Kendal Town Council

Town Clerk
37.0 hours per week
Salary: New SCP 37 – 41 (£39,782 – £43,662 – Subject to National Pay Settlement – Pending)

Kendal Town Council, a forward looking, proactive Council, is looking for a first class Manager to undertake the duties of the post of Town Clerk based at the Council’s offices at Kendal Town Hall.

The Clerk to the Council will act as the Proper Officer of the Authority, and as such, will be required to ensure that all legal, statutory and other provisions governing or affecting the running of the Council are observed.

Excellent verbal, written and inter personal skills are essential, as is a knowledge of local government procedures.

Please follow these links to access further details:

To apply for the position please forward, to office@kendaltowncouncil.gov.uk,  your Curriculum Vitae and Application Letter detailing your experience as relevant to the position as described.

Closing date for receipt of applications is Friday 10th July 2020 at 9.00am.

During this time of Covid-19 restrictions the receipt of applications and invitation for interviews will be through email only.

Invitations to attend interview will be forwarded by Wednesday 15thJuly 2020. If you do not receive a response to your application by this date please assume you have been unsuccessful on this occasion.

Interviews will be held on Monday 20th July 2020.

We look forward to receiving your application.

Yours faithfully,

 

Cllr S.J. Coleman

Chair of Management Committee

Kendal Town Council

Members of Kendal Climate Change Citizens’ Jury have now been agreed following a four-week recruitment drive with 4,000 letters sent to randomly selected addresses across Kendal and 250 replies received. The twenty strong Jury has been chosen to reflect the diversity of Kendal’s population in terms of age, gender, attitudes to climate change and geography.

 

Cllr Eamonn Hennessy from Kendal Town Council said: “We have been astounded by the response to the recruitment drive, with registrations of interest coming from all corners of the town and from people of all ages. After so much planning and campaigning to make Kendal the first ever town to host a Citizens Jury on climate change, it feels fantastic to finally have this exciting and innovative process underway.  I for one am looking forward to following the jury’s progress throughout.”

The first of nine sessions start on Thursday (2nd July) when Jury members will get to meet each other for the first time at an online meeting hosted by Shared Future, a not-for-profit social enterprise. The jury members will get to listen to and question a range of expert commentators before creating a set of recommendations which will be presented in October to the Town Council and other key organisations.

Businesses, residents and visitors are encouraged to follow this important and influential group as they debate, discuss and consider the question ‘What should Kendal do about the emergency of climate change?’. A dedicated website – https://www.kendalclimatejury.org/ – is launched this week which will allow members of the public access to recordings of presentations made to the jury by a range of expert commentators throughout the process. The first three experts have been selected to set the context for the jury, but after that the group will steer the sessions and identify the topics they wish to explore in their fortnightly meetings. Details of the jury’s developments will be shared via the website and social media as they evolve throughout the process.  The website also offers information on what a Citizens’ Jury is and how the process has worked in cities around the UK. It will be regularly updated and will record the recommendations made by the Jury after they’ve been presented to Kendal Town Council and partners in October. Following the process, the website will be kept updated with the actions made based on the recommendations.

Cllr Jon Owen from Kendal Town Council said: “The Crowdfunder campaign proved just how important climate change is to Kendal’s community. We urge businesses and residents alike to join us on this journey by keeping up to date with the jury as it progresses. Between now and October we will be sharing commentator presentations, interviews and summaries of jury sessions via our new website and Facebook page. Everyone has a part to play in ensuring the recommendations are responded to, so make sure you stay informed.”

Funding has come from the Town, District and County Councils and 181 local people who contributed to a Crowdfunder campaign which raised over £6,000.

For more information visit the https://www.kendalclimatejury.org/ or follow Kendal Citizens’ Jury on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/KendalCitizensJury/

Date: 30 June 2020

In partnership with the Waste Into Wellbeing initiative, Kendal Town Council are encouraging allotment holders to donate surplus produce.

Donations can be dropped off at Outside In on Beezon Road (LA9 6EL) on Thursdays between 2pm and 3pm and Sundays between 11am and 12am.

For more info read this overview of the project from Waste into Wellbeing.

 

Kendal’s much loved Unity Festival will still be taking place this year despite current restrictions. Please open THIS POSTER for more info and or check out the teams Facebook Page via Kendal Unity for details of online activities before the Festival itself takes place on Saturday the 20th. More details here.

