Harringworth & Shotley Parish Council
NOTICE OF ELECTION
HARRINGWORTH PARISH COUNCIL ELECTION
Number of Parish Councillors to be elected – 7
1. An election is to be held of Councillors for Harringworth Parish Council.
2. Forms of nomination for the elections for the Wards listed above may be obtained by downloading and printing a copy from www.northnorthants.gov.uk, emailing elections.ENC@northnorthants.gov.uk,
telephoning 01832 742353 and asking to speak to a member of the elections team. Paper copies may be obtained from East Northamptonshire House, Cedar Drive, Thrapston, Northamptonshire, NN14 4LZ.
3. The Returning Officer will, at the request of any elector prepare a nomination paper for signature.
4. Nomination papers must be delivered by hand between 10am and 4pm to the Returning Officer, East
Northamptonshire House, Cedar Drive, Thrapston, Northamptonshire, NN14 4LZ from the date of
publication of this notice (excluding Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays) but no later than 4 pm on
Thursday, 8th April 2021. An appointment should be made in advance for the delivery of nomination
papers by telephoning 01832 742353 or by emailing elections.ENC@northnorthants.gov.uk.
5. An informal check of nomination papers may be requested prior to formal submission. Nomination papers to be checked informally may be scanned as a pdf file and submitted by email to
elections.ENC@northnorthants.gov.uk by no later than 4pm on Wednesday 7th April 2021. Formal
submission of nomination papers must be made by hand as detailed at point 4 above.
6. If any election is contested the poll will take place on Thursday, 6th May 2021.
7. Applications to register to vote must reach the Electoral Registration Officer at East Northamptonshire House, Cedar Drive, Thrapston, Northamptonshire, NN14 4LZ by 12 midnight on Monday 19 April 2021.
Applications can be made online: https://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote.
8. Applications, amendments or cancellations of postal votes and amendments or cancellations of proxy votes must reach the Electoral Registration Officer at East Northamptonshire House, Cedar Drive,
Thrapston, Northamptonshire, NN14 4LZ by 5 pm on Tuesday, 20th April 2021.
9. New applications to vote by proxy at this election must reach the Electoral Registration Officer at East Northamptonshire House, Cedar Drive, Thrapston, Northamptonshire, NN14 4LZ by 5 pm on Tuesday, 27th April 2021.
10. Applications to vote by emergency proxy at this election on grounds of physical incapacity or for
work/service reasons must reach the Electoral Registration Officer at East Northamptonshire House,
Cedar Drive, Thrapston, Northamptonshire, NN14 4LZ by 5 pm on Thursday, 6th May 2021. The physical incapacity must have occurred after 5 pm on Tuesday, 27th April 2021. To apply on the grounds of work/service, the person must have become aware that they cannot go to the polling station in person after 5 pm on Tuesday, 27th April 2021
THE PARISH COUNCIL
The Parish Council of Harringworth is the first tier of local government. It is an elected body and is responsible for the civil parish.
There are some 8,500 councils at parish level in England. As a tier of local government, they are elected bodies, with discretionary powers and rights laid down by Parliament to represent their communities and provide services for them. Policy has centred on the fact that they act as a focus for local opinion and provide a way to get things done in a way that is best suited to their local community.
A council must act within the law. It can only spend, raise or use money if it has a statutory power to do so, otherwise it acts ultra vires (beyond its powers). Parish councils have a wide range of powers under different acts of Parliament. Most of these powers are discretionary, i.e. a council may do something, rather than it must do something.
A parish council has the unfettered right to raise money by precept (a mandatory demand) on the district council. The precept required by a parish council is then collected by the principal council as part of the council tax levied on taxpayers in that parish.
The Harringworth Parish precept for 2020/21 will be £6180, no increase on last year’s precept. The bulk of money is spent on Street Lighting, Grass Cutting and Administrative Costs.
The Current Harringworth Parish Council elected officials are:
- Louise Boon
- Gerald Dolman
- Keith Dove (Member Responsible for Finance)
- Simon McLean (Deputy Chair)
- Shirley Milton
- Frank Walsh (Footpaths Officer)
- Andrew White (Chair)
- Clerk to Parish Council is Harold Maxfield
How to contact a Parish Councillor? Via email to firstname.lastname@example.org
List of Parish Council powers (this is not an exhaustive list)
Burial grounds & cemeteries – power to:
- acquire and maintain;
- contribute towards expenses of cemeteries.
Bye laws – power to make bye laws in regard to open spaces and burial grounds.
Crime prevention – power to:
- install and maintain equipment for the prevention of crime;
- contribute to police services.
Highways – power to:
- maintain footpaths and bridleways;
- light roads;
- provide litter bins;
- plant trees and lay out grass verges and to maintain them.
Town and country planning:
- right to be notified of planning applications;
- right to be consulted on planning applications.
The Parish Council meet six times a year usually on the second Thursday of the months of January, March, May, July, September, November. Parishioners may observe any Parish Council Meeting though they may only speak with the express permission of the Chairman.
Copies of the Parish Council meeting minutes are available on the village website – Parish Council Meetings.
How to Become a Parish Councillor
Parish Council elections are usually held every four years, the next election was due to take place on 7th May 2020. However, due to the Coronavirus restrictions the Government deferred the elections to 6th May 2021. If more than seven candidates stand an election will be held. If only seven stand then those seven will be elected unopposed with no voting required. If fewer than seven stand then the vacancies can be filled after the election date by individuals being co-opted.
If you are interested in helping contribute to your Parish, why not stand for election on the 6th May 2021. The Clerk is more than willing to provide details should you be interested (please complete and send the form below).