Starston Parish Council future hangs in the balance

Starston, Norfolk. Winter scenes of Starston ENGANL00120130121095801
Starston, Norfolk. Winter scenes of Starston ENGANL00120130121095801

Starston Parish Council has put out a plea for individuals to join the council, amid concerns it could fold completely if not enough people stand later this year.

The parish council is increasing its efforts to drum up interest ahead of the local council elections on May 7, after an article in the February parish newsletter said it could not confirm whether the four current councillors would all choose to put themselves forward again.

A minimum of three representatives is required for the council to continue as a governing body, and at least three must also be present at all meetings to form a ‘quorum’, which is needed to ensure any decisions made are binding.

Edward Libbey, chairman of Starston Parish Council, told the Diss Express: “I am just anxious to ensure we don’t get to a position by default.

“If there aren’t enough councillors in May, South Norfolk Council can take over, and I have expressed my concerns about South Norfolk Council in the past, in regard to certain planning decisions.

“I think we are probably not dissimilar to other parish councils in the neighbourhood.”

Last year, Cllr Libbey criticised the way district planners had dealt with an application to build a wind turbine at White House Farm in Cross Road, which gained approval.

Anyone who wishes to learn about representing the parish council can contact starston parishcouncil@yahoo.co.uk