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 Borough Council and the County Council – and in national government.
Barton Stacey Parish Council will strive to encourage, through the Parish Council’s statutory powers, and promote the best social and environmental practices for the parish of Barton Stacey by managing services, assets and the resources of the Parish Council for the benefit of the local community
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 trees in conservation area and tree preservation orders to extensions, new developments including affordable housing – advisory role only
- transport planning
- economic development
- environmental matters
- community projects
- leisure and recreation
The Parish Council has primary responsibility for:
- local amenities – such as the play areas, recreation ground, burial ground, allotments,pavilion, provision of dog bins and car parks
- local services – such as grass cutting, tree and hedge maintenance and pest control in allotments
The Parish Council receives funding primarily from the Borough 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 and grants such as trim trail and playground safety surfaces
Parish Council Members
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.
Nicholas Prideaux - Chairman
Address: Rose Cottage, Barton Stacey, SO21 3RL T: 01962 760450
Elected 7 May 2019 as a councillor and 19 May 2020 as chairman
Donna Oliver - Vice Chairman
Hants, SO21 3FR
Tel: 07591 127056
Elected 7 May 2019 and Vice Chair 19 May 2020
Abi Bettle-Shaffer - Councillor
2 The Barracks Bransbury Barton Stacey SO21 3QJ m: 07929 214 556 e: firstname.lastname@example.org Elected 7 May 2019
Nigel Cooper - Councillor
11 Ringbourne Copse Barton Stacey SO21 3FR t: 01962 761 807 m: 07801 650866 e: email@example.com Elected 7 May 2019
Vacancy - Councillor
Vacancy - Councillor
Cheryl Sherwood - Councillor
51 Roberts Road Barton Stacey SO21 3RU t: 01962 761 196 e: firstname.lastname@example.org Elected 7 May 2019
Barry Jayes - Councillor
2 Roberts Road, Barton Stacey, Hants, SO21 3RY t: 07811 979396 e: email@example.com Elected 7 May 2019
Vacancy - Councillor
Jo Gadney - Parish Clerk
t : 01962 761 287
m: 07798 502 905
David Drew - Test Valley Borough Councillor
t: 01264 357 024
m: 07768 244 456
Andrew Gibson - Hampshire County Councillor
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.
A councillor is co-opted when appointed solely by the council without the direct involvement of the electorate.
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.
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 three 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 “Councillor reports” Apart from the initial participation session, the public are not allowed to speak in the meeting. This is a local government regulation.