The Parish Council

The Parish Council is an elected body responsible for local government within Barton Stacey. The Parish Council represents the interests of the parish in the provision of local services and liaises with other bodies involved in local government – the District Council and the County Council – and in national government.

Responsibilities

Responsibility for services is divided between the various councils.  The Borough and County Councils are responsible for health, police, education, public transport, highways, and waste collection amongst many other things.

The Parish Council represents the parish in all these matters with particular interest in:

  • local planning – which covers anything from satellite dishes to new developments and affordable housing
  • transport planning
  • economic development
  • environmental matters
  • community projects
  • leisure and recreation

The Parish Council has primary responsibility for:

  • local amenities – such as the village hall, playground, recreation ground
  • local services – such as grass cutting

The Parish Council receives funding primarily from the District Council through its precept – the annual allowance which sets the budget for the provision of services.

The Parish Council may raise additional funds directly from the community for special projects – such as the Millennium Playground.

Parish Council Members

The Parish Council is elected in entirety every four years. Councillors serve for the full four years, and are unpaid. Councillors are governed by a mandatory code of conduct, which includes obligations to act with probity, and to disclose any personal interests which may be relevant to their work as a councillor.

Each year the Councillors elect from among themselves a Chairman and a Vice Chairman and appoint a Clerk. The Clerk is not a member of the council, but serves as its executive function, which includes managing the majority of correspondence for the Council.

Sue Gaines - Chairman

Grange Cottage
Barton Stacey
SO21 3RL

t: 01962 760 564
m: 07802 675 100
e: sue.gaines@bartonstacey-pc.co.uk

Elected 7 May 2015

Jan Lovell - Vice Chairman

25 Roberts Road
Barton Stacey
SO21 3RU

t: 01962 761 170
m: 07791 592 569
e: jan.lovell@bartonstacey-pc.co.uk

Elected 7 May 2015

Abi Bettle - Councillor

2 The Barracks
Bransbury
Barton Stacey
SO21 3QJ

m: 07929 214 556
e: abi.bettle@bartonstacey-pc.co.uk

Co-opted 15 Sep2015

Nigel Cooper - Councillor

11 Ringbourne Copse
Barton Stacey
SO21 3FR

t: 01962 761 807   m: 07801 650866
e: nigel.cooper@bartonstacey-pc.co.uk

Co-opted 27 June 2016

Adee Chant - Councillor

33 Kings Elms

Barton Stacey

Hants

SO21 3RG

T: 01962 760474

M: 07989 966542

E:adeenjan@me.com

Co-opted Jan 2017

George Sarnicki - Councillor

22 Headington Close
Brighton Hill
Basingstoke
RG22 4LN

m: 07549 231 266
e: george.sarnicki@bartonstacey-pc.co.uk

Co-opted 17 May 2016

Cheryl Sherwood - Councillor

51 Roberts Road
Barton Stacey
SO21 3RU

t: 01962 761 196
e: cheryl.sherwood@bartonstacey-pc.co.uk

Elected 7 May 2015

Charlotte White - Councillor

Dormerwood
Barton Stacey
SO21 3RL

t: 01962 7616 80
m: 07890 913 644
e: charlotte.white@bartonstacey-pc.co.uk

Elected 7 May 2015

Vacancy - Councillor

This Councillor position can now be filled by Co-option as no election was called

 

Jo Gadney - Parish Clerk

Banyuls
Barton Stacey
SO21 3RH

t : 01962 761 287
m: 07798 502 905
e: jo.gadney@bartonstacey-pc.co.uk

David Drew - Test Valley Borough Councillor

1 Yew Tree Close
Goodworth Clatford
Andover
SP11 7RR

t: 01264 357 024
m: 07768 244 456
e: Cllrddrew@testvalley.gov.uk

Andrew Gibson - Hampshire County Councillor

t: 01264 861 138
e: Andrew.gibson@hants.gov.uk

Notes

Elected
A councillor is elected as a result of either a contested election, where the electorate has proposed more candidates than there are vacancies and a poll is carried out, or an uncontested election, where the electorate has not proposed more candidates than vacancies so no poll is required.

Co-opted
A councillor is co-opted when appointed solely by the council without the direct involvement of the electorate.

Link to the Test Valley Council Representatives Page

Various roles and Responsibilities of Councillors

Parish Council Meetings

The Parish Council meets at least ten times a year. There may be occasions when additional meetings are held to discuss specific topics.

The meetings are held in the Village Hall, in Barton Stacey, on the third Tuesday of each month, except for August and December, and start at 7.30pm.

The public are most welcome at all regular council meetings.  The way in which the public may participate in meetings are subject to a number of government regulations, as explained below.

Meetings normally last up to two hours, depending on the number of topics to be discussed. Meetings are minuted by the Clerk, and these are available for public inspection, once they have been ratified at the subsequent meeting.

Public Participation

The initial ten minutes of each regular council meeting are set aside for public participation. It should be noted that under local government regulations only persons registered on the electoral roll are permitted to speak.

Parishioners will be able to speak for a maximum of two minutes each within the allotted ten minutes.  If several parishioners wish to express similar views it is suggested that a spokesman will then speak on behalf of the group. When parishioners wishing to speak arrive at the meeting they should give their names to the Clerk and say that they wish to speak. The Clerk will accept the first five names given.

To avoid arguments and keep the length of meetings to a reasonable level, councillors will not enter into discussion with parishioners during the ten minutes allocated for public participation. Topics raised will normally be placed on the Parish Council agenda for the next meeting, unless the Chairman decides that the matter is very urgent in which case it will be discussed under “Any other matters which the Chairman considers urgent” at the end of the meeting.

Apart from the initial participation session, the public are not allowed to speak in the meeting. This is also a local government regulation.