CRADLEY PARISH COUNCIL VACANCY FOR A PARISH CLERK Applications are invited for the position of a Part-time , Salaried Clerk to help our forward looking and active Council to serve the communities of Cradley and Storridge Parishes ARE YOU INTERESTED ? Then Phone  Lynda Wilcox of HALC for an application form on                  01432 353492
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PC Calendar Or more descriptively, Cradley and Storridge Parish Council, for it encompasses the Village of Storridge as well, exists to look after the interests and well being of the communities within its boundaries.  Consisting of fifteen members, elected every four years, and headed by an annually elected Chair. The Council meets the second Tuesday in each month, at Cradley Village Hall during the Spring and Summer and at Storridge Village Hall during the Autumn and Winter.  Normal meetings are open to the public to attend and indeed the Council welcomes and encourages participation by members of the community  Agendas for meetings are usually issued 5 days before the date and can be viewed on the Parish Council notice boards within the two villages or here online on the Calendar. Anyone wishing a matter to be discussed or raised at Council should in the first instance contact the Clerk or a Parish Councillor. (see your Councillors page)  For more details of how Parish Councils work and the scope of their involvement in the local community Click Here What do we do What we donít do
Cradley Parish Council Update drafted 16th November and updated 4th December 2017  In view of recent events regarding the Parish Council, here are the facts as currently known: 	1.	The Parish Clerk resigned on 23rd August 2017. 	2.	Since 1st October 2017 eight parish councillors have resigned, including the Chair and Vice-Chair. 	3.	These resignations resulted in the Council being inquorate and therefore unable to meet and make any decisions.  The current establishment of the Council is fifteen, and, to be quorate, a third of the establishment must attend a meeting.  There are only four remaining councillors. 	4.	With no clerk and an inquorate Council, the Lengthsman, Jeremy Phillips, has not been able to have any direction to do any work since the end of October (as per his contract with the Council and connected insurance factors), so his activities for the Parish are necessarily suspended for the time being.  	5.	The fact that the Council is inquorate has also resulted in a delay in the recruitment process for a new parish clerk.  This can now proceed, and an interview panel has been appointed. 	6.	The Councilís public liability insurance is in place and the insurance company is fully briefed on the current situation. 	7.	In the current circumstances, Herefordshire Council has the power to make an order to appoint county councillors to the Parish Council to make it quorate Ė this process takes some time to put in place, but we can confirm that there are now county councillors allocated (Councillors A Johnson, J Lester, A Seldon, and N Shaw).  Therefore, the next Parish Council meetings can be quorate by this means, and the arrangement will continue until new parish councillors can be elected to some or all of the vacancies. 	8.	At the Parish Council meeting on November 30th, Bruce Herriot was elected as Chair and Wynne Harries as Vice-Chair.  	9.	As already stated on the website, as a temporary measure, any written correspondence to the Parish Council may be sent to Councillor Wynne Harries, 6 Oaklands, Cradley WR13 5LA   01886 880 976.  Any of the other parish councillors would also be very happy indeed to take any queries that you may have, including local members: Councillor Simon Davies 01886 880 074, Councillor Alan Eldridge 01886 880 381, and Councillor Bruce Herriot 01886 880 146.   	10.	If a contested election for the vacancies is required, this will be held on 11th January 2018, but please see separate notices for further details.  There will be public notices in Cradley and Storridge, and you can also check the Herefordshire Council website for information on parish councillor vacancies.  Nominations for the vacancies will close at 4pm on December 12th 2017.  *  *  *  *  *  *  *  *  *  *  *  *  *
Election for the 11 vacancies for Parish Councillors Nominations open on 4th December 2017 and completed nomination papers need to be handed in physically at Hereford Town Hall before 4pm on 12th December If there are more nominations than vacancies, then a contested election will take place on January 11th 2018 This is your chance to serve the community and help take the Council forwards into the future - please apply
click here for the nomination forms  and information Please note that whilst the Parish Council is seeking to  appoint a new Clerk all communications and contact  with the Council should be addressed,  as a temporary measure, to   Councillor Wynne Harries   6 Oaklands, Cradley, WR13 5LA 01886 880976   Parish councils do not respond to anonymous communications, and, with or without a permanent parish clerk in place, they will only respond directly to residents who give their verifiable full name and postal address.