Cockshutt-cum-Petton Parish Council serves the villages and hamlets around Cockshutt and Petton and is currently represented by eight parish councillors. The villages are part of a wider farming community and are situated close to Ellesmere which boasts many tourist attractions.
Your Parish Councillors are:
|Cllr. Julian Bowers||Cockshutt||07759 985835|
|Cllr. Stuart Bruce||Cockshutt||07816 549068|
|Cllr. Mrs. Pam Edwards||Cockshutt||01939 270255|
|Cllr. Peter Griffiths||Cockshutt||01939 270463|
|Cllr. Ms. Joy Harrison||Cockshutt||01939 270524|
|Cllr. Simon Lewis||Cockshuttemail@example.com||07792 218252|
|Cllr. Ian Webb |
Our Representatives on Other Groups
Local Joint Committee – TBC
Shropshire Association of Local Councils – TBC
Emergency Planning – Cllr. S. Bruce
Cockshutt Millennium Hall Management Committee – Cllr. Ms. J. Harrison
Wood Lane Quarry Liaison Group – Cllr. J. Bowers
Helicopter Noise Liaison Group – Cllr. S. Lewis
Your Shropshire Councillor is Brian Williams
Your Member of Parliament is Owen Paterson
ABOUT PARISH COUNCILS
A Parish Council represents and serves the whole community. Most communities are made up of many smaller communities, often with different interests, a council’s duty is to serve them all. A council balances the needs of different elements of the community to get the best results.
Each Parish Council is made up of individual Councillors who contribute to the work of the whole Council by:
- suggesting ideas
- engaging in constructive debate
- responding to the needs and views of the community
- representing their constituents
- behaving in an ethical way and being open about interests
- commenting on proposals to ensure the best outcome
- voting – to enable the council to make decisions
Every Parish Council has a Clerk, often referred to as the Parish Clerk. The common understanding is that the Clerk organises meetings, takes minutes and sends letters. Over the years as the role and responsibilities of the parish council has changed, so has the role and responsibilities of the Clerk.
The Clerk’s overall responsibility is to carry out the policy decisions of the Council. He is akin to the chief executive of a company, in that he is the person that has overall responsibility for the administration and procedural aspects of the Council. The Clerk is responsible for seeing the business of the Council runs smoothly and efficiently and is conducted in accordance with the law. Normally, too, he is responsible for ensuring the Council’s financial transactions are properly authorised and recorded. Most Clerks, as sole council employees, also have to perform the clerical tasks without which the council’s business cannot properly be carried out.
So today, the skills of a Clerk have to be wide and professional – not an easy task!