Clerk to Draycott Parish Council:
Mrs. Denise Wheat, Landline: 01538 723985 Mobile: 07812 056085
The clerk is a paid officer, also known as the ‘Proper Officer’, and is the Responsible Finance Officer of the council. The clerk takes the minutes of meetings, and collates reports and audits – but the clerk is not elected, and does not vote in council meetings.
The clerk is the first point of contact for the public, and can also pass on concerns to councillors.
NEWS / UPDATES / ANNOUNCEMENTS
If something important comes up, we will post an announcement. To see all the announcements over the last two years, in date order going from latest to earliest, click here
The council also announces important updates on its Facebook page
Parish Council Meetings are usually held on the 2nd Monday of each month (no meeting usually in August) at the Church Hall, Church Lane, Draycott in the Moors, but due to current restrictions all meetings are being held remotely on Zoom. All meetings commence at 7.30pm unless stated otherwise, and all residents and press are welcome. Find the Church Hall on Google maps here.
There is a public participation slot in the first fifteen minutes of the meeting where residents may ask questions of the council and some discussion may take place if needed – but greater concerns can then be registered for the following month’s agenda if a decision is required.
Councillors are unpaid; they are elected for four years at a time or, if elected at a bye-election, until the next general election. Vacancies occurring between elections are filled by bye-election (if requested) or co-option. Each year the councillors choose a chairman from among their number.
For list of serving councillors, click here
THE PARISH COUNCIL AREA
Draycott in the Moors Parish Council covers a semi-rural civil-parish area located on the line of the Roman Road through Staffordshire. It covers an area of 1,587 hectares and includes the semi-rural settlements of Cresswell and Totmonslow, and hamlets of Newton, Draycott Cross and Brookside.
See Draycott Council boundaries
If you live in Draycott-in-the-Moors, Totsmonlow, Draycott Cross or Cresswell, you will most likely come inside Draycott-in-the-Moors Parish Council’s boundaries.
To find out the council’s exact boundaries, use this map. Don’t forget to put your address in the ‘Zoom To Location‘ section, and then to click on ‘Parish’ in the ‘View Map Layers‘ section.
WHAT IS A PARISH COUNCIL?
A Parish Council / Town Council is the most local of all government authorities. The next tier up is the district council (Staffordshire Moorlands) and then the county council (Staffordshire). After that of course comes Parliament.
See our Links page for contact details of all your various representatives.
WHAT DOES THE PARISH COUNCIL DO?
Parish Councils have a number of formal powers, as well as responsibilities.
Many provide allotments, look after playing fields, play areas and village greens. They maintain and guard things such as rights of way, bus shelters, public seats, small scale street lighting, and often provide village halls and meeting places. A Parish Council can do these things by actually providing them itself, or by helping someone else (such as a charity or volunteers) financially to do so.
Among other things, Draycott Parish Council pays for the services of a part-time ‘lengthsman’, who keeps the public areas of the district tidy, and maintains the floral displays.
The council also uses the services of a litter-picker.
One of the most important things Draycott PC is working on is the drawing up of a ‘Neighbourhood Plan’, which is the result of consultation and co-operation with parish organisations, and input from residents.
Representation: Parish councils are also the focal point for local consultation on matters such as planning applications and the District Council’s strategic planning. The parish councillors know the village and can represent its views to other authorities such as District and County Councils. They are entitled to be consulted on planning applications and are often consulted on issues like schools and roads. They put the parish’s case at public enquiries.
Cost: Money is raised through the council tax for the parish council’s work. PCs get no general government grant, and so have every incentive to be economical. The accounts are strictly audited every year by an internal auditor and the Audit Commission. The audit is publicly available.
Parish councils have the power to improve the quality of community life by spending these sums of money on things which, in their opinion, are in the interests of the parish or its inhabitants.
Records: Draycott Parish Council has over 100 years of history, and was inaugurated in 1901.
The council’s older records – the minutes from 1907-1994 and the account-books 1895-1994 – are held at the Staffordshire Record Office.
Records since 1994 are kept by the Parish Clerk. Researchers should apply to her to see them. They are all on paper only, but can be photo-copied with permission.
FREEDOM OF INFORMATION
Draycott Parish Council has adopted the Model Publication Scheme – Freedom of Information Act 2000.
Access to all information held by the Parish Council (except items covered by the Data Protection Act 1998) is available for all electors to view by appointment at the parish clerk’s house. A charge is made for copies of documents.
If the information you asked for is not available, the named officer will tell you why.
If you believe that we have not dealt with your request fairly and cannot deal with it satisfactorily on an informal basis, you should follow our complaints procedure (copy available from the Parish Clerk).
If you have followed our complaints procedure and are still not happy with how we have dealt with your request, you may also contact the Information Commissioner to ask him to investigate the matter. You can contact the Information Commissioner at Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire SK9 5AF – phone 01625 545700 email: email@example.com
Please use our online notification services if you wish to be kept regularly informed of news and dates concerning parish council matters.
Just click the ‘Follow’ button in the top right-hand corner of this webpage for email updates, or click on ‘RSS Feeds’ if you prefer to use a ‘reader’ – both links are in the right-hand column of this page.
Or, see the latest reports of Draycott PC’s meetings here