About the Council

All our councillors are volunteers, many having lived in the area for a long time and have a good understanding of the community and how changes to services impact it.

CHAIRMAN Councillor H O’Hare (South Ward)

Contact Details

34 Grange Road, Blidworth, Notts, NG21 0RN
Tel: 07971 787 553

Declaration of Interests

VICE CHAIRMAN Councillor K Hickenbotton (North Ward)

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14 The Quadrangle, Blidworth, Notts, NG210RQ
Tel: 07948 380 601

Declaration of Interests

Councillor H Catling (South Ward)

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15 Butler Drive, Blidworth, Notts, NG21 0QJ
Tel: 07887 907 448

Declaration of Interests

Councillor C Williams (North Ward)

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Rainworth, Notts,
Tel. 07902 398 687

Declaration of Interests

Councillor T Smith (South Ward)

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Southwell Road East, Rainworth, Notts.
Tel. 07510 263 454

Declaration of Interests

Councillor C Walsh (South Ward)

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Blidworth, Notts.
Tel. 07830 050712

Declaration of Interests

Councillor W Bates Jnr (North Ward)

Blidworth Parish Councillor

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‘Vanessa’ House, Mansfield Road, Blidworth NG21 0LR
Tel: 07973 488 963

Declaration of Interests

Councillor E Litchfield (North Ward)

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42 Belle Vue Lane, Blidworth, Notts, NG21 0RD
Tel: 07952 735 485

Declaration of Interests

Councillor G Fisher (South Ward)

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7 Dale Lane, Blidworth, NG21 0SA
Tel: 07501 933 002

Declaration of Interests

Councillor K Marlow (North Ward)

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Sherwood Avenue
51 Sherwood Avenue
Blidworth
Notts, NG21 0SX
Tel. 07534 443342

Declaration of Interests

Clerk To The Parish Council

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Clare Brettell, Clerk & Responsible Financial Officer
Blidworth Library, New Lane, Blidworth. NG21 0PW
Tel: 01623 490 358 or 07532 699 253
Email: blidworthparishcouncil@outlook.com

Parish Groundsman

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Paul Newman

Being A Parish Councillor

To understand what is involved in being a Parish Councillor you first need to know what a Parish Council is and what it can and can’t do.

What is a Parish Council?

A Parish Council is a local authority that makes decisions on behalf of the people in the parish and is the level of government closest to the community. Parish Councils are the first place that people go to with concerns or ideas and for this reason they are a vital part of any community.

Why become a Parish Councillor?

By becoming a Parish Councillor, you become somebody your community will look to for help, guidance and support, a community leader with the power to influence decisions for the benefit of the people you serve. Seeing your community change for the better, as a result of decisions you have helped to make, is something that can give you a sense of achievement and pride.

What decisions do Parish Councils make?

The most common areas that Parish Councils get involved in include crime prevention, planning issues and managing open spaces and village halls. It is fair to say that on their own Parish Councils have limited decision-making powers, but they do have the ability to negotiate with, and the power to influence, those organisations that do make final decisions, such as District and County Councils, health authorities etc. These authorities know that a Parish Council gives the best reflection of how a community feels about something and its views will be taken seriously.

How much time will it take up?

Parish Councils typically meet once a month (often excluding August) for the council meeting to which the public are invited. Meetings might last 2-3 hours, depending on the length of the agenda of items to be discussed. Some councils also have committees to deal with specific matters such as planning and finance. In addition to regular meetings councillors should also be prepared to attend occasional ad hoc meetings, for example with architects or agents concerning planning issues.

How long does a Parish Councillor serve for?

Once elected Parish Councillors sit on the council for a maximum of 4 years at the end of which they can stand for re-election if they wish. The next elections will take place in May 2023. The period of co-option will be until this time.

Interested?

Why not talk to your local councillors and find out what they think about the job. Alternatively contact the Parish Clerk on 01623 490358

Criteria

The applicant must be at least 18 years old
The applicant’s name must appear on the current register of the ‘Voters List’ or the applicant should during the whole of the twelve months preceding the relevant date resided in or within three miles of the parish or the applicant’s only place of work during the whole of the twelve months preceding the relevant date is in the parish.
The applicant must not be debarred from standing as a Councillor.