The Parish Council's April meeting has been rearranged again, to 27th April.
There has been much debate between the great and good of local government about what business can and cannot be conducted during the period of national mourning for HRH The Duke of Edinburgh.
Our rearrangement follows new advice from the National Association of Civic Officers (NACO) and National Association of Local Councils (NALC) :
‘there is an official period of mourning for eight days set out in the Government guidance. As a result these days should be excluded for calculation of time and any timescales that end in this period should be postponed until the first day after the period in accordance with section 243 of the Local Government Act 1972. We do not draw a distinction between national and public mourning.’
In simple terms, we are required to give 3 clear days' notice of our meeting, and we are unable to give notice of our meeting until the end of the mourning period.
Nottinghamshire County Councillor Boyd Elliott joined Woodborough Parish Council Chair Pat Woodfield to open the new permissive footpath in time for the Easter holiday. They were quickly joined by our first local walker and her beautiful dogs! Dogs are welcome on the new footpath but must be kept on a lead.
The footpath can be accessed from Charnwood Way. Please respect the residents’ privacy.
Woodborough Parish Council has agreed the following due to Covid-19 restrictions.
The Annual Meeting of the Parish, scheduled for Tuesday 27th April at 7pm, will go ahead on Zoom but as a Q&A session. Reports will be posted on WPC's website on 20th April and residents are invited to read these in advance so that they can raise issues of interest and concern with the Parish Council.
The Annual Parish Council Meeting - at which the Chairman for the forthcoming year is elected - has been pulled forward to Tuesday May 4th at 7pm. This decision has been taken as, to the best of current knowledge, the facility for remote meetings will end on May 6th.
Arrangements for meetings from June onwards will be reviewed in the light of Covid-19 numbers, and the evolving release from lockdown.
Everyone will benefit from Census 2021
Households across Woodborough will be asked to take part in Census 2021 this spring.
The census, run by the Office for National Statistics, is a once-in-a-decade survey that gives us the most accurate estimate of all the people and households in England and Wales. It has been carried out every ten years since 1801, with the exception of 1941.
Nottinghamshire resident, Leia Morales is the Community Engagement Manager for Gedling and has been working with Community groups and charities across South Nottinghamshire to raise awareness of the census.
She says, "Understanding the needs of the nation helps everyone from central government to organisations, such as councils and health authorities, plan and fund public services across England and Wales. Census outputs inform where billions of pounds of public funding is spent on services like transport, education and health – on cycle routes, schools and dental surgeries. "
Charities and voluntary organisations often use it as evidence to get funding. It helps businesses to understand their customers and, for example, decide where to open new shops. Plus, those doing research, like university students and people looking into their family history, use census data. It provides important information on population diversity, allowing organisations to know whether they are meeting their responsibilities and triggering action where necessary.
Census 2021 will be the first run predominantly online, with households receiving a letter with a unique access code, allowing them to complete the questionnaire on their computers, phones or tablets.
“The census provides a unique snapshot of our communities,” Iain Bell, deputy national statistician at ONS, said. “It benefits everyone. Based on the information you give, it ensures millions of pounds are invested in emergency services, mental health care, school places, hospital beds, houses, roads, GP’s and dentist’s services.
“No-one should miss out. Everyone can complete online with a new search-as-you-type ability and paper forms for those who need them.”
Census day will be on March 21, but households will soon receive letters with online codes explaining how they can take part. The census will include questions about your sex, age, work, health, education, household size and ethnicity. And, for the first time, there will be a question asking people whether they have served in the armed forces, as well as voluntary questions for those aged 16 and over on sexual orientation and gender identity.
Results will be available within 12 months, although personal records will be locked away for 100 years, kept safe for future generations.
For more information and advice on how to answer the questions, visit census.gov.uk.
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