Parish councillors are ordinary residents who give up a few hours of their free time every month to keep the village ticking along. They keep an eye on the roads, planning applications, street furniture, public land, safety, crime and other issues affecting the community. They have a modest budget which comes out of the Council Tax. Councillors receive training for the role, and agree to abide by a Code of Conduct which which you can see here. The parish council has an annual checkup by an external auditor, to ensure that correct safeguards and procedures are kept. An elected but unpaid level of local government, there are 7 councillors looking after Collyweston.
PARISH CLERK Jo Hemingway is usually the first person to contact if you wish to alert the parish council to something needing attention or action. Talk to her informally on 01780 444311 during office hours or send her an email.
The register of councillors’ pecuniary interests in Collyweston is held by the District Council, and here is a link to it.
You can report pot-holes or other road problems to the Street Doctor yourself, using their easy online reporting system, without involving the parish council. (You’ll probably get a quicker response than they would!)
May 2018 Parish Council vice chairman, Fiona Cowan, has resigned for personal reasons.
As one of the longest-serving of the current councillors, Fiona has represented Collyweston on a lot of projects and outside committees, as well as leading the Neighbourhood Plan project. She will be missed and the Parish Council thanks her for carrying out her civic duty beyond what was required, as well as donating her time to the community.
She will continue doing the website admin for the parish council village website for now.
Fiona said: “It was a tough decision to resign. But as well as Tweeting and Facebooking for the village, and looking after the village website, I’m planning to keep coordinating Neighbourhood Watch and attending the JAG and Augean landfill meetings whenever I can. This is a terrific village and I look forward to becoming more active again, maybe next year.”