Parish Notice Board

Hanley Castle

Notice of Vacancy






 Parish of Hanley Castle




that a casual vacancy has arisen in the Office of Councillor for the Parish Council following the Resignation on 1st March 2024 of Councillor Sparkes


If by 18th March 2024 a request for an election to fill said vacancy is made in writing to the Returning Officer at the address below by TEN electors** for the said Parish, an election will be held to fill the said vacancy, otherwise the vacancy will be filled by co-option.


If election is called, it will take place not later than 28th April 2024


Dated: 3rd Match

Clerk to the Parish Council:


Rebecca Abunassar

12 Court Rd







Returning Officer:

Andy Baldwin

The Council House

Avenue Road


WR14 3AF




* In calculating dates for this purpose, exclude Saturday, Sunday, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Good Friday and bank holidays.


** There is no form of words for this request, which might simply be a letter headed with such words as “We the undersigned being electors for the [Ward of] … Parish, call for an election to fill the vacancy arising from the [death][resignation] of …”.  It is helpful if the ten signatures are accompanied by printed names and addresses.


Hanley Castle Neighbourhood Plan Review 2024

 Hanley Castle CP Neighbourhood Development Plan.

Following a pre consultation and review, changes to the Neighbourhood Plan have been identified and the Parish Council wishes to proceed to a Regulation 14 submission. Regulation 14 is a process that makes these changes known in the form of revised plan and invites comments from interested parties.


The proposed alterations update the plan to account for building activity and other changes in parish since the plan was made in January 2019. It also adds items to the local heritage list that characterise a rural parish with deep historical roots.


The review committee believes that it is not necessary, at this stage, to change the policies and site allocations within the plan.


The proposed revised plan is available for consultation and can be accessed at Parish Council tab. If you have comments, you can send them to or write to the Parish Clerk; Rebecca Abunassar, 12 Court Road, Strensham, Worcester WR8 9LP


 The deadline for comments is March 14th


 Hard copies will be made available for your consideration at key local venues shortly.

Hanley Castle Neighbourhood Plan Review

 Hanley Castle Neighbourhood Plan Review

The South Worcestershire Development Plan (SWDP) has recently been revised and is with the inspectors awaiting their comments and approval. This process could take until late 2024.

We have been advised to update our own Neighbourhood Plan so that it is consistent with any national amendments, the SWDP and to retain its weight within the planning hierarchy. Therefore a small committee comprising Hanley Castle parish councillors Sue Roberts, Sue Adeney and Angela Hartland, together with parishioner representatives Tim Feest and Steve Gogerty (chair) has been established by the Parish Council to conduct a review of our plan.

You can read more about the review and ways you can share ideas, comments or suggestions to the committee here:

Exercise of Public Rights


Hanley Castle Parish Council





Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014 Sections 25, 26 and 27

The Accounts and Audit Regulations 2015 (SI 2015/234)





1. Date of announcement 8th June 2023 (a)

2. Each year the smaller authority prepares an Annual Governance and Accountability Return (AGAR).  The AGAR has been published with this notice. It will not be reviewed by the appointed auditor, since the smaller authority has certified itself as exempt from the appointed auditor’s review.

Any person interested has the right to inspect and make copies of the AGAR, the accounting records for the financial year to which it relates and all books, deeds, contracts, bills, vouchers, receipts and other documents relating to those records must be made available for inspection by any person interested. For the year ended 31 March 2023, these documents will be available on reasonable notice by application to:


(b)   Rebecca Abunassar, Clerk & RFO 12 Court Road, Strensham WR8 9LP


commencing on (c) __Monday 19th June 2023 _______________________



and ending on (d) ___Friday 28th  July 2023 ________________________


3. Local government electors and their representatives also have:


·        The opportunity to question the appointed auditor about the accounting records; and

·        The right to make an objection which concerns a matter in respect of which the appointed auditor could either make a public in19thterest report or apply to the court for a declaration that an item of account is unlawful. Written notice of an objection must first be given to the auditor and a copy sent to the smaller authority.


The appointed auditor can be contacted at the address in paragraph 4 below for this purpose between the above dates only.


4. The smaller authority’s AGAR is only subject to review by the appointed auditor if questions or objections raised under the Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014 lead to the involvement of the auditor.  The appointed auditor is:


PKF Littlejohn LLP (Ref: SBA Team)

15 Westferry Circus

Canary Wharf

London E14 4HD



5. This announcement is made by (e) Rebecca Abunassar, Clerk & RFO




(a) Insert date of placing of the notice which must be not less than 1 day before the date in (c) below











(b) Insert name, position and address/telephone number/ email address, as appropriate, of the Clerk or other person to which any person may apply to inspect the accounts


(c) Insert date, which must be at least 1 day after the date of announcement in (a) above and at least 30 working days before the date appointed in (d) below


(d) The inspection period between (c) and (d) must be 30 working days inclusive and must include the first 10 working days of July.
























(e) Insert name and position of person placing the notice – this person must be the responsible financial officer for the smaller authority

Dates of 2024 Parish Council Meetings - 19:00 Hanley Swan Village Hall 3rd Thursday of the Month

18th January - Precep Setting & Three Counties CEO as Guest
15th February
21st March
18th April
16th May - Annual & Parish Meeting
20th June
18th July
19th September
17th October
21st November

How To Report Potholes and Road Problems

There have been a lot of complaints about the state of the roads in Hanley Castle and Hanley Swan recently and whilst the Parish Council regularly report problems to the Highways Agency it is thought to be beneficial if residents also report any problems they encounter.
Problems can be reported online via the Worcestershire Hub, which can be accessed by the address below or by putting 'Worcestershire Hub' into a search engine. When on the Hub’s home page choose 'report it' and follow the instructions which are very straight forward.
or residents can call Malvern Hills Customer Service Centre 01684 862151