Councillor Terence Bawden was elected the new Chairman of Ecclesfield Parish Council on the 16 May 2019.
Well, what can I say? What an honour and a privilege it is to have been chosen as Chairman of Ecclesfield Parish Council within days of being elected a councillor. Although I have not been a councillor before I come with a wealth of experience in the community & voluntary sector.
For the first time in its modern history, Ecclesfield Parish Council is truly independent of party politics. Not only are 10 of the 15 councillors free of party politics, but strangely, as Chair, I am entitled to up to 2 votes. One during the normal vote and then one to break the deadlock. I believe it grossly unfair and so have waived my right to take the first vote when chairing council meetings. To me, democracy means we are all equal around the table!
2019-20 represents the 125th anniversary of this parish. As a result, I aim to build on the amazing work that has been carried out by our archiving project volunteers. Without them, so many documents and photographs would not be available to the wider public. They have been working hard behind the scenes and for that, I am truly grateful.
This year I aim to support the unsung heroes in our community. The ones who work hard to improve our communities in small ways. Larger groups and charities already get their voices heard; however smaller groups are overlooked. Often many of these community volunteers work with fewer than 5 members. Despite their size, they make a massive difference to the lives of the people they support. I am making it my mission to get these smaller groups to apply for parish funding. If we support smaller groups then they will continue to flourish; reaching out to even more people.
I run an open access policy. My telephone number and email address are listed below. Should you have any concerns you think either I or your local councillors can assist with then please feel free to either email your councillors directly, alternative contact me and I will act on your behalf, as necessary.
Cllr Terry Bawden