There are two remaining vacancies for Parish Councillors in Bigbury. If you would like the chance to make an important contribution to your community, please apply to the Parish Clerk: Pam Trundle, Deben Reach, Parker Road, Bigbury on Sea, TQ7 4AT or firstname.lastname@example.org/ tel. 01548 810719.
The Agenda for the Parish Council meeting of 8th Feb. 2012 may be found in the DOCUMENTS section of the Bigbury Parish Council GROUP.
The following message has been received from Devon and Cornwall Community Police Messaging Service
Please see email below and do not open anything to do with Census ‘stuff’.
Statement from Director of the 2011 Census, Glen Watson, Friday 27 January 2012.
We are aware that an email entitled ‘Population Census: a message to everyone – act now‘ is being circulated, allegedly in the name of National Statistician, Jil Matheson. This email demands individuals provide further personal information, supposedly for the Census and threatens fines for non-compliance.
This email is a scam and a hoax. It has no connection whatsoever with the National Statistician, the 2011 Census or the Office for National Statistics.
We believe the links in the email could download malware to any computer where the user clicks on the links. This could put your personal data, including financial information, at risk.
Anyone receiving this, or similar emails, should delete them, not open any links and certainly not provide any information.
For more information on how to protect yourself from this type of threat, please see www.getsafeonline.org
If you wish to, please report receipt of any such suspicious emails to www.actionfraud.org.uk
ONS takes the protection of personal census information extremely seriously. Collection of census data was completed last year and no further requests will be forthcoming from the Office for National Statistics relating to the 2011 Census.
Director. 2011 Census
The unapproved Minutes of the special PC meeting at which the precept was set for the financial year 2012/13 are listed in the DOCUMENTS section of the Bigbury Parish Council GROUP.
DCC has written to the Parish Council, as below, to advise that a consultation regarding school admissions and transport will be available for review and comment to 1 March 2012 at
The comments of Members and representatives of the local community are welcomed. Please mark any response “ADMISSION ARRANGEMENTS 2013”
All parents and community groups are invited to review and comment on the proposed admission arrangements for Devon schools. Their views are also welcomed and may contribute to decisions on how Devon and Devon schools will manage access for children.
May Gurney, working on behalf of SWW, are proposing to close the road at the following location:
Length of road of 220 meters Bull Horn Cross, St Annes Chapel, Bigbury on Sea
Monday 23rd April – Friday 27th April 2012 in working hours.
If you require further information please call us on:
01726 224400 between 9:00am and 5.00pm (Mon-Fri)
Or contact South West Water Helpline on 0800 169 1144 at all other times.
Please accept out apologies for any inconvenience caused and thank you for your co-operation.
At its meeting on 11th January, Bigbury Parish Council unanimously decided to hold the precept at last year’s level of £7600/annum for the financial year 2012/13.
A cutback of as much as 20% in the precept was considered because the Council has substantial reserves; although, in reality, such a cutback would only have resulted in a council tax reduction of several pounds per household. However, an argument was presented that, in the current economic environment, there are certain to be unprecedented unknown increases in local costs arising from cutbacks being made by both DCC and SHDC. In the view of Councillors, the parish needs to be in a position to absorb these costs to maintain services and facilities whilst also supporting worthy local initiatives.
At its December 2011 meeting, the Parish Council unanimously adopted the proposal that it would work towards attaining Quality Council status as a performance objective. What does this mean?
The Quality Parish and Town Council Scheme was launched in 2003 following the Government’s Rural White Paper, 2000 and updated in June 2008. The aim of the Scheme is to provide benchmark minimum standards for parish and town councils.
The Scheme offers a number of benefits, primarily, to the community that the parish council represents but also to the parish council itself and, secondarily, to the principal local authority in the area (SHDC in our case).
By working towards attaining Quality Council status, your parish council will be sending out the message that, in time, it is determined to reach certain minimum standards of performance expected of an active parish council, and to become a truly effective and worthy representative of its community.
What is a Quality Parish Council?
A Quality Parish Council:
- is representative of, and actively engages, all parts of its community, providing vision, identity and a sense of belonging;
- is effectively and properly managed;
- articulates the needs and wishes of its community;
- upholds high standards of conduct;
- is committed to work in partnership with principal local authorities and other public service agencies;
- in proportion to its size and skills, delivers local services on behalf of principal local authorities when this represents the best value for the local community;
- works closely with voluntary groups in its community;
- provides leadership to the community through its work on parish plans; and
- working with its partners, acts as an information point for local services.
The Quality Criteria
In order to achieve Quality Status, parish councils must demonstrate that they have reached the standard required by passing several tests. These involve:
- Electoral Mandate
- Qualifications of the clerk
- Council meetings
- Communication and Community Engagement
- Annual Report
- Code of Conduct
- Promoting local democracy and citizenship
- Terms and conditions
In several of these tests, Bigbury currently falls short of the mark and the new performance objective will involve all those serving the Council in a programme of personal training and development so that, as a council, “we do the right things and do things right”.