The Parish Council provides the first level of local government, and has three main responsibilities:
- to represent the views of parishioners on issues that are passed down to it by the East Herts District Council, with a particular responsibility to comment on local Planning Applications†. Click here to read the Parish Council’s policy on reviewing Planning Applications.
- to provide a route for matters of concern within the village to be passed up to the relevant authorities.
- to make good use of the precept (the ‘parish’ element of household rates). The Council may be able to make a grant from the precept to village organisations for a specific purpose. If you wish to make an application for a grant then please contact the Parish Clerk
†The immediate neighbours to the site of any Planning Application will receive details of the application from EH Council and be invited to register any comments. However everyone has the right to register their comments – either in support or against a specific proposal. All Planning Applications are accessible through the Planning section of the EH website together with details of the procedure for submitting comments.
Parish Council Meetings, Agendas and Minutes
The Council meets on the penultimate Monday of each month (except August and December) at 7:30pm in the Village Hall. Members of the public are welcome to observe these meetings. An agenda is published by the Clerk and displayed on notice boards around the village prior to the meeting and minutes can be viewed by arrangement with the Clerk. Alternatively both agendas and minutes can be read from the following online archive.
Annual Parish Meeting
The Council also holds an Annual Parish Meeting, normally in April, to provide a review of the year’s activities but also to encourage official and unofficial discussion between the Council and residents. Again, an agenda is published by the Clerk and displayed on notice boards around the village prior to the meeting and minutes can be viewed by arrangement with the Clerk. Alternatively minutes of past Annual Parish Meetings can be read from the following online archive.
The Parish Council has a statutory obligation to publish certain other documents online. Click on any of the following links to access these:
- Code of Conduct
- Standing Orders
- Complaints Procedure
- Financial Regulations
- Equality and Diversity Policy
- Health and Safety Policy
Your rights to inspect this Annual Governance Statement are explained here
The Parish Council has 26 allotment plots in the village which are available to rent for a small annual sum. For more information about them and current availability, please contact Councillor Stella Oliver on 01279 842863. Renting of an allotment is subject to the Rules and Standard Tenancy Agreement.
Current Members of Hunsdon Parish Council
Councillor positions are voluntary and appointed by election of parishioners for a fixed term of office. The current term of office began in May 2019. The Clerk is always a good place to start but please respect her usual hours of work, Monday – Friday, 9:30 – 4:30, and always check to make sure that she is not on holiday.
Cllr Steve Burton
Cllr Diane Fossey
Cllr David McDonald
Cllr Stella Oliver
Cllr Frank O’Shea (Vice Chair)
Cllr Bob Toll (Chair)
Miss Carole Page
(Clerk to Hunsdon Parish Council)
Rosemary Cottage, Acorn St, Hunsdon