The Parish councillors are:
Chris Clews (Chairman)
Mrs Terry Murphy
Contact the parish council
The council is made up of a maximum of five members . There are
elections every four years. If there are more than five candidates, an
actual election is called. If there are five or fewer an election is
not necessary. If positions become vacant, they are advertised. People
can be co-opted onto the council by its members.
It meets every two months. Agenda is posted in advance in the notice
boards. Minutes are similarly displayed. Usually the District and
County Councillors attend.
The main role of the council is to put forward the interests of the
people who live in Sambourne, based on experience, consultation and
opinions expressed to members and to act in what is seen as the best
interests of Sambourne village. The consensus is expressed by way of
approval or objection to for example planning applications. This is
conveyed formally to District Council - who may or may not find in line
with the recommendations.
Examples of what has been discussed in the past :
- Planning applications
- What can be done about speeding traffic
- The village appraisal
- The Coughton Festival (2004)
- The Studley Bypass
problems - sandbags, blocked drains, badly maintained ditches and
- How can more
people be kept informed as to what's going on - The Link, "fliers" etc
- The damage caused by horses walking on the green when it's saturated.
- Correspondence from various sources -
Stratford District Council
- Warwick County Council
- Bodies like CPRE, WALC etc
- The public - usually asking the council to help in some matter.
In May there is the annual parish meeting. The extent to which the
issues affect Sambourne range from very little to greatly. It is
apparent that the attendance by the public is much greater when they
feel directly affected - for example, the Studley bypass - or else
expect to see a "bun fight" - for example, issues relating to the
Sambourne Trust. We would welcome more people attending. We are
discussing matters which relate to where they live...It would also add
to the width of the debate!!!
The parish council actually has very little power! However, it can draw
up bye-laws. Quite what the scope covers or how the process works is a
mystery. No one can remember it happening in recent history.
In accordance with the Transparency Code reports concerning the council's accounts are lodged as follows:
Annual Governance Statement
Certificate of Exemption2019
Notice of Public Rights
Internal Audit Statement