David was born in Eccleshall and lived there until 1988, when he moved to Stone, before relocating to Yarnfield in 1994.
He is a member of Yarnfield Village Hall Committee and has arranged charity events which have raised funds for both the village hall and local charities. He is passionate about matters that affect the village particularly the proposed HS2 Railhead, increased traffic concerns, the appearance of the Village Green and all other areas in and around Yarnfield and Cold Meece.
Margaret has lived in Yarnfield for 27 years and is a retire GP. Since moving to the village, she has played an active role in village life and was treasurer of the Yarnfield Forum until it was taken over by the Parish Council. She is a member of the Parish Councils Community Action Group, Village Hall Committee and is treasurer for the Stone Railhead Crisis Group.
Sally moved to Ashdale Park from Stone in 1996. She worked as a Speech and Language Therapist in the NHS from 1981 until 2019 and was also involved in healthcare commissioning; she brings a wealth of experience of community engagement.
Her priorities include fighting the HS2 railhead, seeking opportunities for new services in the parish, widening participation and fostering community cohesion.
Stella is a retired secondary school teacher and has lived in Yarnfield for over forty years. She is perhaps best known for her work with Yarnfield Forum for which she has been the chairperson for 12 years.
She is also a member of the Stone Railhead Crisis Group.
Her priorities include fighting the HS2 railhead; controlling speeding traffic; restoring pavements; working to maintaining existing services, while seeking opportunities for new services; and fostering community cohesion.
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John’s moved to Yarnfield in 1990 and before he retired worked for local government in Staffordshire and Leicestershire.
The role of Clerk is to support the parish councillors; to ensure that the Councillors conduct their business properly and to provide independent, objective and professional advice on all matters relating to council business.
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Becoming a parish councillor
What is a parish councillor?
A parish council is a local authority that makes decisions on behalf of the people in the parish. It is the level of local government closest to the community.
Why become a parish councillor?
By becoming a parish councillor you become someone your community will look to for help, guidance and support – a community leader with the power to influence decisions for the benefit of the people you serve.
What decisions do Parish Councils make?
Parish councils make all kinds of decisions on issues that affect the local community. Probably the most common topics that parish councils get involved with are planning matters (they are statutory consultees), crime prevention and roads and highways. Locally this parish council plays a key role in relation to the HS2 phase 2a proposals for Yarnfield Lane and the planned Meecebrook Development.
Parish councils have limited powers to make decisions but they do have the ability to negotiate with, and the power to influence, those other organisations that do make the final decisions (such as the district or county council, health authorities, police etc.). In this respect parish councils are extremely powerful. The organisations that make the final decisions know that a parish council gives the best reflection of how a community feels about something and its views will be taken seriously.
How much time does it take up?
The Council meets once a month for a meeting to which members of the public are also invited. Meetings usually last for up to two hours, depending on what’s on the list of items to discuss. The council also has a Community sub-committee and Events Working Group.
In addition to the regular meetings Councillors are asked to give time for a monthly information briefing.
How long does a Parish Councillor serve for?
Once elected, parish councillors sit on the council for a maximum of four years. If they then want to stay in the post they can stand for re-election.
This does not mean that you have to stay for four years. If you find it’s not for you, or you can no longer meet the commitment, you can stand down.
Am I eligible to be a Parish Councillor?
To stand for election on a parish council, you must:
- be a UK or Commonwealth citizen; or
- be a citizen of the Republic of Ireland; or
- be a citizen of another Member state of the European Union; and
- be at least 18 years old.
- To be eligible to stand for an election for a particular parish, you must:
- be an elector of the parish; or
- in the past 12 months have occupied (as owner or tenant) land or other premises in the parish; or
- work in the parish (as your principal or only place of work); or
- live within three miles of the parish boundary.
You don’t have to be connected to a political party.
If you do become a parish councillor you will have to sign up to the Code of Conduct.
Are you interested in becoming a Parish Councillor?
The best way to find out what it’s like to be a parish councillor is to talk to one of the existing councillors, or the Parish Clerk.