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Are you interested in supporting a local community whilst getting paid?

Vacancy: Coates Parish Clerk and Responsible Finance Officer.

4 Hours per week

Salary: National salary scale – £10.57 hourly plus daily homeworking allowance.

The clerk’s role is crucial, not only in supporting the council, but in ensuring that its business is done on time and in the correct way. It’s an interesting and varied role that combines some administration, with community engagement, setting policies and working with the rest of the council to ensure that the Coates village community is represented and served well.

The Parish Council comprises seven councillors.

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Coates Parish Council is seeking a Parish Clerk:

  • Able to work from home as required
  • Able to work on own initiative and in partnership with councillors
  • Able to prepare agendas and minutes
  • Appropriate level of knowledge of financial management (simple budget management and accounting) and general office administration including word processing and spreadsheet usage.
  • Suitable level of  literacy and numeracy skills
  • Appropriate training will be made available as required
  • A willingness to work evenings and additional hours if required.

The clerk will work from home but travel to periodic Parish Council meetings which take place in the Coates Village Hall and in delivering papers to councillors as necessary. Own transport is essential for which mileage is paid. A laptop and printer will be provided for Parish Council work.

If you are interested and want to know more, please contact Richard Harrison ( or Gilly Torry-Harris (

Applications should include an up to date CV and reasons for applying for the post and should be sent to the Chair of the Council, Richard Harrison –

Closing date for applications is 3 February 2020 with interviews taking place within the following 2 weeks.


Analysis of Parish Questionnaire Responses

Coates Parish Council has been considering whether to compile a Neighbourhood Development Plan since October 2016. Before embarking on this resource intensive activity, the Parish Council needed to understand parishioners’ attitudes to development and how they wanted their parish to change over the coming decade. In conjunction with a community outreach event in April 2018, parishioners were asked to complete questionnaires on these subjects.

The questionnaire analysis reveals that respondents were happy with Coates as a place. They felt safe in the parish and were generally satisfied with the facilities and services that are currently provided. Few people want Coates to change much over the coming decade. Any development should be limited to a small development of mostly affordable housing if it is to receive approval from all but a few respondents. Respondents want Coates in 10 years’ time to be little changed but that it is a lively, thriving village that appeals to younger people. There were however a number of things that the majority of respondents were enthusiastic about, to learn about these and to see the full questionnaire analysis clink on the link report