MARDEN PARISH COUNCIL
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Marden Parish Council was first elected in 1894 and in 2019 celebrated 125 years of representing the residents of Marden. Since then it has had 12 Chairmen and 9 Clerks. MPC currently has 11 Councillors, 9 standing for election in 2021, and two being co-opted in June 2021. The next Parish Council elections are due in 2024.
Marden Parish Council is part of Marden, Yalding, Nettlestead and Collier Street Ward within Maidstone Borough Council. Originally Collier Street was part of Marden Parish Council but split away approximately 20 years ago.
The Parish of Marden, which includes Chainhurst, consists of mainly mixed farming and has a population of just over 4000 and with future development of approximately 500 dwellings due in the next few years this will grow tremendously.
MPC owns two areas of open space, one being the main playing field with football pitch and two play areas and the other being a more tranquil area with a play trail and picnic benches. MPC also owns the parish cemetery which opened in 1932 following a compulsory purchase order from a local farm. A new section was opened in 2022 and a further acre is still available for future interments.
Over the years the role of the Parish Council has evolved and now includes running the annual summer play scheme, Christmas activities, managing the public conveniences, play equipment along with every day roles of risk assessments, finance, planning etc.
PARISH COUNCIL ELECTIONS
Marden Parish Councillors will all be standing down at this year's Parish Council elections on Thursday 2nd May. If they so wish they can re-stand along with anyone else who wishes to be considered as a Parish Councillor.
If you are interested and would like to find out what is involved pop into the parish office on a Monday, Tuesday or Friday morning between 10am and 12noon or from 5pm to 7pm on Tuesday 5th or 12th March when Ali will be around to answer any questions. Alternatively, Cllrs will be in attendance at the Open Morning on Saturday 9th March where you can ask a current Cllr want is required of a Cllr, what are the good bits (and bad!). Closing date for nominations is Friday 5th April at 4pm.
Nomination papers are available from the Electoral Commission website using the link below:
Please ensure that you include the Local Government Act 1972 pages 2 to 7 as these are part of the nomination paper and preferably on yellow paper because that distinguishes them from the Borough Ward nomination papers.
Hard copies are also available from the Parish Office.
The published timetable can be viewed below but please note forms MUST be returned to Maidstone Borough Council by 4pm on 5th April
MESSAGE FROM MAIDSTONE BOROUGH COUNCIL:
Please note: Nomination papers should be hand delivered. Please attend Maidstone House Reception (NOT THE LINK) between the hours of 10am and 4pm, any day from Monday 25 March 2024 up to and including Friday 5 April 2024.
There are 22 Wards and 35 Parishes up for election this year. We are running a booking system to help with the flow and reduce the waiting time.
It would be in your best interest to make an appointment with the Electoral Services Team.
Please call 01622 602007 or email [email protected] to make an appointment.
For more information about Marden Parish Council and Parish Councils in general please visit: Election Documents & Information - Marden Parish Council - Marden Parish Council, Marden, Tonbridge (mardenkent-pc.gov.uk)
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