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Staplehurst Parish Council


Staplehurst Parish Council VACANCY for a Parish Clerk

Salary up to £32,000 for a suitably qualified candidate

Due to the planned retirement of the current Parish Clerk in June 2020, Staplehurst Parish Council is seeking to appoint an energetic, forward-thinking full-time (37.5 hours) Parish Clerk who can manage the council’s statutory requirements, lead the staff team and promote the interests and development of the Parish. The ideal candidate will be an excellent communicator, with a ‘can do’ attitude, who can demonstrate strong governance and management skills alongside good business acumen. The successful candidate will be expected to work in close partnership with the local community and statutory bodies, including the local authority.

The post of Parish Clerk is exciting and challenging and will require a flexible approach, including attendance at regular evening meetings (maximum two per month) and very occasional weekend working. The payment for this is reflected in the salary offered. In addition, the appointee will be eligible to join the NEST pension scheme.

We are looking for a proactive person with considerable administration and organisational skills, an excellent manager, leader, innovator and ambassador, to partner elected members in delivering our strategy.  You will be determined that the council meets local government best practice standards and will ensure the efficient and effective implementation of council decisions. 

Ideally you will be a qualified Clerk or prepared to study for and attain the CiLCA qualification.

Staplehurst is a large, expanding, rural village, south of Maidstone, situated in the low Weald of Kent. Our village incorporates an historic conservation area at its centre. We are situated on the Dover, via Ashford International, to London mainline, with our train station within a ten-minute walk of our parish office.

We have a Neighbourhood Plan with associated ambitions of enhancing the amenities in the Parish during the coming years.  Pride in our community is strong and the Parish Council is fundamental in delivering the services that help make our village an enjoyable place to live and work.

If you would like to know more, please click here for:

  • Person Specification
  • Job Description
  • Application Form

or contact our Parish Office (closed Christmas/ New Year week).

How to apply:

To apply for this position please submit the following documents:

1. Completed Application Form (available to download from the link above)

2. Covering letter stating why you believe you are suitable for the role.

Preferably documents should be sent by e-mail to: c[email protected]

Alternatively, you may hand deliver or post the documents to:

Staplehurst Parish Council, Parish Office, Village Centre, High Street, Staplehurst, Kent. TN12 0BJ
Tel: 01580 891761  Public opening hours 0900-1300 Monday to Thursday. Closed Friday.


Closing date:  9.00am Monday 3rd February 2020




        NEXT MEETING(S):        

  • Monday 3rd February 2020 PLANNING COMMITTEE, 7.00pm;  FULL COUNCIL, 7.45pm.  Published agendas will be available HERE

Staplehurst Parish Council is the first tier of local government and was first elected in 1894, with 15 places for Councillors. Since 1894, we have had 18 Chairmen and 9 Parish Clerks. We currently have 15 Councillors whose term of office runs until May 2023. 

The Parish Council represents the local community, delivers services to meet local needs and aspires to improve quality of life and community well-being. However, parish councils are limited in what they are able to do, which is set out within legislation. 

Staplehurst Parish Council meets every three weeks, usually in the South Hall of the Village Centre.  The next meeting date is shown at the top of this article.  Please see the Parish Council Meetings page of this website for subsequent dates.  A meeting evening starts with the Council's Planning Committee at 7.00pm, followed by the Full Council meeting.  Meetings are open to the public and press, except on very rare occasions when an item may be designated as confidential.