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Job Vacancy- Clerk Adrian Birch 2022-01-30 18:31:16

Creech St Michael Parish Council

Vacancy for a Parish Clerk and Responsible Financial Officer (RFO)

We have appointed an Assistant to the Clerk however, due to our Clerk and RFO leaving we are looking to appoint a new Clerk and RFO. This is an exciting opportunity for a community minded and motivated individual, with relevant experience, to undertake this interesting and varied post supporting, with the help of an Assistant to the Clerk, a highly ambitious and active parish council, that has recently undergone changes.

Creech St Michael is a village situated on the edge of Taunton. The Parish Council is actively engaged in all issues affecting its residents including imminent, large-scale housing and commercial land developments. The Council has several sub-committees and panels reporting into it and the CSM PC has the benefit of an in-force Neighbourhood Plan.
We are seeking a Parish Clerk and RFO with relevant experience, working positively with an Assistant to the Clerk, alongside the Parish Councillors to help implement the parish projects, and to ensure that all key legal, financial, and other governance requirements are met.

The successful applicant will either hold, or be willing to give a commitment to obtain, the Certificate in Local Council Administration. Previous experience would be advantageous.

This is a part-time role working from home at an average of 80 hours per month, which will involve attending occasional evening and daytime meetings in Creech St Michael and therefore flexibility on the number of hours worked each week is a must. Any training will be paid for and in addition to the contracted hours. The position is graded at LC2 SCP 18-23 depending on qualifications, 2021 award pending. Mileage allowance, working from home allowance, mobile phone and laptop will be supplied.

How to apply
Please contact the Chairman of the Parish’s Staffing Committee by email, neil.davidson@creechstmichael.net  for a copy of the Job Description and an informal discussion around the role. A formal application will then be required.


SWT approves new litter enforcement scheme Adrian Birch 2022-01-30 17:16:37

News Release

25 January 2022

SWT approves new litter enforcement scheme

Somerset West and Taunton (SWT) Council has approved a new enforcement scheme to help keep its streets and public spaces free from litter.

The new scheme, which was adopted unanimously during last Wednesday’s Executive meeting (19 January 2022), will permit litter enforcement operations to be carried out by EH Commercial Services (EHCS) from 1 April 2022 as part of a 12-month trial with East Hampshire District Council.

SWT’s Executive Councillors voted unanimously to adopt the scheme, agreeing that ethical enforcement delivered through an established public partnership was considered the most cost-effective option.

The agreement will enable the recruitment and deployment of two new Environmental Enforcement Officers through EHCS with delegated authority to issue littering fines throughout SWT’s urban and rural hotspots. EHCS is a for public benefit company wholly owned by East Hampshire District Council, which specialises in ethical enforcement services for local authorities in the south of England.

Not only is littering illegal and antisocial, it consumes considerable council resources. Keeping the district clean through litter removal and mechanical sweeping costs the Council circa £1m a year. Furthermore, the environmental impact from discarded litter often leads to clogged stormwater drains resulting in flooding after heavy rain, or it can enter rivers, canals and the sea, threatening aquatic ecosystems.

To avoid prosecution, anyone issued with a Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN) for a littering offence will be charged at £100, which will be discounted to £80 if paid within fourteen days of the date of issue. Payments will be taken by SWT, with administrative functions including the processing of FPNs, handling of complaints and appeals also managed by EHCS.

The officers will be familiarised with SWT's safeguarding procedures, ensuring FPNs are not issued to vulnerable adults or individuals under the age of 18. Body cameras will also be worn to protect themselves and members of the public.

The enforcement scheme supports a new Litter Strategy which was also adopted during Wednesday’s meeting. The strategy aims to reduce litter more widely through the provision of strategically sited and frequently serviced bins to facilitate ease of disposal, and public education to encourage positive change.

Both the strategy and enforcement scheme adheres to the Government's 2017 Litter Strategy for England, encouraging local authorities to improve their environments with appropriate and proportionate enforcement. They also support the Council’s corporate commitment towards maintaining litter-free environments.

Executive Member for Environmental Services, Cllr Andy Sully, said: “Tackling litter at source through good infrastructure combined with proportionate enforcement will help change the behaviour of people who feel it’s acceptable to drop litter.

“However, rest assured the adoption of the enforcement aspect is not a money-making exercise but intended rather an effective deterrent in the fight against littering which is a criminal offence. The revenue gained will be used to fund the service and any surplus made must, by law, be reinvested into environmental activities by the Council.”


Editor’s Notes


Matt Auty

Communications and Engagement

Somerset West and Taunton Council


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