From spring 2019 Kennington will have a community council to represent local residents. Similar to parish councils elsewhere the community council will get involved in local issues and represent the best interests of residents.
Ashford Borough Council is looking for volunteers from those communities who can help to set up the community councils. The first elections to these two new bodies will be held in May 2019 but there is plenty of work to do before then, especially from now until October.
Ashford Borough Council is assembling a group known as a shadow council who can inform the establishment of the community councils. The group will include local borough councillors, representatives from existing community forums as well as local residents keen to take part.
The primary role of the shadow council is to put everything in place so that the community council is ready to hit the ground running from day one. Work includes budget preparation, policies and procedures, standing orders, financial regulations, complaints procedure, codes of conduct, insurance, training and parish clerk recruitment.
Anyone interested in assisting with the work of the Kennington shadow council will need to be able to commit around four hours a week, unpaid, and be available to attend meetings and training. They will need to be able to understand and give feedback on items like draft budgeting, policies and procedures and financial regulations. The role will suit enthusiastic and flexible individuals, who have excellent attention to detail.
If you want to put yourself forward for , please email legaLsupport@ashford.gov.uk no later than Friday 20 April. The first training session for the shadow councils takes place on Thursday 3 May and volunteers should be available to attend this.
Please include a brief summary of any relevant experience you have. If there are more applicants than places available, preference will be given to those who can demonstrate an interest or background in engagement with community issues and/or appropriate administrative skills. Organisational, communication and IT skills would be an advantage.