All parish councils are required by The Local Government Act 1972 to hold an Annual Parish Council Meeting during May each year at which, among other things, a Chairman must be elected by councillors for the coming year. FPC also elects a Vice-Chairman at this meeting. The composition of committees is agreed; representatives to outside bodies are appointed; and co-optees and other supporters of the Council are identified and welcomed.
This year’s meeting on 18th May was an unusual one in that, for the first time in fourteen years, Mike Millerchip did not stand as Chairman. In the event, Dick Beales, who was the Vice-Chairman last year, was elected as Chairman for the coming council year, and Pam Andrews was elected as Vice-Chairman**. After his election Dick paid tribute to Mike’s long chairmanship during which the Council had been involved in a number of significant events in the parish, culminating in the opening of the Community Building and Village Shop in 2011 and the Tilford and Rushmoor Tennis Club in 2014.
Although the Council comprises three councillors elected for the Rushmoor Ward of the parish and four for the Frensham Ward, all councillors represent the interests of the whole community. This year’s Council looks like this:
Others, whose offers to contribute their expertise/services to the Council have been gratefully accepted, include: Guy Olden (Co-opted to Planning Committee); Len Davis (Adviser to the Finance Committee); Pam Shipp (Neighbourhood Watch Co-ordinator); Sue Green (Website Manager); and Colin Hall (CPRE).
We would very much like to hear from anybody else who might be prepared to contribute relevant professional skills, interests or experience to the Council’s work, either on an ‘as-needed’ or a regular basis.
We have also recently welcomed Stephanie Spence as part-time Administrative Assistant to our Parish Clerk, Kate Shipton (firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: 01252 793002). Stephanie also works part-time as Clerk to Greatham Parish Council.
If you would like to know more about your Parish Council, its councillors and how to contact them, or what its duties and responsibilities are, this information and much else besides can be found on the Council’s website at: www.frensham-pc.gov.uk.
Remember that your councillors are elected representatives rather than volunteers, although of course they are neither paid nor receive any allowances. As their role is to serve the interests of the community, they welcome constructive suggestions as to how the Council might help to improve the quality of life and environment in the parish. Residents are therefore encouraged to identify their councillors and to engage with them on any issues of concern or where they have suggestions that they would like the Council to consider.
You are also reminded that meetings of the Council and its committees are open to the public. Dates of meetings are published on the four parish notice boards (Hollowdene, Shortfield Common, St Mary’s Church and Rushmoor) and on the website.
Within the next couple of months, all residents in Frensham civil parish will be sent a questionnaire in the post, under the auspices of Surrey Community Action and the Parish Council. This seeks to get a better understanding of actual local housing need within the parish, and to provide updated information that will help us with the revision of the Village Design Statement. We urge everybody to take part in this survey.
** Before we get complaints, please note that Pam is happy to continue with the traditional use of the word ‘chairman’. If you want to be formal, doubtless ‘Madam Vice-Chairman’ would do!
Frensham Parish Council