Dodderhill Parish Council – Council Tax 2019/2020

Dodderhill Parish Council have agreed to increase their share of the Council Tax by 35% to £49.47 per year for a Band D taxpayer.

This sounds like a lot, but in real terms is just a 25p per week increase to allow the Council to insure and maintain the fabulous new facilities at the recreation ground and to build up a small fund to replace/enhance the equipment in the future. This comes after years of council tax freezes and is still well below the national average parish charge of £64.05.

If you have any questions or comments, please contact the Parish Clerk at dodderhillpc@gmail.com.

Great British Spring Clean – Keep Dodderhill and Wychbold Tidy!

Help Keep Dodderhill and Wychbold Litter Free!

Dodderhill Parish Council and McDonalds (Wychbold) have joined forces to participate in Keep Britain Tidy’s  Great British Spring Clean!

The date for our event will be the weekend of

Sat and Sun 13th/14th April 2019

You are invited to join us as a volunteer at the event by sending your name and contact details to either Dodderhill Parish Council, dodderhillpc@gmail.com or McDonalds, 01264@uk.mcd.com.

We will contact you with further details when areas have been allocated. (Tell us if you would like a particular area)

All HV tabards, litter grabbers, gloves and recycling bags will be provided by McDonalds. The event will be run from either Wychbold Village Hall and/or McDonalds, Worcester Road, Wychbold. Should you have any further concerns with litter either before or after this event, then please advise using the above email details, giving location etc. McDonalds will endeavour to visit these areas and litter pick.

Any details given in relation to this event will be held securely and will not be used for any other purpose . You can check either party ’s Privacy Statement by referring to their web sites.

You can also register via the Keep Britain Tidy website where we have our own listing for the event.

Download the Event Poster here and feel free to share! 

Wychavon Village of Culture 2019 – Dodderhill Parish!

We’ve only gone and won the Wychavon Village of Culture 2019! 

The Parish Council put forward some ideas to Wychavon DC based on the criteria to “encourage the use of culture as a catalyst for change”. In brief, the Parish Council will have £5000 and now need to:
 
1. Form a committee to oversee the spending of the money;
2. Produce an application process for community groups to apply for funding;
3. Provide Wychavon DC with a project portfolio for the whole year prior to them releasing the money;
4. Include the history of the BBC towers within the programme;
5. Recognise that this is a tool to get projects up and running within Dodderhill parish, not just Wychbold;
6. Ensure any project has the capability of reaching and engaging with the whole community.
 
The next steps will be discussed at the next meeting of the Parish Council on 4th March 2019.

New Parish Clerk

Dodderhill Parish Council have appointed a new Parish Clerk following the departure of David Hunter-Miller. The Parish Council are very grateful to David for the hard work and dedication he has shown to the Council during his time as Clerk and would like to wish him well for the future.

The new Clerk is Nick Farress who was chosen following interviews held on Friday 11th January 2019.

Nick can be contacted by e-mail at dodderhillpc@gmail.com or by telephone on 07858 827254

Neighbourhood Development Plan – Can you help?

The Parish Council is looking to produce a Neighbourhood Development Plan.  This is a statutory document that will set out a vision for the future of the parish, along with policies on:

  • where development should go
  • what sort of facilities need to be provided
  • what improvements are needed in the area

The aim is to make the parish a better place to live, work and visit.

A Steering Group is being formed to develop the plan with representatives from across the parish and consisting of both parish councillors and members of the public.

If you have an interest in your local area and can spare a few hours or more, please contact the Parish Clerk for further details.

Parish Clerk Vacancy

Clerk to the Council/Responsible Financial Officer

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 28 – 32 (£25,463 – £29,055 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, phone David Hunter-Miller on 07513 122918 or email dodderhillpc@gmail.com

The closing date for applications is Friday 28th December 2018.

There are vacancies on the Parish Council

Join and be an active member of our local community and help us with crime and safety, planning issues, environment, highways and local services.

You must:
• be over 18 and on the electoral register or a resident of the Parish or live within three miles of the Parish as the crow flies or own a business in the Parish
• be able to attend evening meetings every month
• have an interest in local issues
• have a desire to improve the quality of life in the Parish
• be able to represent the views of local people

The position is unpaid and voluntary, but some expenses such as training are paid for by the Parish Council.

For further details contact the Parish Clerk.

Annual Meetings – Tuesday 8th and Tuesday 15th May 2018

The Parish Council is holding its Annual Meeting of the Council at 7PM on Tuesday 8th May and the Annual Parish Meeting at 7PM on Tuesday 15th May 2018.

The Annual Meeting of the Council is where we elect a chairman and review policies and procedures.

The Annual Parish Meeting is not a formal council meeting but a meeting of the parish electors. The Parish Council invite the public and press to hear reports from the Chairman, District and County Councillors, the Police and neighbourhood groups.  It also enables electors to have their say on anything they consider is important to the people of the Parish.

Exhibition for Affordable Housing Plans

Chequers Lane, Wychbold – Affordable Housing

A planning application is being prepared for a proposal comprising 100% affordable housing on land at Chequers Lane, Wychbold. This site has previously been granted planning permission for 36 dwellings (Council ref. W/11/02571/OU, PINS ref. APP/H1840/A/12/2171973, Reserved Matters approval W/13/00618/RM). This consent has since lapsed.

An public exhibition on behalf of Fortis Living and Wychbold Developments LLP has been arranged to view emerging proposals on:

Thursday 26th April 2018 between 3.30PM – 7.30PM, at Wychbold Village Hall, School Road, Wychbold, WR9 7PU