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in the heart of Cheshire

KINGSLEY PARISH COUNCIL

VACANCY

PART-TIME CLERK & RESPONSIBLE FINANCIAL OFFICER (RFO)

 

From Councillor Sue Billows:

 

We are so sorry that Louise our Parish Clerk has decided to embark on a new venture.. a Bed and Breakfast in Harlech. We all at the Parish Council wish her well and must admit I am waiting for the opportunity to book in.

Louise has made a massive contribution to getting the Parish Council up to speed and reorganizing a lot of our systems, we will be always grateful to her.

Louise's contribution has lead us to realize that increased legislative requirements mean more hours. For example, the cemetery is taking considerable time to manage. We now need to have someone in attendance at every funeral. Kingsley has been innundated with the planning application. The additional facilities at the newly named Kingsley Park ( Westbrook Playing Field) need constant monitoring to ensure it complies with Health and Safety and is a pleasant venue for all. General legislation, applications for Precepts and Grants are time-consuming and need a lot of thought, and the list can go on and on. The Boardroom is a great facility that makes the Parish Council open and approachable but does need manning.

Like many things in life, we have become more paperwork and less fun. We need a good administrator to keep us in line and give all the Councillors time to spend in the Community. I am not complaining, when we had no clerk, Councillor Critchley & I spent on average 45 hours a month, last year, just treading water & keeping on top of the necessary documentation. Other Councillors have spent a lot of time dealing with matters like Tarmac at Crowton, attending briefings and taking on projects. I ask you, would you do the same for no pay? The Parish Clerk is the only paid member of the team.

Please please if you are interested and want to know more call me or message me, I will be happy to talk to you on an informal basis and show you around the job... I also will be very honest re the highs and lows...

If you have got this far Thank You for reading my honest appraisal of the situation.

 

Kingsley Parish Council is seeking applications for a Clerk & Responsible Financial Officer (RFO).

The post is part-time, for approximately 16 hours per week, by arrangement, working from ‘The Boardroom’ in Kingsley.  Working hours are flexible but the post holder must be able to attend our monthly meetings.  We offer excellent terms and conditions of employment.  Annual salary is paid in accordance with the National Association of Local Councils and Society of Local Council (NALC) Pay Scale’ and Experience.  There is no requirement for the post holder to live within the parish.

Specific responsibilities will include:

  • Ensuring the Parish Council conducts its business lawfully;
  • Administering the council’s financial affairs and keeping proper records;
  • Attending all council meetings (the third Tuesday evening of each month);
  • Ensuring that meeting papers are promptly prepared; and
  • Managing communications with the borough council and other organisations.
  • Managing Communications between Councillors, Members of the Public & circulation of correspondence received

 

Applicants should be computer-literate, experienced in the use of spreadsheets and accounts and have proven organisational and administrative skills.  Experience in local government is desirable but not essential. Full training will be given.

Further details of the role, including a job description and person specification, may be obtained from Councillor Jayne Black

To apply please send your CV with a covering letter highlighting your relevant qualifications, skills and experience by Friday 27th March 2020

 

Councillor Jayne Black

Address: High Lawn, Dark Lane, Kingsley, Frodsham, Cheshire. WA6 8BJ

Telephone: 07989 975942

E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Kingsley Parish Council along with the councils of Acton bridge and Crowton have been actively engaged over the last two years in discussions with Cheshire West and Chester Planning Department to bring to an end quarry operations at this site.

There has been no sand extraction nor importation of infill material  to the quarry since 2018.

Work is continuing on the restoration of the site by the quarry operators and preparations to return it to pastureland. In a recent visit, councillors have observed the re-grading of the fields and landscape reformation. 

   

The offices have now been demolished. The weighbridge is sold and will be removed from the site this coming weekend. Some 300 metres of the tarmac entrance road up to the B5153 will be lifted and removed from next Tuesday 2nd December onwards; this will entail some 54 lorry loads & 108 movements. They are designated for a site some 13 miles away so local residents need to be aware of this temporary activity.

This work will effectively close off the site to any further access from the Crowton entrance. 

Louise Hare
Parish Clerk

This is a brief update from the Kingsley Parish Council (KPC) on what has occurred recently regarding the Kingsley Neighbourhood plan.

Over the last 18 months, the development of the plan has been undertaken by an independent steering group, Kingsley Neighbourhood Planning Steering Group (KNPSG), comprised of volunteers from the village and representatives of KPC. The steering group was provided with wide powers, delegated by KPC as the ‘Qualifying Body’ to complete this task, with the appointment of a independent Chairman to complete the plan.

Daffodil Bulb Planting

Our Ward Councillor Hugo Deynem, is looking to support funding for local communities to plant daffodils bulbs in their communities. The Parish Council is aware that we have had a number of bulb planting events in the past and have lovely displays at the bottom of Brookside and up Hollow Lane past St John's church.

We now have the opportunity to request sacks of 500 bulbs (enough for 50sqm) at a minimal cost to the Parish Council. The requirement for the support from our Borough Councillor is that local people, schools, youth groups, etc; are involved in the planting. At this time, there are no designated areas but suggestions are around the edge of the playing field and verges around the village. Villagers should be aware that Streetscene will not cut the verges until the foliage on the daffodils have died down.

The Parish Council would welcome your comments as to whether we should take up this offer. You can comment via the village Facebook page, or direct to the Parish Clerk via email (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). We need to make applications by January 2020, and all bulbs need to be planted by March 2020.

 

Dear Residents,

We thought it appropriate to update you on the progress of the Higher Heyes Development after a contractor was found to be working on the site during the previous week and caused several questions to local parish councillors. The latest information we have is that the planning conditions placed on the site by Cheshire West and Chester Planning Department are nearing completion and could soon be ‘signed off’ by the appropriate authorities.

As I’m sure you are aware, Kingsley residents, and people with connections to Kingsley have first ‘claim’ on the purchase of the affordable housing that will be built on the site and we will ensure that we provide information about purchasing the properties as soon as it becomes available. We can also now confirm that should the affordable house not be sold; they will be offered through an “affordable rent” scheme.

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