Future of Hogsthorpe Parish Council under threat

A PARISH council is in jeopardy of folding because no candidates are standing in the up coming local elections - endangering the opportunity for local views to be voiced.

Currently seven councillors sit in Hogsthorpe Parish Council but due to personal reasons all of these are standing down and no new candidates have been nominated.

Hogsthorpe Parish Council chairman Carolyn Bence said: “Parish councils give local people the chance to voice their concerns.

“Not many people are going to go to the district or county council but at the parish council you can voice your concerns to people who know the local issues and it would be in everybody’s interest to keep that in place. In the future parish councils are going to have more influence on local matters and without one, Hogsthorpe will miss out because there won’t be the apparatus for local feelings to be voiced.”

The present councillors will remain in place until the election on May 5 at which point East Lindsey District Council will work with the parish clerk to find more candidates.

An opportunity for prospective councillors to find out more about the process and register an interest in standing for the rescheduled election will be available at the Annual Parish Meeting on May 17 at 7pm in the Village Hall.

There is also a regular parish meeting on May 3 in the Village Hall, providing further opportunities for the public to see the kind of business discussed at such meetings.

Only three councillors need to stand out of a possible eight posts to make a quorum - the minimum number required to make a legal parish council in Hogsthorpe. If this is achieved the district council will hold a rescheduled election within 35 days of May 5.

Worthy initiatives spearheaded by parish council have seen the introduction of allotments around the village, improvements to the cemetery and lobbying the county council on highways issues.

To find out more about becoming a councillor visit www.beacouncillor.org.uk.