Parish Council Elections 2019 


Both District and Parish Council elections will take place on 2nd May this year. All existing members of Charlton Parish Council will be eligible for re-election, should they choose to stand again, and there will also be the opportunity for potential new councillors to stand for election.


The rules regarding who is eligible to stand for election as a Parish Councillor are quite simple:


You must be at least 18 years of age and be either a British citizen, or an eligible citizen of the Commonwealth, (i.e. does not need leave to enter or remain in the UK) or a citizen of any member state of the European Union. You must also meet at least 1 of the following criteria:


  • You are, and will continue to be, registered as a local government elector for the parish/community in which you wish to stand from the day of your nomination onwards, OR
  • You have occupied as owner or tenant any land or other premises in the parish/community area during the whole of the 12 months before the day of your nomination and the day of election, OR
  • Your main or only place of work during the 12 months prior to the day of your nomination and the day of election has been in the parish/community area, OR 
  • You have lived in the parish/community area or within three miles of it during the whole of the 12 months before the day of your nomination and the day of election. 


There are also rules describing who is not eligible to stand for election as a Parish Councillor. These include any paid employee of the Parish Council in question, anyone who is subject to a bankruptcy restrictions order or an interim order, anyone sentenced to a prison term of 3 months or more, without the option of a fine, during the 5 years prior to polling day and anyone who has been disqualified under the Representation of the People Act of 1983.


Full guidance regarding candidate eligibility can be found at:


Anyone interested in standing for election to Charlton Parish Council should initially contact the Parish Clerk at:


Wychavon District Council has an excellent website dealing with all aspects of local elections. You can access this at:


South Worcestershire Development Plan

The South Worcestershire Councils (SWC) i.e. Malvern Hills, Worcester City and Wychavon started a review of the South Worcestershire Development Plan (SWDP) in late 2017. This is in line with new Government requirements that local plans should be updated every five years, and therefore a revised SWDP is required by 2021. The review will provide an updated plan period to the year 2041.


You can access the plan details at:


As part of the planning process, between May & July 2018, these councils issued a call for sites for potential residential or employment development. Many landowners have submitted details of potential sites, but at this stage, no specific land is being suggested by the South Worcestershire Councils for such development.  You can view an interactive map of the sites that have been offered but not yet assessed at:


After assessment the sites that are being proposed for development will then be set out in the Preferred Options consultation document in late 2019.


In the March edition of The Wychavon Magazine there is an article on the SWDP Review that addresses the present position and the ongoing timescale for various actions

Emerging Minerals Local Plan

Worcestershire Council is preparing the new Worcestershire Minerals Local Plan. There is a consultation leaflet which explains the background to the information on Minerals in Worcestershire and the reasons why having a Minerals Local Plan is so important. You can download a copy of this leaflet by clicking on the link below:


download the Consultation leaflet


The first three stages of the consultation process have already been completed. The Fourth Stage Consultation document sets out the proposed vision and objectives for mineral development in Worcestershire, and includes the proposed strategic policies and development management policies which will be used to make decisions on planning applications once the plan is adopted.


On this page you can access an Interactive Minerals Mapping Tool by clicking on “Where Are We Now”. You can also download the Fourth Stage Consultation Document which gives details of how you can submit your comments to the plan. The Fourth Stage Consultation on the Minerals Local Plan was open from 17th December 2018 to 8th February 2019, and is now closed.



Outline Timetable of Events


Initial consultation                       Fourth Stage of Consultation Q4        2018 ~ Q1                                  2019


Publication                                    Scheduled Q2 2019

(Regulation 20)


Submission                                   Scheduled Q3 2019

(Regulation 22)


Independent Examination             Anticipated Q4 2019

(Regulation 24)


Receipt of Inspector’s Report        Anticipated Q1 2020

(Regulation 25)


Adoption                                        Anticipated Q2 2020

(Regulation 26)


Rural Bus Services Scrutiny - Findings and Report

Following the withdrawal of many rural bus services across the county (which severely affects Charlton), Worcestershire County Council commissioned an enquiry. The following link will take you to a report on their findings:

New Wychavon Tourism Website

Wychavon has launched a new website aiming to boost tourism within the local area.


You can access it at:


Round Evesham Walk

Evesham Rambling Club has devised a circular walk around Evesham, taking in many of the historic buildings and sites for which Evesham is famous. Details of the walk are shown in the file below. Further details of the activities of the Evesham Rambling Club can be found at:


Round Evesham Walk.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [589.4 KB]

Charlton 100 Club News

March Winners!



          £25 Justin Smith    (19)

           £15 Carl Way          (28)

           £10 Sarah Shore     (89)




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