About Your Parish Council
The Woodford Cum Membris Parish Council meets regularly on the second Tuesday of each month and occasionally at other times for special meetings. Find more details on any of these topics below, click on the boxes in the image or use the top menu, under Parish Council.
How Your Council Works
The Parish Council is part of the framework of Local Government that includes Daventry District Council and Northamptonshire County Council and is responsible for Woodford Halse, Hinton and West Farndon.
The Council has spelled out its strategy for the coming 5 years here.
Meetings of the Council are usually held in the Memorial Hall. Members of the public are always welcome to attend. You can find copies of the Agenda for each forthcoming meeting here: Parish Council Meeting Agendas. to see if there’s anything that concerns you due for discussion. We also publish a record of each meeting in Parish Council Minutes.
You can find out more about how the different parts of local government work together and you can reach the sites for:
About Parish Councillors
Your Councillors are elected by you.
The Council consists of up to 14 Councillors who serve for a term of four years. Councillors are volunteers who may receive some expenses but are otherwise unpaid.
Vacancies on the council are filled either by election, or if insufficient candidates put themselves forward to make this necessary, by co-option (i.e. the Council invites willing individuals to fill the vacancies). (See here for more details on elections)
Individuals wishing to register an interest in becoming a Councillor are invited to contact the Parish Clerk (see below).
Each year the Council members elect a Chair and a Vice Chair to manage meetings.
Finding Out About Council Decisions
As well as publishing material on-line here, printed copies of parish council information is available at Woodford Halse Library and material is also published on the noticeboards located at:-
- Outside the Public Conveniences, junction of Parsons Street and Quinton Lane
- Membris Way
How The Council Is Funded
The services they provide are funded through a compulsory ‘precept’ which forms part of your Council Tax. Woodford cum Membris Parish Council is currently responsible for spending almost £180,000 of your Council Tax on local amenities and controlling £4M of parish assets. (You can see budgets & financial statements here. Recent expenditure is detailed in each month’s Council Meeting minutes)
Parish Councils also apply for grants for specific projects from District Councils, Government Departments, and charitable foundations.
What The Council Does
The Council is responsible for the following facilities:
- Street Lighting
- Footpaths & the Pocket Park
- Bus shelters, seats and benches
- Litter bins & dog bins
- Public convenience
- Memorial Hall & Village Centre
- SARA Field
- Central Woods
In addition to this the Parish Council looks at planning applications within the parish prior to their consideration by Daventry District Council (read more about this here). It also responds to consultations by other public bodies on behalf of the community.
Contacting The Council
You can contact any Councillor to ask questions or raise concerns. Their contact details and the part of the parish they live in can be found here. You can also always contact the council through the Parish Council Clerk, Gary Smith. He can be contacted about Parish Council matters by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org