South Lakeland District Council (SLDC) has backed a national campaign to encourage people to look after mental wellbeing during the Coronavirus outbreak.

The ‘Every Mind Matters’ guide has been developed in partnership with clinicians, academics and leading mental health charities and offers authoritative and evidence-based practical support.

SLDC have funded the printing and distribution of 16,000 copies of the guide to support local people.

To download a copy please follow this link.

The Kendal Integrated Care Partnership have also published an update available here.

17th April 2020

The following posters outline help and advice for staying safe, abuse concerns, emergency support and advice for parents regarding Coronavirus in Children. For current government advice please follow this link.

 

13th April 2020

Please follow this link to access the second edition of CCC’s regular newsletter which aims to provide information, advice, guidance and details of useful contacts during these challenging times.

The newsletter includes:

  • Support information for vulnerable people
  • SLDC updates re bin collections and business grants
  • Scam warnings
  • Support information for local support groups
  • Transport information
  • Food and shopping information
  • Business and benefits updates
  • Cumbria Youth Alliance and Active Cumbria updates

Current information is available on the Cumbria County Council website at cumbria.gov.uk/coronavirus/landingpage.asp.

Local Government Information

Useful links:

Please note that Cumbria County Council has now temporarily closed all of its buildings to the public and will no longer provide non-essential ‘face to face’ services.

Alternative contact can be made online by visiting www.cumbria.gov.ukor by phone, call 01228 606060.

10th April 2020

Kendal Town Council Committee and Council meetings are set to continue via teleconferencing now Government has enacted the required legislation to enable these to be undertaken remotely.

We are keen to continue to have our meetings via teleconferencing and maintain the democratic process. However, we are mindful of the current situation and meetings will only be held where decisions are needed. If they are not held, update reports will be produced and placed on our website. Where meetings are held, agendas will continue to be published on our website available here. 

The next meeting being held is Management Committee on Monday 20thApril at 7.30pm. As previously advised, Planning Committee is already operating remotely on the first and third Monday of the month.

Our meetings continue to be open to public participation. This will be achieved either through joining in with the teleconference meeting or via prior correspondence which can be communicated at the meeting. Both can be arranged direct with the Town Clerk, Liz Richardson by contacting her at clerk@kendaltowncouncil.gov.uk.

Chair of Management Committee, Councillor Stephen Coleman, said “Setting up virtual meetings is a new area for us.  We feel that it is important to keep democracy going during these very difficult times and ensure that decisions are made by elected members as much as possible.”

9th April 2020

Cumbria County Council are leading and co-ordinating a range of activities to support those in need across Cumbria. The help provided by local communities has been, and continues to be, extraordinary. Kendal Town Council extends its thanks to all for contributing to this massive effort.

CCC Update

Community and Business Response

We have been really heartened, but not surprised, to see our communities across Cumbria respond with such resilience and strength to the ongoing and fast developing situation. Since the outbreak began, over 300 formal and informal community-based groupings have swung into action, working alongside charities, to support others in their communities. In addition local small businesses have come to the fore providing doorstep deliveries of food, ready meals and essential supplies, which means more people can self support keeping themselves and others safe.

CCC Emergency Support Helpline

It’s been just over a week since Cumbria County Council and partners launched an Emergency Support Helpline for vulnerable or isolated people in need of urgent help. The emergency helpline has already taken over 1,000 calls, receiving around 200 calls a day but seeing slightly less on weekends. The helpline exists to provide support to people at ‘high risk’ who aren’t able to rely on neighbours, friends or family members, and may be struggling for food, medicines or other essential supplies. The requests for help are matched with local support which is being offered by a network of community groups, volunteers, redeployed council employees, and local businesses.

The telephone call centre operates Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm and 10am to 2pm at weekends. The service also accept referrals from members of the public who may be concerned about people in their community. Over the Bank Holiday, Friday 10 April to Monday 13 April, the service will operate between 10am to 2pm.

Welfare Coordination Hub

Voluntary and Community Groups right across Cumbria have stepped up to the challenge of ensuring their communities are supported effectively during this time. At least 300 voluntary groups are now working hard to support the most vulnerable in their communities, who have no other support network, to ensure they receive assistance with grocery shopping and pharmacy orders. The county council will continue to work alongside these groups, providing advice and guidance, and as a broker to ensure they are able to take up offers of help from local businesses, make connections with food providers or support with grant applications.

