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30th June 2022





PUBLIC NOTICE is hereby given that ONE VACANCY has occurred in the office of Councillor for the Westbury  Ward and Westbury Parish Council intends to co-opt.


You can stand for Councillor you are over 18 and meet one of the following criteria:

  • you are registered as a local government elector for your area, or
  • you have lived in the area for at least 12 months, or
  • been a tenant or landowner for at least 12 months, or
  • your main or only place of work has been in the area for at least 12 months
  • you have during the whole of the last 12 months resided in the community or within 4.8 km of it.


About Your Parish Council The role of your Parish Council is to work towards improving the well-being of its community and provide services at the most local level. They work to represent their local community, deliver services and strive to improve quality of life. Westbury Parish Council provides services, such as:

  • Maintaining Play Areas in Westbury and Yockleton.
  • Maintaining Playing Fields in Westbury and Yockleton.
  • Maintaining the Remembrance Clock in Westbury Church.
  • Street Lighting.
  • Crime reduction.
  • Consulting with Shropshire Council on many issues such as safety and condition of roads and road signs, litter bins, planning applications and flooding.


Councillors attending bimonthly meetings make decisions on the works and direction of the Council, this means deciding where money should be spent, what services should be delivered and what policies should be implemented. They are the voice of the people, representing the view of the people on bodies that affect the wider community such as the Police and Shropshire Council.

If you are interested in being a Parish Councillor then please contact the Clerk for further information and an application form. All completed applications must be received by 16th September 2022.


All candidates are welcome to attend Parish Council Meetings, which are held on the second  Monday of the  month when meetings take place. Details can be found on our website.

This notice is dated the 30th day of June 2022

Sarah-Jane Smith, Clerk to the Council


The Cart Barn, Worthen, SY5 9HT   01743 891438

During normal working hours only on  Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday.

Email: clerkwypc@aol.com   Website:  www.westburyparishcouncil.co.uk

23rd May 2022








that a casual vacancy has occurred in the office of Councillor for the Westbury Ward of Westbury Parish Council, following the resignation on 12th May 2022 of Councillor Robert Willliams


Rule 5(2) of The Local Elections (Parishes and Communities) (England and Wales) Rules, 2006 now applies.


The rule allows TEN ELECTORS for the parish [ward] in which the casual vacancy has arisen to request the Returning Officer to hold an election to fill the vacancy.*  That request must be made within FOURTEEN DAYS, calculated in accordance with the rules,** of the date of this notice.  The fourteen-day period ends on 14th June 2022.



What if a request to hold an election is not received during the permitted time?


Rule 5(5) of the above Rules will apply.  The Parish Council must, as soon as practicable after the expiry of the fourteen-day period, co-opt a person to fill the vacancy.


The Returning Officer’s address is:


Electoral Services, Shropshire Council,

The Shirehall, Abbey Foregate, Shrewsbury, Shropshire SY2 6ND



The telephone number for further guidance is 0345 678 9015.



This notice is dated 23rd May 2022.


S J Smith, clerkwypc@aol.co.uk






*           There is no form of words for this request, which might simply be a letter headed with such words as “We the undersigned being electors for the [Ward of] … Parish, call for an election to fill the vacancy arising from the [death][resignation] of …”.  A template entitled “Request for an Election” is available to download from Shropshire Council’s website – www.shropshire.gov.uk - under “Current Council Vacancies”.  It is helpful if the ten signatures are accompanied by printed names and addresses. 


**          In calculating the notice period, day one is the day following the date of this notice; a Saturday, Sunday, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Good Friday or a Bank Holiday or day appointed for public thanksgiving or mourning shall be disregarded, and the period closes at midnight on the fourteenth day after the date of this notice. Rule 5(2) of The Local Elections (Parishes and Communities) (England and Wales) Rules, 2006 now applies.

