Bardon Mill Parish Council
Bardon Mill Parish
Bardon Mill Parish comprises the hamlets of Bardon Mill (east of Chainley Burn), Beltingham, Thorngrafton, Scroggwood and Westwood. It is situated west of the Allen River and stretches north and south of the River South Tyne, extending north of Hadrian's Wall, beyond Broomlee Lough and south as far as Plankey Mill and Kingswood Common. The western boundary is mostly along Chainley Burn, which descends to the River South Tyne. It lies between Henshaw Parish to the west and Haydon Parish to the east.
The Parish Council as the most local form of government is closest to the electorate in that all councillors must live within or very close to the parish boundary. It meets four times a year and its meetings are normally open to the public. The council is responsible for functions like cutting grass around the war memorial, maintaining the bus shelter and public benches, commenting on planning applications that affect people in the parish and contributing to local events or organisations. Bardon Mill Parish is large by national standards, because it is such a sparsely populated area. There are just over 300 on the register of electors.
The rules and regulations for Parish Council Elections are included in the 1983 and 1985 Representation of the People Acts together with the Local Elections (Parishes and Communities) Rules 1986. The Electoral Administration Act 2006 includes details of how voting is carried out at the polling station and postal and proxy voting. These rules also explain the electoral timetable, combined elections, poll cards and co-option of members.
Parish councillors are elected every four years, or in the event that there are not enough candidates to contest all the seats, candidates may be appointed by the existing councillors. You may contact your parish councillor for information about the council, any of its functions, or to comment on its work. Please be aware of the limited responsibilities of parish councillors. You might well need to contact your local councillor representing you on Northumberland County Council. Currently this is Cllr. Alan Sharp.