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Notice of Council Vacancy 16th September 2020

Due to the recent resignation of Cllr Pinnell there is a vacancy for a Councillor at Berkeley Town Council.

If you are interested in filling the role please contact the Town Clerk or any current Councillor to find out more about the role, or send in a written expressions of interest to clerk@berkeley-tc.gov.uk

Notice of Vacancy 16.9.20

 What do councillors do?

Councillors are the champions of their community and give residents a voice on the decisions the council makes. Becoming a councillor will allow you to make a real difference in your community by engaging with residents, local groups and businesses to find out their needs; making decisions on which services and projects the council should take forward; and getting involved locally to ensure the services are meeting your community’s needs.

How long does it take?

The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) Local Councillor Census Survey found that councillors put aside, on average, three hours a week for council work. This often includes attending meetings, engaging with residents and speaking on behalf of the council to other bodies.

Can I stand?

Qualifications to be a Councillor:

-A British citizen, or a citizen of the Commonwealth, or the European Union

- 18 years of age or older

In addition to one of the below criteria:

-Be registered as a local government elector for the area of Berkeley

-During the whole 12 months preceding that day, you have occupied as owner or tenanted land or premises in Berkeley

-Your principle place of work during the last 12 months is in Berkeley

 -You have resided during the whole 12 months in Berkeley or within 3 miles of it

Certain people are disqualified from standing, such as paid officers of the council, anyone declared bankrupt and those subject to recent sentences of imprisonment. 

How can I get involved?

Have a read through the document below and then contact the Town Clerk:

Email clerk@berkeley-tc.gov.uk Tel: 01453 511964 or visit the Town Hall Tuesday 9-1, Wednesday 10.30-12.30 or Thursday 2-4pm.

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Full Council Meeting Monday 21st September 7pm via Zoom virtual platform

The next meeting of Berkeley Town Council will be held on Monday 21st August 2020 via the Zoom Virtual Platform at 7pm. Details of how to join are on the agenda which is under 'Your Council'.

Members of the public are always welcome to attend a Council meeting and may discuss with Councillors any item of concern. The first thirty minutes of this meeting is set aside for this purpose, and while visitors are welcome to stay beyond that time, they are not permitted to participate in the business of the evening.

 

Notification of the period of public rights and publication of unaudited annual governance and accountability Return 2019/2020

Please see all related documents and 'A summary of your rights' under 'Your Council', 'Accounts' 2019/2020

 

BERKELEY TOWN COUNCIL OFFICES CLOSED

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE
Due to recent Government advice Berkeley Town Council have taken the decision to close the Town Council Office until further notice.
If you need any help or to speak to the Town Clerk the contact details are as follows:
Tel: 01453 511964
Email: clerk@berkeley-tc.gov.uk

If you need to speak to any of the Town Councillors contact details are below:

PHIL STEVENSON 07794 588304
JO SEALEY 07976 980579
QUENTIN SOMERSET 07971 040141
TONY TUCKER 07592 027177

 


PARK VIEW AND CANON PARK PLAY AREAS TO RE-OPEN ON SATURDAY 4th JULY

The Government recently announced that Play Parks could be re-opened on Saturday 4th July and produced guidance on how they can be managed while minimising the transmission risk of Covid-19.

Berkeley Town Council has carried out a Risk Assessment on both areas and is happy to announce that they can be opened.

There will be a professional wash, disinfect and rinse down of all the play equipment, benches and gates on Friday 3rd July, so we request that you do not enter the parks until Saturday when they will re-open. Please be sensible and act responsibly, the virus has not gone away.

Some of the Government guidance is not practical for a small town like Berkeley. For example, it is not feasible to provide stewards, arrange a booking system, creating waiting areas with barriers, provide cleaning equipment etc, so the Town Council has put together a set of guidelines which must be adhered to. They are displayed on the entrances to both parks and below, please do not enter the play areas until you have read the rules and are prepared to follow them:

Park View and Canon Park Re-opening guidelines


 

 

About Berkeley

Berkeley is an ancient English settlement, referred to in the Doomsday book as "Berchelai". Berkeley is the birthplace of Edward Jenner, the originator of vaccination, who in 1796 discovered the vaccine for smallpox. The Vicarage, Edward Jenner's home is now  Dr. Jenner's House Museum and Garden, you can still see the hut in the garden where he carried out his first vaccinations. The town is also noted for Berkeley Castle, the site of the imprisonment and gruesome murder of King Edward II in 1327. Berkeley is a neighbour to the site of Berkeley Power Station, the first commercial nuclear power station to enter service in the UK.

The town is located mid-way between Bristol and Gloucester on the south bank of the River Severn. The town sits on a hill, surrounded by marshland which forms part of the flood plain for the River Severn. The central area of Berkeley is a designated conservation area and includes many listed buildings.

Following the 1974 re-organisation of Local Government, the Parish of Berkeley regained its Town Status and its Mayor. Within these pages there is information about the Town Council and the facilities it provides. If you would like to find out more about Berkeley Town Council, please do not hesitate to contact the Town Council Office.