Lingfield Parish Council shares the national sorrow at the passing of His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. He had a long life of loyal public service and support for the Queen. He was greatly admired for this and for his characteristic forthright and unstuffy approach to life. The Royal Family is very much in our thoughts at this sad time.
The meeting of the planning committee scheduled for 13th April has now been cancelled.
LINGFIELD PARISH COUNCIL
NOTICE OF VACANCY FOR
A PARISH COUNCILLOR
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN under Section 87 (2) of the Local Government Act 1972 that a casual vacancy has occurred in the office of Councillor for the Parish of Lingfield following the resignation of
Under Rule 5(2) of The Local Elections (Parish and Communities) (England and Wales) Rules 2006 it allows for ten electors for the Parish to request a by-election in order to fill the vacancy, if no such request is made the vacancy will be filled by the Parish Council through co-option.
Written requests for a by-election to be held should be sent to:-
The Chief Executive
Tandridge District Council
Station Road East
Oxted RH8 0BT
and must be received on or before 23rd April 2021
Dated: 1st April 2021
Lingfield Parish Council
Lingfield and Dormansland Community Centre
Lingfield RH7 6AB
Statement issued by Lingfield Parish Council Chairman Vivien Hepworth
I am issuing this statement in response to the criticism – and in some cases straightforward abuse - that has been posted on FaceBook about Lingfield Parish Council’s decision not to use volunteers for the silt removal at the Gun Pond. Much of the criticism is ill-informed and unjustified and some of it is defamatory.
Let me be clear: we have NOT banned the use of volunteers – we are grateful to every single person who has volunteered over many years to help with the pond and we look forward to them continuing to do so in the future.
What we have done is to decide, perfectly legitimately and sensibly, not to use volunteers for the extraction of silt from the pond. We have to ensure that any use of volunteers satisfies the terms of our insurance. We live in a litigious society and use of volunteers doing heavier, construction-type work whilst machinery is in use, is inherently risky. Added to this is the further complication of being required to abide by COVID regulations and having to provide a COVID secure working environment. On balance it was decided that it was more sensible to use specialist contractors for this element of the work.
It is very easy for people to level criticism at the Parish Council when they do not carry the responsibility. It is also unhelpful for people to mislead others about the use we are willing to make of volunteers.
There have been suggestions voiced on social media that members of the Parish Council have taken backhanders from contractors. These statements are not only categorically untrue but are, in fact, libellous.
For those that are unaware, parish councillors are themselves volunteers. Several have full time jobs as this is not a paid role so give up their free time to serve. I do not expect them to be vilified for trying to help out their community. Sometimes difficult decisions have to be taken and we don’t all agree all of the time but this does not justify inaccurate and offensive behaviour.
We all have a responsibility, when it comes to social media (or anywhere for that matter), not to take part in abuse or where others do so, not to inflame it further.
I would ask those who are posting messages on social media to consider carefully the points I make above. There is only so much abuse that people volunteering in public office are willing to take.
The next meeting of the parish council will be held by ZOOM on 9th April 2021 at 7pm. Please contact the clerk for information about how to join the meeting.
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