cleaning it up could result in prosecution and a fine of up to £1000.