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Weedon Bec Parish Council

Serving the people of Weedon Bec

Clerk: Mrs Susan Halkett
16, St Mary's Way, Weedon
Northamptonshire NN7 4QL

Who we are & what we do

The Parish Council consists of 13 elected councillors who serve for a four year term. All Councillors are voluntary and receive no payment whatsoever.

The Clerk's Office is located at 16 St Marys Way, Weedon Bec, NN7 4QL.

Full Council Meetings are normally held on the 1st Tuesday of each month except in January - see the diary of meetings for more information.

Planning Committee Meetings are held on the 3rd Thursday of the month when there is a planning application(s) to be considered - see the diary of meetings for more information.

The Parish Council maintains green spaces and play areas in the village including Jubilee Field in Bridge Street, Croft Way playing field off West Street and Cavalry Fields. It is also responsible for many other aspects of the village environment. Among the many things looked after are:

Street Lighting

Grass Cutting

Verge Maintenance

Seats and Benches

Bus Shelters

Footpaths

Litter picking

Jubilee Field play area

Croft Way play area

Equestrian Way play area

Lancers Way play area

Cavalry Fields play area

The Cemetery

Riverside Allotments

Church Street Allotments


For further information please contact our Parish Clerk who will be happy to give advice and assistance.

The Parish Council's Mission Statement

Weedon Bec Parish Council have been awarded Foundation level status
The scheme has been designed to celebrate the successes of the very best local councils, and to provide a framework to support all local councils to improve and develop to meet their full potential. The scheme offers councils the opportunity to show that they meet the standards set by the sector, assessed by their peers, and to put in place the conditions for continued improvement.

Councillor Information

Zoe O'Toole

Zoe O'Toole

Chairman

Mobile
07740 564047

Councillor List

"What being a Councillor involves" - click the link to find out more about becoming a Councillor, how much time you may need to put towards the role and more useful, realistic information

Good Councillors Guide 2016. Additional information on being a councillor.

Councillor Task Group and Committee details

Our Staff

Sue Halkett

Sue Halkett

Parish Clerk

Office Hours: Monday to Friday 10am till 4pm (excluding Wednesday afternoons)

Telephone
01327 341057

Litter Picker

Mark Davies

Litter Picker

Steve Massingham

Members and Staff Training

Weedon Bec Parish Council is committed to providing a formal training strategy.This ensures that staff and councillors are kept up to date with new legislation which is seen as a vital role in any organisation.

All new councillors when joining receive an information pack which includes:

  • The Good Councillors Guide
  • Members list and contact details
  • Meetings timetable
  • Code of Conduct
  • Standing Orders
  • Financial Standing Orders
  • Copy of relevant polices
  • New Councillors Induction (Mentor Scheme)

Standing Orders

Weedon Bec Parish Council must adhere to and work to the guidelines set out in the Standing Orders and Code of Conduct.
There are many other policies also adopted by the council that can be seen on the Policies page but these are the two most important

Code of Conduct

All Members of Weedon Bec Parish Council adhere to a code of conduct. Their declarations are below.

Daventry District Council has an Appeals and Standards Committee to oversee the conduct of District and Parish Councillors. More information on the page below including how to make a complaint about the Council or a Councillor.

Other Policies

In addition to the Standing Orders and Code of Conduct, Weedon Bec Parish Council are guided by and work in conjunction with many other policies all of which are detailed on the policies page

Business Plan

In order to try and share with our residents what the Parish Council will be working on in the next few years, we have drawn up this business plan.
It is an evolving document however should help provide an overview of what the council will be undertaking.
If you have any questions about anything in the plan or feel that you may like to get involved but perhaps without being a councillor, volunteer help would always be welcomed - please get in touch with the Parish Clerk via contact us page

Submission Draft Neighbourhood Development Plan

There's no getting away from it, our Neighbourhood Plan was failed by the Examiner.

There is no appeal. The Parish Council and Steering Group are shocked and dismayed and wondering what to do next. At an Extraordinary Meeting of the Parish Council held on 20th February, the Parish Council voted to withdraw the plan.

The Examiner criticised the plan for lacking proper evidence to support the policies, some of which were not 'clear and unambiguous'. The 'Call for Sites' process which was undertaken to a tried and tested format that our consultants had used before, came in for criticism. The Strategic Environmental Assessment, which caused so much trouble and delay in 2015 was deemed inadequate. Underpinning much of the criticism was a poor approach to assessing the impact of Heritage Assets on sites identified in the plan for possible development.

Much of the Examiners criticism remains puzzling, particularly since the plan had been complimented by others during its making for its thoroughness and scope. A full copy of the Examiners report can be found on the District Council website at https://www.daventrydc.gov.uk/living/planning-policy/neighbourhood-planning/submitted-neighbourhood-plans/#plan3. Have a look and see what you make of it.

The Steering Group had become aware lately that government was requiring Examiners to set higher standards for evidence required of Neighbourhood Plans. While the group had anticipated that the plan would go to public Examination and some changes would be made, no one expected it to be totally dismissed. The Steering Group certainly feel that they have been harshly judged or let down by all the 'higher' planning authorities that have had overview of our plan.

What to do next? Without a plan the village has little protection from developers other than the policies that the District Council has in place in its 1997 Local Plan which is being updated and due for completion in Autumn 2018.

The District Council has offered to meet with the Parish Council to review the plan. A new consultant would need to be employed to give the existing draft plan a 'health check'. This will cost money for which a grant application must be made. More importantly, the task will require a new Steering Group with someone strong to lead it.

Thanks are due to the residents and Parish Councillors who worked so hard over the past 3 years to contribute to the plan; a lot has been learned. Steering Group members would be happy to pass on their experience to anyone who would like to take up the challenge of revising or making a new plan.

Parish Plan

The Parish Plan was produced as a result of consultations with our Residents back on 2009. It was adopted by the Parish Council such that there was guidance as to how and what our Residents considered important and needed for our village. This plan has offered guidance to the council to enable delivery of projects for the benefit of the village e.g. Youth Shelter,Village Map, Walks Booklet, installing new play equipment at Croft Way and Jubilee Field, Village centre Yellow lines and Car Park improvements, buying a Vehicle Activated sign, installing some new benches and bins.

Click on the link to read the Parish Plan

Emergency Flood Plan

The Emergency Flood Plan explains the background on flooding issues affecting the village and sets out the Councils thoughts and concerns for the future. It also identifies who to contact and the rules to follow during a flood.

Annual Report

The Annual Report explains what the Council has been delivering and gives a brief update on events carried out in the village during that financial year. Includes a whose, who on the Council, Summary of financial income/expenditure.
This report is delivered to every household in the parish.

Annual Play Area Inspections

All Weedon Bec Parish Council's play equipment is examined on an monthly basis by Parish Councillors and on an annual basis by an independent examiner.

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