Our Parish Council

Our Parish Council

Norton-juxta-Kempsey Parish Council has nine elected councillors plus three part-time salaried staff – the parish clerk, assistant parish clerk and a groundsman. The councillors hold office for four years before standing for re-election. The Parish Council may co-opt additional members who perhaps bring some special expertise

The Parish Council meets formally monthly (except August and December). Each meeting is preceded by a short public section where questions may be put to the Parish Council . In addition there is an annual parish meeting (in May)

Parish meeting minutes and accounts can be found elsewhere in this website

What does the Parish Council do?

The Parish Council continues to seek ways to improve the quality of life for residents of the Parish by promoting appropriate housing, access to healthcare, education, transport and leisure facilities, and to maintain the identities of the villages in the Parish within a rural environment.

The Parish Council has responsibilities, powers or rights relating to:

  • Allotments 
  • Bus Shelters, 
  • Community Centres & Halls, 
  • Drainage of ditches and ponds,   
  • Highways – lighting, parking places, right to enter into discussions about new roads and road widening, consent of parish council required for diversion or discontinuation of highway, traffic signs and other notices, tree planting and verge maintenance
  • Land – acquisition and sale of
  • Legal proceedings – power to prosecute and defend any legal proceedings in the interests of the community, power to take part in any public enquiry
  • Litter – provision of litter-bins and support for any anti-litter campaigns
  • Planning – parish councils may be notified of any planning applications for the area
  • Recreation – provision of recreation grounds, open spaces, playing fields, 
  • Rights of Way – footpath and bridleway maintenance
  • Seats (public)
  • Signs – danger signs, place names and bus stops signs
  • Traffic Calming
  • War Memorials

General Spending – parish councils can spend a limited amount of money on anything they deem of benefit to the community that is not covered by the other specific responsibilities described in this list

Other things a parish council could be looking after include (see xxxxx for a full list). Burial Grounds, Cemeteries, Churchyards and Crematoria,  Clocks – public clocks can be provided and must be maintained, Public conveniences etc.  However these facilities do not currently exist in Norton-juxta-Kempsey

Apart from the above, there are two other key functions of any Parish Council

1. To support the residents in whatever means and particularly at times of crisis – coronavirus, floods etc

2. To represent the views of the majority to higher levels of government and other public bodies