Coxhoe Parish Council - Ambitious and Aspirational
Mission, Values and Priorities
We feel that we are a very ambitious and aspirational council. By working in partnership with people who are committed to our villages we have achieved a massive amount in the last 10 years. We want to do even more in the next ten. Our mission is to deliver quality services to Coxhoe and Quarrington Hill.
We are committed to:
- listening to and responding to the views and needs of local residents and addressing their priorities;
- promoting local democracy;
- proactively working to improve our villages and the wellbeing of our residents;
- working in true partnership to maximise achievement and efficiency in service delivery;
- delivering and improving upon value for money; and
- continuous improvement in service delivery.
Coxhoe Parish Council's priorities are those of the communities and are found in the Parish Plan. We believe that if we continue to address the priorities that are set by our communities we will continue to achieve our Council's mission and values.
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What we do and where we are
Coxhoe Parish Council still has its offices at 64, Landsdownw Road but will be moving to Coxhoe Village Hall, Front Street, Coxhoe shortly. The Elected Members of the Council are largely residents of Coxhoe and Quarrington Hill, who carry out all work on a voluntary basis. While councillors can claim an allowance they choose not to in the Parish Council in order to serve the community better. The Parish Council currently has a paid Clerk, David Vasey, who works four days a week.
The Clerk administers the Council, dealing with correspondence and communications as well as the budget for the council. The council also employs people on a sub-contract basis for specific tasks i.e. grass cutting, supply and maintenance of the hanging baskets and maintenance of the village clocks which it had fitted to key buildings in the two villages to celebrate the Millennium. The council has an annual budget from income it largely receives from the council tax and this is used to pay for things in the villages regarded by the councillors as important to the community. It roughly costs £9.50 per head of population to run the Parish Council.
You should be able to find what you need to know about the Parish Council from our web site. If not please feel free to contact us by phone, post or email. If you would like to speak directly to the Parish Clerk you can contact David Vasey on 07988 283 287.
Postal correspondence can be addressed to:
David Vasey, Coxhoe Parish Council, Coxhoe Village Hall, Front Street, Coxhoe, Co Durham.
Alternatively you can contact David by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Opening times for Parish Council Offices
Please note that we have changed our opening times for the general public. In future we will not open on a Tuesday and Thursday morning. Instead we will be open for visiting members of the public on Wednesday between 9.30am and 12.30 pm and 1.30pm and 3.00pm. The office will be open between 6.00pm and 6.30pm on the evenings of Parish Meetings. Please note that the Offices will be closed on Wednesday 10th, 17th and 24th July 2013.
Parish Clerk contact details.
You can contact David Vasey, the Parish Clerk on 07988 283287 or by e-mail at email@example.com
Any postal correspondence needs to be forwarded to:
David Vasey, Coxhoe Parish Clerk, Earby Cottage, Newsham, Richmond, North Yorkshire, DL11 7QY
As indicated above, one of our roles as Parish Council is to promote local democracy. That is the reason why our council meetings are fully open to the public. You might want to get engaged in the work of the Parish Council and a way to do that is to become a local councillor. We particularly want to promote the engagement in public life or other activitys of those persons who by reason of age, disability, gender assignment, pregnancy or maternity, race, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation participation is normally disproportionately low.
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Equality and Diversity Statement
We want to ensure that everyone using our services is treated fairly and without prejudice or discrimination. We know that all of our customers are different. Our community is becoming more diverse. We want to celebrate and encourage this diversity and foster relationships between different people. We are committed to ensuring that no one is excluded from using our services and that all of our customers have the same opportunities to improve the quality of their lives and secure new life experiences. All customers regardless of disability, age, gender reassignment, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation should have equal access to our services yet all have different needs. We recognise this and we will do all we can to meet these.
The Parish Council is fully committed to meeting its responsibilities under the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 or Equalities Act 2010 and proving that we have. Should you feel that any of our policies or actions fail to meet our general duties please let us know in order that we can consider how we might address any failure and ensure that we minimise or remove completely any disadvantage that may be suffered.
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Comments, Compliments and Complaints
Coxhoe Parish Council wants to here your feedback. whether you are happy or unhappy with our services or you have any suggestions to how we might improve we want to here from you. From understanding your views we will learn and get better. If you have a complaint which is not resolved by your contact with the council then you can make a formal complaint. You can access our complaints procedure here.
Code of Practise - Handling Complaints.pdf
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