Vacancy for a Parish Clerk and RFO

DODDERHILL PARISH COUNCIL

Clerk to the Council/Responsible Financial Officer

Dodderhill Parish is located north of Droitwich near to junction 5 of the M5, within the District of Wychavon.  The Parish Council serves an electorate of approximately 2000 and will receive a precept of £49,100 for 2019/20.

The Parish Council is seeking to appoint a Clerk to the Council/Responsible Financial Officer with a high level of professionalism and organisational skills.  The applicant will be an excellent communicator who can work well both within a team and on their own.

The Council is seeking someone who preferably has previous experience working as a Parish Clerk/RFO and has knowledge of local government, although training can be provided. The applicant will be CiLCA qualified (or willing to obtain the qualification within 12 months of appointment) and computer literate.

This is a part time position for 18 hours per week, working from home with attendance at monthly meetings and as required.  Additional hours are offered for the first 12 months to cover work on a number of high profile S106 and grant funded projects.

Remuneration is based on the national pay scale SCP 22 – 26 (£26,317 – £29,636 pro rata), dependent upon qualifications and experience.

Membership to the Local Government Pension Scheme is offered with this position.

To discuss the position, or for a job description and application form, e-mail Nick Farress – clerk@dodderhillparishcouncil.co.uk.

The closing date for applications is 24th December 2019.

Council Surgery in Wychbold

The Councils providing services in Wychbold and Dodderhill will be on hand to answer questions, provide information and discuss any concerns residents may have at an event in Wychbold Village Hall.

The event will take place on Monday 30th September 2019 at 6.30pm.

Representatives from Worcestershire County Council, Wychavon District Council and Dodderhill Parish Council will be in attendance, so do come along with those burning questions!

Village Hall and Open Space Funding Update

 

Village Hall and Open Space Funding Update

By now or in the next few days you will receive a pack containing details of the new and exciting plans the Parish Council have to give the community a Village Hall to serve the whole of the community in the future and to further improve the open space areas.

The pack contains a questionnaire/survey that can either be returned by post or by hand or completed online.

The “QR” code in the top right hand corner of the survey form gives the online address or you can manually enter it in your browser of choice as per below.

SURVEY LINK

On the Open Space Area Project we have also taken feedback from issues raised by the Allotment Working Group and also the young people within the community who talked passionately about their desire for a “Pump Track” at a recent council meeting.

 

In relation to the Village Hall project, the application needs to show the need for the community to have a Village Hall fit for the 21st century that enables and supports revenue generation and usage opportunities that a new vibrant Village Hall will bring for the benefit of the whole community.

 

Other supporting factors such as the issue of toilet facility access for the recreation ground also align with the concerns raised by the Village Hall Committee and therefore are at the heart of the plans for the new Village Hall.

The Parish Council reiterate our standing that we are open to work with all to deliver this vision.

Please take your time to read the booklets and give your feedback via the survey.

Tree Work at Piper’s Hill Common

Please see below communication received from Worcestershire Wildlife Trust:

I am a Reserve Officer for Worcestershire Wildlife Trust and, out of courtesy, just wanted to let you know about some work we have planned in your area. We own and manage Piper’s Hill Common SSSI (also known as Dodderhill Common and Hanbury Woods), which you may well be familiar with as the B4091 runs straight through it.  If not, it is a 15.5ha site which is a former wood pasture and has over 200 veteran trees.

You may well know that ash dieback has arrived in Worcestershire and it is already having a noticeable effect on some of our county’s trees. As land managers we are taking it very seriously but we are assessing it on a case by case basis and don’t intend to clear-fell areas of ash trees because we’re hoping to identify disease-resistant individuals.  However, we have a significant number of ash trees along the roadside at Piper’s Hill and these pose a health and safety risk to drivers travelling past the nature reserve on this busy road; ash dieback can cause trees to suddenly lose limbs or to fall over. Consequently, this winter we are planning on removing the ash alongside both sides of the road in a strip that’s about 15m wide (ie within falling distance of the road). We understand the shock that visitors and passers-by will have when they see such a familiar area change quite quickly but we won’t be removing every tree, just the ash and any other that are leaning hazardously into the road. Our priority here is the safety of road-users but we’re also relieved that, whilst we’re losing some of our ash trees, part of the by-product of this work will benefit the trees that are left behind, particularly the older ones. As we are working, we will also be taking the opportunity to clear some space around some of these veteran trees, which will help to increase their longevity.

Any queries about this work can be directed to the Worcestershire Wildlife Trust – enquiries@worcestershirewildlifetrust.org or 01905 754919

Funding opportunities for Village Hall and Recreation Ground

Village Hall Refurbishment and Recreation Ground Enhancements 2020 

The community of Dodderhill Parish has the opportunity to apply for up to £300,000 to refurbish Wychbold Village Hall in School Road and up to £40,000 to make improvements to the Wychbold Recreation Ground.

·      Investing in the Hall for the future

·      Eco friendly improvements to keep running costs down

·      Additional rooms for hire

·      Community activity space

·    Access improvements

·    Enhancements to community allotments

·    Nature trail completion

·    Pump track for bikes & scooters

A first round application to the Wychavon Community Legacy Grant fund has been successful and the Parish Council now need your help!

We need volunteers to help deliver surveys to households, shops and businesses to act as drop off points for surveys and people with experience in writing funding bids. The Parish Council need to match fund any award from the Community Legacy Fund and currently have some New Homes Bonus and “section 106” money available.  However, we need to apply for more funding to make this project come to life.

Legacy Fund Poster 1 2019

Legacy Fund Poster 2 2019

If you think you can help, please contact the parish clerk at clerk@dodderhillparishcouncil.co.uk or leave a message on 07929 213117

Contractors and Tradespeople wanted!

The Parish Council are drawing up an Approved List of contractors to undertake a variety of works within the Parish.

If any local company or tradesperson wishes to be considered for the list, please contact the Parish Clerk with your details together with a copy of your health & safety policy, your public liability insurance cover and details of any registration or licence necessary for your trade.
 
Our list will include (but is not limited to)
Tree Surgeons
Electricians
Plumbers
Carpenters
Maintenance and small works
Garden services
Grass Cutters
Pest Control
Painting and decorating
Sign writers
Welders
Fencers
IT Support
 
At relevant times, the Council will contact those contractors on the Approved List to invite them to provide quotations for works or submit a formal tender application depending on the value of the contract.
 
To apply to be on the list, please contact the Parish Clerk – clerk@dodderhillparishcouncil.co.uk

Adopted Tenders and Quotes Policy

Allotments available in Wychbold

Fancy a little green fingered relaxation and growing your very own fruit and veg?

There are vacant plots at the Wychbold Community Allotments at the Recreation Area off School Road, Wychbold.

Plots start at just £10 per year for a small plot and is a great way to relax and become self sufficient!

If you are interested in taking on a tenancy, or would like more information please contact either the Parish Clerk (clerk@dodderhillparishcouncil.co.uk) or Cllr Sue Howarth from the Community Allotments Working Group who is also an allotment holder! (sue.howarth@dodderhillparishcouncil.co.uk).

Allotment leaflet

Sample Allotment Tenancy Agreement