The Parish Council

In England and Wales there are two kinds of ‘parish’. One is an ecclesiastical Parish administered by the Parochial Church Council. It is part of a Diocese. The other is a local government area administered by the Parish Council. It is part of a District. Confusingly the boundaries of the two rarely co-incide. This is the web site of Broadhembury Parish Council.

Our Parish Council consists of 9 councillors, who are normally elected every 4 years.

The Parish council is an essential part of local democracy and has powers to use the precept, which is the Council’s share of the council tax, for the benefit of the Parish.

We pay a part-time clerk and support a number of community organisations, which include the Hall, playgrounds and churchyard. We also ensure the footpaths and bridleways are in good order, for which purpose we appoint a way warden, and we manage the common land. A councillor also takes on the role of tree warden.

The Parish Council can pass on information or concerns over matters such as highway maintenance, traffic, refuse collection and policing. Our County Councillor Paul Diviani, our District Councillor Philip Skinner, and our Community Police Officer usually attend Parish Council meetings.

The public and press shall be admitted to all meetings of the Council (unless temporarily excluded by a special resolution). A period of up to 20 minutes is available at the beginning of the meeting, usually 7.30 p.m, when the public can ask questions or make statements. After this they may only speak at the Chairman’s discretion.

The Parish Council is also consulted on local planning applications, which are dealt with by our Planning Committee. We can inform the local authority of our views but at present we cannot approve or reject applications ourselves.

We are committed to representing the interests of the community and strive to improve the life of our parishioners and to enhance the local environment.