Merchant Navy Day: The Mayor of Huntingdon, Cllr Karl Webb and the Vice Chairman of Huntingdonshire District Council Cllr Kevin Gulson laid wreaths in honour of Merchant Navy Day
Credit: Hunts Post
Mayor of Huntingdon, Cllr Karl Webb and Deputy Mayor Cllr Padrica Kennington 2021/22 (Credit Hunts Post)
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- Friday - 8.30am - 4.00pm
Please note, due to COVID-19, the Town Council offices are not currently open to members of the public. Officers are still contactable during normal office hours.
Vacancy on Huntingdon Town Council
Huntingdon Town Council currently has a Councillor Vacancy for East Ward which will be filled via Co-Option at the Town Council Meeting scheduled for Thursday 11th November 2021.
If you would like to stand for Co-option and you are over 18 years of age please download an Application Form and Criteria details below.
Closing date for all application 12 noon Tuesday 9th November
What is a Town Councillor?
Councillors are elected to represent an individual geographical unit on the council, known as a ward or town – in Huntingdon the entire parish is divided into wards. Councillors are generally elected by the public every four years, but there is a Co-option space available on the Town Council at the moment to fill the vacancy of Councillor Trish Shrapnel.
In accordance with Section 89(3) of the Local Government Act 1972, where the vacancy occurs within six months before the day on which the councillor whose office is vacant would regularly have retired, an election shall not be held under Section 89(1) of the above Act, and the vacancies will be filled at the next ordinary election of councillors on Thursday 11th November 2020.
What do councillors do?
Councillors have three main components to their work:
- Decision making - Through meetings and attending committees with other elected members, councillors decide which activities to support, where money should be spent, what services should be delivered and what policies should be implemented.
- Monitoring - Councillors make sure that their decisions lead to efficient and effective services by keeping an eye on how well things are working.
- Getting involved locally - As local representatives, councillors have responsibilities towards their constituents and local organisations.
These responsibilities and duties often depend on what the councillor wants to achieve and how much time is available, and may include:
• Going to meetings of local organisations
• Going to meetings of bodies affecting the wider community
• Taking up issues on behalf of members of the public
How much time does it take up?
Quite often councillors say that their duties occupy them for about an hour a week. Obviously there are some councillors who spend more time than this - and some less, but in the main, being a, town councillor is an enjoyable way of contributing to your community, and helping to make it a better place to live and work.
As a councillor representing your community you will help keep it a great place to live and work.
- You will be supported in your role and will be expected to undertake training.
- You should be comfortable working electronically.
- You should have a positive outlook and a can-do attitude and be willing to work as part of a team.
If after reading this notice you are interested in applying, please contact the clerk to the council using the above details.
The closing date for applications is the 12 noon Tuesday 9th November
Co-option Application (October 2021) (Word Document, 910 Kb)
Co-option Application 2021
Councillor Trish Shrapnel RIP
It is with the greatest sadness that we have learnt of Councillor Trish Shrapnel's recent passing. Trish was a dedicated and highly regarded member of Huntingdon Town Council, as well as a District Councillor for Huntingdon East.
During her time as a Councillor, Trish devoted herself to making positive and lasting change in Huntingdon. She was hugely passionate about her town and always went above and beyond to help, support and listen to others.
She will be hugely missed by her friends and colleagues at Huntingdon Town Council, but her legacy will live on through the projects she was involved with. Members and Officers express their deepest sympathies to Trish's family at this extremely difficult time.
Vi Merritt RIP
The last few days have been filled with sad news for Huntingdon Town Council, as we also learnt of Vi Merritt's passing. Vi was a longstanding, dedicated Cleaner and Caretaker at The Medway Centre with her husband, John. Following their retirement in 2015 after almost 20 years at the Centre, John and Vi have remained true and loyal friends of the Council.
Vi will be hugely missed by all who knew and loved her at the Council. Our deepest sympathy goes to Vi's family, and particularly to John, Vi's childhood sweetheart and husband of over 60 years.