Hersden is to get its own parish council next year.
Canterbury City Council says the move follows a public consultation which showed that the expanding former colliery needs its own voice on local matters.
The parish council will operate from the Hersden Neighbourhood Centre and will be immediately responsible for such things as maintaining the play area and the BMX track, grass verges, litter picking and street furniture.
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The creation of a Hersden Parish Council comes as part of the city council’s recent Community Governance Review (CGR).
A drive to recruit parish councillors is underway.
Cllr Ben Fitter-Harding, chairman of the cross-party CGR Working Group, said: “Parish councillors are there to listen to residents and represent their views, decide the parish council’s priorities, make decisions and use their knowledge of the area to influence the decisions made by others.
“All parish councils are consulted about planning applications made to Canterbury City Council from their area.
“And they can can also influence the city council’s approach to issues like flytipping, parking and waste collection and are part of its meeting dedicated to rural issues, the Rural Forum.
“Kent County Council also listens to parish councils around issues like speed limits, traffic calming and potholes as well as the other services it provides.”
To begin with there will be nine parish councillors. If 10 or more people are nominated to become parish councillors, an election will be held at the same time as the Canterbury City Council elections in May. If fewer than 10 people are nominated they will automatically become parish councillors.
Cllr Fitter-Harding went on: “Parish councils need people who are willing to give up their time and volunteer to be parish councillors. Meetings usually take place once a month.
“In return, they get the satisfaction of being able to make life that little bit better for the people living in their area.”
The new parish council will cover the original village of Hersden, Chislet Gardens and the areas of Chislet and Westbere. It will also include the homes proposed for Hoplands Farm, Hersden Colliery and, eventually, north Hersden.
The city council is in the process of calculating what the council tax precept for the new council will be.
A public information event on the new council will take place at the Hersden Neighbourhood Centre in The Avenue at 6.30pm on Tuesday, December 4.