Structure of the Parish Council

The Clerk is the paid officer of the Parish Council and is appointed to deal with the day to day running of the Council, arrange and clerk meetings, maintain records, deal with correspondence, oversee the burial ground, maintain financial records of the Parish Council and a host of other duties to facilitate the business of the Parish Council.

The Chair and the Clerk draw up the agenda for the meetings,these are displayed on noticeboards in the village a minimum of three working days beforehand. The meetings are held on the second Tuesday of each month (except August) from 7.30pm in the Village Hall. At each meeting there is a period during which residents and public may raise comment through the Chair, preferably having given prior notice to the Chair or Clerk.

The Parish Councillors have a shared responsibility to represent the views and concerns of their parishioners. Residents and other members of the public may contact any Councillor or the Parish Council Clerk to discuss their views and concerns regarding parish affairs, these may be raised during forthcoming Parish Council Meetings if necessary.

The Election of Parish Councillors

Election of Parish Councillors occurs every four years. Candidates must be over 18 years of age and on the electoral role of the village (maintained by South Northamptonshire Council on an annual basis). A candidate will also qualify if, during the whole of the twelve months prior to the election, he /she has resided in the locality or within three miles of it, or occupied as owner or tenant any land or premises thererin, or had his/her principal place of work there. Election forms are available from the Clerk or South Northamptonshire Council. Each candidate has to find his/her own sponsor and seconder. All information relating to elections is displayed on the village noticeboards. All Parish Councillors must agree to the Code of Conduct and notify the Council of their financial interests locally.

In the event of a Parish Councillor resigning, a casual vacancy will occur. Unless ten electors request an election to South Northamptonshire Council, this vacancy can be filled by co-option. Anyone interested in filling such posts will see notices advertising the vacancy.

Parish Accounts

The Parish Council is empowered to raise a precept from local parish electors as part of annual rates charges collected by South Northamptonshire Council.

During November and December the Parish Council work out their financial requirements for the following financial year (from April to March), taking into account any reserves it may hold. The Parish Council must budget for the Parish Clerk’s salary and expenses, the cost of street lighting, maintenance of roadside verges, village greens, burial grounds, provision of newsletters, reports and other items provisioned by relevant national legislation. The Parish Council requests a sum of money to carry out these functions -the precept- from South Northamptonshire Council, who raises that sum in the Council Tax.

The formal accounts are maintained by the Clerk and routinely monitored by a designated Parish Councillor. Additionally and most importantly, the finances and overall operation of the Parish Council are scrutinsed annually by both a locally appointed auditor and an external auditor, the latter working directly under the authority of the national Audit Commission.

The accounts are available for inspection on application to the Clerk. The audited accounts are included in the annual report in April of the following year.

Parish Councilor

Keith Simmons

Chairman

Elected May 2021

I have lived in Eydon for a number of years, having moved with my wife, Angie, from Woodford Halse.

As I work based from home, I have a keen interest in the village and its surrounding countryside, and am determined that the Parish Council will do all we can to protect it from unsuitable development, whilst at the same time improving its amenities whenever possible.

Eydon is a great place to live and I want to play my part in keeping it that way and trying to involve as many other residents as possible to do the same.

My interests include local history, particularly railway history, railway modelling (member of Woodford Halse Model Railway Club), gardening, reading and travel.

Email: keith.simmons@eydon-village.co.uk

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Roddy Owen-Smith

Co-opted June 2023

Moved to Eydon in 2013, having aspired to for some 10-12 years.

Work for myself delivering Central Government Technical Transformation Programmes as a day job and enjoy cars and building stuff in my time. Not necessarily in the right order either…

Lucky enough to meet Sabine, buy our house in 2020 and marry in St Nicholas’ Church in 2021.

Eydon is unique, and deservedly so, and it is great to be part of just one of the many organisations that solely aim to keep it this way.

Email: roddy.owen-smith@eydon-village.co.uk

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Jonathan Walker

Vice Chairman

Elected 2021

By day I am a Project Manager working on major London Commercial Office schemes for some of London’s largest Property Developers.  At weekends and in any spare time I have I work with my long suffering wife Angela to breed pure pedigree Belted Galloway cattle (they are the Orio looking ones) on a 62 acre smallholding in the village called Dodds Manor Farm.  We have lived here since 2009 and feel a real passion for Eydon, its people, its buildings and its special sense of community.  We run a small shop selling a range of beautiful local goods, our home reared meat and a range of produce created on the farm.

Email: jonathan.walker@eydon-village.co.uk

Website: https://doddsmanorfarm.co.uk/

Steven Fox

Steven Fox

Clerk to the Parish Council

Steve has lived in Eydon with his wife, Lindsey and family since 2001.

His kids have grown up and left home and he retired in 2021. During his career he worked in Logistics, Construction Materials & Processes, Mergers & Acquisitions and for the Foreign Office.

Email: clerk@eydon-village.co.uk

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Howard Carter

Councillor

Co-opted September 2021.

Email: howard.carter@eydon-village.co.uk

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Kim Keeble

Councillor

Elected May 2021

Email: kim.keeble@eydon-village.co.uk

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Andrew Partridge

Councillor

Co-opted November 2022.

“I have lived in Eydon since 1995 and have seen many changes across that time.

Now part of the retired community it allows me to spend more time in and around the village and enjoy many of the amenities offered by its rural setting, primarily walking the many roads and paths that lead to and from the village.”

Email: andrew.partridge@eydon-village.co.uk