April 2021 - Flipbook - Page 6
PARISH COUNCIL VACANCIES
nder the Coronavirus Act 2020 no elections or referenda can take place until
6th May 2021. The normal four-year term for parish councillors was due to
end on Polling Day on 7th May 2020 but this was extended by the government
for an additional year to 6th May 2021. A number of Brenchley and Matfield
Parish Councillors were unable to continue for a further year and submitted their
resignations. However, five Councillors have agreed to continue to work on behalf
of the community and the Council had hoped to co-opt new councillors from the
wider community during the next few months.
Under the Local Government Act 1972 a casual vacancy must first be
advertised by TWBC and Rule 5(2) of The Local Elections (Parishes and
Communities) (England and Wales) Rules, 2006 allows for ten local government
electors for the Brenchley and Matfield Parish to request the Returning Officer to
hold an election to fill the vacancy. If less than ten requests are received, a Parish
Council is allowed to advertise the vacancy within the community and co-opt a
councillor from applicants through its Co-option Procedure.
Notices were posted on 10th June 2020 to publicise each of the four vacancies
and responses were accepted up to 30th June 2020. It appears that ten or
more electors have requested an election for each of the four vacancies but,
under the Coronavirus Act, no election can take place before 6th May 2021. As
a consequence the Parish Council will be unable to either elect or co-opt new
councillors at this time.
Under its Standing Orders the Parish Council may appoint persons, other than
Council members, as non-voting members to any committee, except the Finance
Committee. The Parish Council is considering whether to invite members of the
community, if they feel they have the time, to contribute to the work of the Parish
Council during the next nine months. This would provide insight into the role of a
Parish Councillor and perhaps encourage prospective candidates for the election in
Brenchley Post Office
Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri 7am -5.30pm
Closed for lunch 1pm - 2pm
We do remind customers of the government
guidelines re social distancing etc as our shop
is so small. If it looks busy, please just wait
outside. We will serve you asap. Keep safe and
and we will update you with any changes.
he restaurant at The Poet will be re-opening from
Saturday the 4th July, and will be open every day
including Mondays with extended hours on Sundays until
Monday -Thursday 12-2pm and 6-9pm
Friday and Saturday 12-2.30pm and 6-9.30pm
We will offer Our Steak night On Monday evenings and
Tasting Menus on Wednesday and Thursday evenings. We will also continue
with our Takeaway services throughout July. Please check out the social
media pages for details of the menus on offer. Restaurant bookings can be
made online or by phone 01892 722416.
Open for Takeaway collection only until 4th July
Friday evenings 6pm-8pm
From 4th July our terrace will be open - we look forward
to welcoming you! For the most up to date information on our offerings/
opening hours please visit our social media accounts or pop by to have a chat
with us. Tel. 01892 724985
We are open for takeaways from 9am to 2pm from
Monday to Saturday for collection only.
Pre-order 01892 723303 or pop in and place your order.
From July 4th outside seating will be available. Our menu
can be found at www.grayscafe.co.uk
The Halfway House
e will continue operating our takeaway food and drinks for collection and
Monday-Friday 4.30-8pm Saturday 12-8pm Sunday 12-5pm
We will be opening our garden only from Saturday 4th July 12-10pm every day.
Food will be served:
Monday-Friday 12-2.30pm and 4.30-8pm
Check out our Facebook page for the most up to date information.
Christine King - 01892 722909