14th April 2022

Following the first Direct Debit run, Shropshire Council have now processed the first batch of energy rebate payments for just under 39,000 households in Shropshire. The BACS payment run means these payments will appear in bank accounts this week and total £5.8 million. 


The finance team will be e-mailing recipients this week (or sending a letter where we do not have email addresses) to explain eligibility criteria.


As the Council Tax System is designed for income collection, not payments, there are expected to be some payments that fail for one reason or another. The team will be processing the next instalment date (7 April) for another payment file next week and also sweep up as many of those that have failed the automated match from the first run.


The FAQs Energy bills rebate | Shropshire Council on the webpage to be updated once the payment file has been sent.


Shropshire Council are working through this process, and will ensure everyone eligible gets their rebate within the allotted time period, 1 April 2022 to 30 September 2022.


There is an e-mail address energy.rebate@shropshire.gov.uk where everyone should direct any queries.

13th April 2022

House of Lords Call for Evidence – Lifting the veil: Removing the invisibility of Adult Social Care


‘The House of Lords Adult Social Care Committee was established in 2022 to consider how to improve the planning and delivery of adult social care services in England.

The committee has launched a major enquiry, ‘Lifting the veil: Removing the invisibility of adult social care’. They want to hear from carers as well as individuals who use social care services.

The call for evidence has a section for family and unpaid carers to give their feedback on 7 questions relating to support that would make a difference for carers, including support to remain in or start paid work if they wish to do so and how carers’ wellbeing and resilience can be supported.

The questions and how to provide feedback can be found here

The deadline for submissions is 27 May 2022.


If a family and unpaid carer would like to take part they can either:

  • Respond individually through the link above, or
  • Send feedback to Margarete Davies, Shropshire Carers Manager and Carers Lead, to collate and send an amalgamated submission. Deadline to receive the feedback for amalgamation before submission is Wednesday 11 May 2022. Please email: Margarete.Davies@shropshire.gov.uk   ‘

Call for Evidence - Committees - UK Parliament

Call for evidence





31st March 2022

Shropshire Council is urging billpayers to set up a Direct Debit to pay their council tax, to ensure those who are eligible get their £150 energy rebate payment as quickly as possible.

The energy rebate scheme was recently announced by the Government to help people with rising energy costs. This includes those who already receive assistance in paying their council tax bill through local council tax support.

All eligible households in England in council tax bands A to D will get the £150 payment from the council from April this year.

Energy rebate infographic

Energy rebate infographic

Around 73% of households in Shropshire pay their council tax by Direct Debit, and those who qualify will receive the payment into their bank account without needing to take any action.

However, that leaves around 36,000 households who do not pay by Direct Debit who will need to go through a claims process to get their rebate, which is likely to take longer.

Council taxpayers wishing to set up a Direct Debit for council tax should visit the council’s webpage (https://shropshire.gov.uk/council-tax/pay-your-council-tax/ ). To reduce the risk of fraud, the Government have suggested that the council wait until their first council tax instalment has been collected by Direct Debit before issuing the energy rebate.

For those who are not eligible for a rebate but are struggling to meet the costs of rising energy bills (including those who live in properties that fall into council tax bands E – H), a discretionary fund is also being launched by the Government and made available through councils.

The council is currently working on a discretionary fund scheme, but payments will be easier and faster for those with Direct Debits in place.

Gwilym Butler, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member for finance and corporate resources, said:-

“We know that things are difficult at the moment, which is why we want to make sure that you get your energy rebate as quickly as possible.

“The best way to do this is to pay your council tax by Direct Debit. Not only will it help us to speed up your payment – it is also a much easier way to pay your council tax.

“If you can’t, you will still get your rebate and we’ll be letting you know how you can claim it shortly.”

Those unable to go online and who need help in setting up a council tax Direct Debit can contact the council by calling 0345 678 9002.

A household’s council tax band is shown on their council tax bill. Alternatively, people can check their band by entering their postcode on the Valuation Office Agency website (https://www.gov.uk/council-tax-bands ).


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