The Council

This section of the website describes Hankerton Parish Council: meetings, members and responsibilities, its ways of working and finances.

Hankerton Parish Council meets every two months from January onwards on the first or second Monday of the month at 7.30pm. Meetings take place in the North Aisle Community Area in Hankerton Church. Future meetings: 13 May 2019 (Annual  Meeting), 20 May (Annual Village Meeting), 1 July, 2 September, 4 November.

Meetings are open to the public and everyone is welcome to attend. The public can raise items directly at the meeting under item 2, Public Questions/Receipt of Petitions. No prior notification needs to be given.

There are seven members of the council. The current members were elected in May 2017 or co-opted afterwards:
Jill Kearsley (Chair)
John Thorne (Deputy Chair)
Shayne Smith
Robin Tjolle
Pam Walkinshaw
Alan Jackson
Dan Lydiate

Michael Bromley Gardner is the Parish Clerk

Councillor details

Members have the positions below for May 2018-19:
Footpaths – Pam Walkinshaw
Highways – Alan Jackson
Amenity Area – Robin Tjolle
Area Board – Pam Walkinshaw
Community Emergency Volunteer/Winter Plan – Dan Lydiate. Find out what to do in an emergency
Grants – John Thorne
Information Co-ordination – John Thorne
Patients Group – Shayne Smith
Flood Prevention – the Parish Council will be advised by David Pynn*
*not a parish councillor

At the meeting on 4 March Hankerton Parish Council:
• Agreed that the annual village litter pick is on Saturday 23 March
• Agreed to buy a defibrillator from the Community Heartbeat Trust for £1895; £1500 of the cost will be met by the Malmesbury League of Friends. This will be located in the phone box. No one had objected to the proposal to take the phone out of use. To supply electricity to the alternative proposal of the bus shelter wold cost £5900-£6500, plus VAT. It will cost £1 to adopt the phone box from BT. Training will be provided
• A Footpath Day will take place on Saturday 25 May, 10am

Minutes of Parish Council meetings:

4 March (agenda)
14 January

5 November
3 September
2 July
16 May 
Annual Village Meeting 14 May
5 March 
8 January

6 November 
4 September
17 July
15 May
6 March
9 January

7 November
5 September
4 July
16 May
7 March
4 January

9 November
7 September 
6 July
18 May
2 March
5 January

10 November
8 September
7 July
19 May
3 March
6 January

11 November
9 September
1 July
20 May
4 March
7 January

12 November
10 September
9 July
21 May
5 March
9 January

Minutes of earlier meetings are available through Michael Bromley Gardner, the Parish Clerk:

Hankerton Parish Council has adopted a Code of Conduct that parish councillors are expected to keep to.

The work of the council is steered by its standing_orders.

In accordance with the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 Hankerton Parish Council has adopted the Model Publication Scheme.

Occasionally vacancies arise and these are announced on the Parish noticeboard. There will not be an election to fill the vacancy unless 10 electors tell Wiltshire Council that they want one within a timescale laid down at the time. If there is not an election then the vacancy will be filled by co-option – this means the current Parish Council will appoint someone. The Parish Council will usually wish to find a volunteer.

Parish Councillors are required to register their interests.

In accordance with the Transparency Code for local government, full details of completed Parish Council annual accounts are published here:

2018 Account Statement
2018 Bank Reconciliation
2018 Exemption
2018 Governance
2018 Internal Audit
2018 Payments and Receipts Summary
2018 Variations

Website Area Manager: John Thorne