Who we are
The Parish Council, set up by law to represent the residents of Northchurch, has eight councillors who are elected every 4 years, all volunteers, and live in or near Northchurch. The last elections took place in 2019 and the next are due in May 2022. If a vacancy arises between elections, councillors may be appointed (co-opted) to the council. If you are interested in becoming a councillor, please contact the Clerk.
When we meet
The councillors meet in public every six weeks normally on a Monday at 7pm. They divide their work between committees and working parties which meet separately. All council and committee meetings where decisions are made, are held in public. Only sensitive matters such as personnel issues, commercial contracts and legal advice are considered in closed session.
What we do
We set the precept (parish council tax), make policies, allocate expenditure and act in the best interest of the people of Northchurch. Although most community assets and services in Northchurch are run by the County Council (HCC) or Dacorum Borough Council (DBC), the parish council has some specific local responsibilities:
- We rent out allotments
- We comment on all planning applications in the Parish area
- We liaise with Dacorum Borough council and Hertfordshire County Council
- We give grants to local community groups
- We maintain:
- the recreation ground;
- the grass verge between Dudswell and the Cow Roast;
- Northchurch Cemetery;
- 37 old-style street lamps (on telegraph poles)