Serving the people of Dunkirk

The Council

Who we are and what we do

Dunkirk Parish Council consists of up to seven elected parish councillors who serve for a four year term of office. The present term will expire in May 2023. There are currently two vacant seats. These seats are now open for co-option. Please contact the Clerk for more information. Dunkirk parish councillors receive no allowance or payment for the role whatsoever.

Council Meetings are normally held on the third Monday of each month, except August - see the diary of meetings for more information.

Planning Committee Meetings are normally held on the first Monday of each month, except August.

During the Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic the Council is operating under a temporary LGA72 Section 101 delegation approved 16th March 2020, until it can resume decision making via remote meetings in public.

For further information relating to the Council please contact the Clerk who will be happy to give advice and assistance.

Councillors

Our councillors are elected or co-opted, if you would like to become a councillor or find out more about what they do then please contact the Clerk to the Council.

Committees

Our committees have specific tasks and can have delegated powers.

We currently have two committees.

Details of our Planning Committee

Details of our Recruitment Committee

Parish Clerk

The role of Clerk is to ensure that the Council as a whole conducts its business properly and to provide independent, objective and professional advice and support.

Dunkirk Parish Council is part of local government in Kent together with Kent County Council and Swale Borough council.

The County Council is responsible for strategic services such as highways, education, libraries social services, strategic planning and waste disposal.

District councils are responsible for local services including housing, local planning and waste collection.

The Parish and Town councils in the county are often viewed as the part of government closest to the people. They are the only local government tier that represents residents at the parish level.

Importantly Parish Councils can "precept" - raising a council tax each year to improve facilities and services for local people.

Their powers and duties cover many things that we take for granted in making for comfort and well being where we live. These include the provision and maintenance of allotments, burial grounds and public monuments, public clocks, halls, some street lighting, litter bins, car parks, public lavatories, rights of way, roadside verges, bus shelters, swimming pools and village greens.

Parish Councils also comment on planning applications and can be represented at public inquiries.

Similarly, they advise the County and District authorities on the views of residents, and especially priorities for local investment.

All Parish Council meetings are open to the public. They are led by the Council's Chairman and advised by a Clerk who is there to see that business is conducted within the law.

It is important to understand however that being a Clerk to a Parish or Town Council is a job, not a spare time activity - even if it takes only a few hours each week to do.

The job is no different from large to small councils. What is different however is the amount of time needed to deal with the volume of business. For small parishes, this need be only a few hours each week while for the larger councils it could be a full-time commitment.

Most council meetings are held 'out of hours' so being a part-time clerk is not just a daytime activity.

Matthew Bullen

Matthew Bullen

Clerk

Matthew Bullen was appointed as the Dunkirk Parish Council Clerk on the 28th September 2020.

Matthew joined us from Axa Insurance where he was a Senior Commercial Underwriter based in the Maidstone Branch. He has worked in the Insurance industry since September 1994 enjoying career progression throughout. He is a dedicated professional with over 25 years experience in the Insurance Industry.

Matthew strongly believes in the values of Public service and his desire to work in the Public service environment, together with his ability to adapt and respond to a wide range of issues makes, the role of Parish Clerk an attractive one.

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