Parish Councillor Co-option Vacancy

BREAGE PARISH COUNCIL – Parish Councillor Vacancy


Breage Parish Council is seeking to co-opt a member to the Parish Council


The person co-opted must receive a majority of votes of those councillors present and voting at the meeting at which the co-option takes place. Parish Councillors are volunteers who give up their time to try and make the Parish a better place to live and work. They have a range of powers and duties over local facilities and make decisions, which affect Parishioner’s everyday lives. Councillors are not paid and have to abide by a local government code of conduct and declare a personal or prejudicial interest if they have an interest in any matter under discussion at a parish council meeting.

To appreciate what is involved in being a Parish Councillor you need to know what a Parish Council is, and what it can and cannot do. The Parish Council is nothing to do with the Church or the Diocese; nor is it a voluntary and community sector body. Your Parish Council is the local authority closest to the electorate. A Parish Council is a separate legal, corporate entity. First created by the Local Government Act of 1894 in most rural areas, the current consolidated legislation is that of 1972.

A Parish Council also provides services for the local people. These will range from recreation grounds and play areas, to cemeteries and allotments. What is provided is down to your Council. There is a list of the activities that a Parish Council has the power to provide. Like any statutory body it can only do the things for which the law or any governing document gives a power.

The Parish Council has one particular asset that is extremely valuable – it has the ability to set a Precept, (sum of money), which is collected from all residents through the Council Tax system. With the right to levy a form of taxation come some duties. In particular there is a duty to behave in an ethical manner according to a Code of Conduct (declaring interests and leaving the room when likely to be prejudiced) and a duty to have the annual accounts subjected to audit under the aegis of the Audit Commission.

Training is available and support will be found from colleagues and the Clerk to the Council.

All elected Councillors retire after a four year term, but casual vacancies may well arise in the intervening period. The next full elections will be in May 2017

To become a Parish Councillor you will need to be 18 years old or over on the day of your nomination and a British citizen, an eligible Commonwealth citizen or a citizen of any other member state of the European Union and meet at least one of the following four qualifications:

  1. be registered as a local government elector for the parish;
  2. have during the whole of the preceding twelve months occupied as owner or tenant, any land or premises in the parish;
  3. your principal or only place of work during the preceding twelve months has been in the parish
  4. have during the whole of the preceding twelve months resided in the parish or within 4.8 km thereof.

 Certain people are disqualified from becoming Councillors. You cannot be a candidate if you:

  • work for the Parish or hold paid office under the council which has the vacancy; or
  • are the subject of a bankruptcy restrictions order or interim order; or
  • have been sentenced to a term of imprisonment of three months or more (including a suspended sentence) without the option of a fine, in the past five years; or
  • have been disqualified under any enactment relating to corrupt or illegal practices.

You may have an issue about finding the time to undertake extra tasks; the council meets on the first Tuesday of each month for two to three hours and sometimes longer. You may feel uncertain about the knowledge required to be a Councillor and may feel overawed by those who have done the job for, what may seem to you to be, a long time. The simple question is the key to what is going on and all good Councillors should use the key word – “Why?” on a regular basis. Why not come a meeting to observe?

Should you be interested in this vacancy you must be sure you are eligible to stand and then formally make application to the Clerk giving some personal details: former work, interests, how long you’ve been in the Parish, why you wish to be a Councillor, etc. You are welcome to do this by E-mail. This should be done by Friday 14 August 2015.