Proactive letters and Calls – Shielding and High Risk

Additional efforts are also underway to make sure isolated people, and those who may be ‘offline’, are hearing about the service. This week, the county council will write to a targeted group of residents in the NHS ‘shielding’ category, and those who are classed as extremely vulnerable, to make them aware of the helpline service. This will be supported with an SMS (text message) and a leaflet drop across local communities.

Members of the public, volunteers and local businesses can also help spread the word and download a pack of useful resources to print and share at www.cumbria.gov.uk/coronavirus.

Shielding

The government is providing a weekly free food parcels as part of its “shielding” strategy. In Cumbria 10,000 residents should have received letter from the NHS informing them of the steps that they should be following and they will be advised to register their needs. If they aren’t able to register online, they can call the national number 0800 028 8327.

4000 people in Cumbria have registered with the NHS Shielding service  The Government are working with pharmacies to help them deliver medicines and prescriptions. Food parcels will be delivered to their door directly as arranged by Government. Approximately 400 free food parcels (per week) have been delivered in Cumbria.

Going forward, the Government’s intention is that the on-line information pages on where vulnerable people can seek help will become more sophisticated, allowing key data about these individuals to be captured, which will assist in developing support with food retailers and the supermarkets to enable people in this group to be prioritised for delivery and ‘click and collect’ services. For anyone who has been advised to shield and HAS NOT received their free food parcel and needs urgent food,  Cumbria County Council has been allocated a small supply, just in excess of 100 basic food parcels, to be allocated out on an emergency basis. The way to access these emergency parcels is 0800 783 1966 or email COVID19support@cumbria.gov.uk.

In addition any contacting the helpline who doesn’t have friends, family or other support will be connected with local volunteers, community groups or statutory agency support, if required.

NHS Volunteers – GoodSAM

GoodSAM is an app that has existed for a number of years, and it was developed to allow members of the public with first aid skills and off-duty health professionals to an emergency (such as a cardiac arrest) close to their current location, where their skills might be useful before an ambulance arrived. This has been adapted for the NHS volunteers, but it works on similar principles.

National government announced recruitment to support the NHS on 25th March 2020. Those interested were asked to sign up via the GoodSAM website: https://www.goodsamapp.org/NHS

These NHS volunteers were recruited to 4 roles:

  • Community Response Volunteer (help with shopping, medicine and essential supplies)
  • NHS Patient Transport Volunteer (transport home from hospital)
  • NHS Transport Volunteer (transport of equipment between NHS sites)
  • Check in and Chat Volunteer (short term telephone support to those at risk of loneliness because of Coronavirus restrictions)

Recruitment of volunteers via the GoodSAM website has been temporarily closed in order to allow the 750,000 volunteers already signed up to be processed.

We do not have direct access to the data on volunteers who have registered via the GoodSAM system, and do not know how many people from Cumbria are registered as volunteers.

However, Local Authorities can access the GoodSAM app to access a local volunteer if we have any gaps in support. The tasks that NHS volunteers have been recruited to clearly overlap with work that the Welfare Hubs will be carrying out. Due to the fact we have very strong existing local volunteer networks in Cumbria we haven’t yet needed to task any of the NHS volunteers.

Staying Safe

 

 

 

2nd April 2020

Kendal Town Council Planning Committee meetings are set to continue via teleconferencing. As a statutory consultee, we want to continue to contribute to the planning decision making process.

Meetings will be held as usual on the first and third Mondays of the month usually starting at 6.30pm. Agendas will continue to be published here.

The next meeting is on Monday 6thApril at 6.30pm.

As before, any individual is able to submit comments on any planning application to the principle planning authority, SLDC.

Our meetings continue to be open to public participation. This will be achieved either through joining in with the teleconference Committee meeting or via prior correspondence. Both can be arranged direct with the Chair, Cllr Doug Rathbone by contacting him at rathers@live.co.ukor on 07505503965.

Chair of Planning Committee, Councillor Doug Rathbone, said “As Chair, I am keen that members of the public should still have the right of public representation and to be heard by the Committee and by the planning authority, given that the planning process is still continuing whether we are there in person or not.”

All other Committee and Council meetings have been suspended, while we explore the legality and feasibility of IT solutions.

With the closure of the Town Hall, our main office in the foyer is closed but we remain contactable by email at office@kendaltowncouncil.gov.uk or telephone on 01539 793490 leaving a message during our opening hours of 9.30am-12.30pm Monday to Friday.