Parish and Town Council advisory

I am a freelance consultant with the Leicestershire & Rutland Association of Parish Councils, supporting and advising clerks and council members.

My previous work has included guiding and supporting a new council, managing recreation grounds, allotments and cemeteries, steering neighbourhood planning groups, applying for grants and creating community resilience plans.

I compile reports, business plans and strategic documents for submission to other local authorities.

I also advise on using social media to engage with communities, protecting and developing local heritage assets and operating community-managed libraries.

VE Day 75

Parish and Town Councils are already planning to mark the 75th anniversary of VE Day.  

The three day international celebration, which will begin on 8th May 2020, will include specific events to remember the commitment and sacrifce of men of the merhcnat navy and the vital roles taken by women during World War II.

How accessible is your website?

This year, council websites will need to be fully accessible to people who use assistive technology.

In 2018, the government introduced regulations which apply to all local council websites.  Many will need to be compliant by September 2020.

Checking for compliancy could be costly, so the Government has published guidance to help councils check their own websites.

Link to the Government's 'Doing a basic accessibility check'

Don't lose your way

The Ramblers organisation is calling on people to save historic paths from being forgotten and lost.  

Thousands of miles of public footpaths, some very ancient, are unrecorded. If they are not mapped by 1st January 2026, they may be lost for ever.

If you know of a path which is rarely walked or not signposted, please contact the Ramblers through their website.

Climate Emergency Toolkit

A Climate Emergency Resources Toolkit is now available for parish and town councils wishing to take practical steps.

It's been designed by Bath & North East Somerset Council with the support of the National Association of Local Councils.  It is free to use.

The Strange Death of the Public Place?

Planners say open spaces are important, but how should we use them?  How much control should there be over our squares precincts and market places?

Our market places have always been controlled by legislation to protect the public, but how much control is appropriate?

Link to article on Spiked Online

Looking to the stars

Our National Parks are preparing for this year's Dark Skies Festival. 

There are many imaginative and creative events planned for the seventeen-day festival, including galactic gtreasure hunts and romantic walks on Valentine's Day!

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