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Vacant seats on the parish council

Please will you help the community by serving as a parish councillor?

Following the May elections there are vacant seats on Randwick Westrip Parish Council.

Randwick and Westrip Parish Council needs two more members.

The council must fill the vacant seats by co-option.

To qualify, your name must appear on the current electoral register – or you should have lived in or within three miles of the parish during the whole of the last twelve months – or your only place of work during the whole of the last twelve months was in the parish.

If you would like to be considered for co-option please email clerk@randwickandwestrip-pc.gov.uk by September 13th with a brief personal statement explaining what experience and skills you would bring to the council and you will be invited to speak at the council meeting on September 16th.

The Parish Council normally meets once a month. Councillors will hold office until the next local elections in May 2025.

Unrecorded rights of way

GCC Public Rights of Way team has notified parish councils of a change in legislation which means that certain unrecorded rights of way might shortly be lost.

“You might be aware of historic tracks and ways within your parish which are perhaps no longer used on a daily basis but are considered to be part of your parish’s history. You should know that if these ways are not currently shown on the official records of rights of way, they could be permanently closed off in 2026 by the owner of the land over which they cross. It is important therefore that these routes are protected now.

For more information and to check recorded rights of way follow this link

Unrecorded rights of way

Elections May 2021

There are 9 seats on Randwick and Westrip Parish Council, in three wards. As the number of candidates was equal to or less than the number of seats available Alun Davies, Richard Huxford, Matthew Reed, Robert Davies, Deborah Smith and Michael Woods have been duly elected without a contest.

The council will now fill the vacant seats by co-option as outlined above.

Randwick Ward has 4 councillors, Randwick South West Ward 3 councillors and Randwick South East Ward 2 councillors. There is a link to a map of the parish wards on the page ‘How to join the Council’.

Elections for District and County Councillors May 2021

John Bloxsom was elected as the County Councillor for the Rodborough Division.

Susan Williams was elected as the County Councillor for the Bisley Painswick Division.

Jonathan Edmunds was re-elected as District Councillor for Randwick, Whiteshill and Ruscombe Ward.

Annual Audit

The Audit for 2020/21 has been completed.

Under the 2014 Local audit and Accountability Act each year the parish council prepares the Annual Governance and Accountability Return.

The council’s accounts have been audited. Since neither the council’s annual income nor the annual expenditure exceed £25,000 the council has declared itself exempt from external audit. Accounts and audit papers are available on the page “Accounts and Audits”.

Environmental Plan for the Parish

In order to help preserve Randwick & Westrip for the future the Parish Council is going to create an environmental plan of the parish. This is to include sites of special interest of varying types, both natural and man-made. Examples could include buildings of note, areas where there are valued wild plants or insects, or areas created by community projects etc.

If you are aware of anything which you believe should be included please contact us either by emailing me at cllr.debbi.smith@randwickandwestrip-pc.gov.uk or by coming along to a council meeting.

Planning – Pre-application community involvement protocol

Randwick Parish Council, working with Stroud District Council, has adopted this protocol to help developers to consult with the local community.

The aim of this Protocol is to enable open, agreed and well-­structured working between communities, applicants/developers, local authorities and elected members in advance of planning applications, helping to deliver better quality development for all.

 

application_pdfPDF SDC pre-application community involvement protocol

application_pdfPDF Addendum for Randwick Parish