Mrs Carol Macleod

Clerk to Breage Parish Council                                                        

 If you wish to contact the Clerk with questions about the vacancy please do so by Friday 7th August

on 01326 574781/07767165077 or



TENDERS are invited for a 3-year contract for the maintenance of

Breage Cemetery, Village Greens and Playing Fields to commence on   1 April 2015

        Tenders to be submitted by 4.00 p.m.

on Monday 23 February 2015

Further details and paperwork available from Mrs Carol Macleod, Clerk & RFO

Parish Rooms, Breage, HELSTON TR13 9PD

Tel: 01326 574781/07767165077


TENDERS are invited for a 3-year contract for the maintenance of

Footpaths and Bridleways in Breage Parish to commence on

1 April 2015

Tenders to be submitted by 4.00 p.m.

on Monday 23 February 2015

Further details and paperwork available from Mrs Carol Macleod, Clerk & RFO

Parish Rooms, Breage, HELSTON TR13 9PD

Tel: 01326 574781/07767165077

Carleen Village Pantomime Auditions

Auditions to be held
at Carleen Village Hall
for Next Year’s Pantomime of Dick Whittington


from 3.00 p.m. to 5.00 p.m.

We are looking for Men, Woman, Girls and Boys of all ages who would like to take part in a local Amateur Pantomime Production of DICK WHITTINGTON

Come and join a friendly bunch of troupers and have some fun


For further details please contact:

Tony Ackland 01736 762633 or Doug Polman 01736 763457




Breage Village Community Facilities Contribution

Breage Parish Council has received an S106 Community Facilities Contribution towards maintenance or improvement of community facilities in Breage Village.

This contribution comes from the Developers of Phase 3, Land adjacent to St Breaca Close, Breage, now called Penbro Way and Penbro Vean.

A request has been received from Breage Village Hall towards large repair and renewal work to the floor and walls in the Hall.

If you are a Group that is responsible for looking after buildings in Breage Village that are used for Community Facilities and are in need of maintenance or improvement and you wish to make a request for help from this contribution please make a written request containing at least two quotes for the required work to:

Mrs Carol Macleod, Clerk to Breage Parish Council, Parish Rooms, Breage, HELSTON, TR13 9PD or email

First residents move into their new homes in Breage

The first residents of a DCH housing scheme in Breage have moved into their new homes in Penbro Way.

Local people moved into their new homes in June. The prominently located site close to the village centre includes18 affordable homes for local people, 14 for rent and four for shared ownership as well as six open market homes. The first open market homes are due to complete in the coming months, when the new development will be fully occupied.

Richard Connolly, Group Development Director at DCH said: “We are delighted that our first residents have moved into their homes and are looking forward to welcoming more residents as they move in. We have been overwhelmed at the positive contributions from the local community toward this scheme both at the initial planning stages, through the challenging weather conditions this winter and now with the phenomenal sales interest and completions. “

The recently completed scheme has seen £317,998 investment from the Homes and Communities Agency. Rented properties were allocated to Cornwall Homechoice applicants in the highest band with a preference to those who have a local connection to the parish.

DCH has worked closely with Cornwall Council and Breage Parish Council to design and deliver a scheme which will meet identified local needs. The affordable homes are built to Level 3 of the Code for Sustainable Homes, which means residents should benefit further from reduced fuel and water bills.

Cornwall Councillor, John Keeling said:  “I am absolutely delighted with this very successful scheme that has helped so many local families into homes. The project had support both from the parish council and many local people who acknowledged the desperate need for homes in rural areas and particularly those of our young people. Local needs and affordable housing has always been a key priority for me and this well designed, well laid out scheme ticks all the boxes. Moreover, I have had very favourable comments from some of the first residents who recently moved into their new homes.”

Richard Connolly added: “DCH is offering a unique range of homes to local families. At Breage, new homes for both open market sale (including the Help to Buy product with a low deposit requirement); shared ownership (part rent and part buy) and for affordable rent (80% market rent inclusive of service charges) have been provided at this beautiful rural development.”

DCH will be celebrating The National Housing Federations’ Rural Housing Week next week which aims to raise awareness of the value of affordable housing in keeping local communities and villages alive and Breage is an example of DCH’s commitment to delivering rural housing where there is need.

Those interested in purchasing one of the new homes in Breage should contact the DCH sales team on or visit For information about registering with Cornwall Homechoice and bidding for a rented home please visit or call 0300 1234 161.