Nether Heyford has a Parish Council of 9 members and a Parish Clerk. The Council meets in the Baptist Chapel Schoolroom (situated between the Village Hall and the Baptist Chapel overlooking the village green) on the first Monday of each month at 7.30 pm (unless stated otherwise and notified via The Prattler and village noticeboards)
Agendae for full Parish Council and for Committee Meetings are posted on the Notice boards next to the The One Stop and The Village Hall three days prior to the meeting.
Members of the public and the press are welcome to attend and can take the opportunity to raise issues with the Council at the beginning of the meeting. The District Councillors and the County Councillor generally attend, and the local PCSO sometimes attends.
The responsibilities of the Council are varied and include:
- The provision of the following services: Closed Churchyard, Cemetery, The Green, The War Memorial, Seating & litter bins, Street lighting, Grass cutting – via Agency agreement with Northants County Council
- Litter picking and provision and maintenance of dog bins
- Making environmental improvements as and when thought appropriate
- Liaising with the county council on highway safety and repair
- Liaising with the county council on public transport matters affecting the parish
- Liaising with the county council on the state of footpaths and other rights of way
- Liaising with the police on matters of concern within the parish
- Considering and commenting on planning applications within the parish and on major planning applications in neighbouring parishes
- Making grants to village organisations from council funds
Annual Parish Meeting
All Parish Councils in England are required by law to hold an Annual Parish Meeting between 1st March and 30th June each year. The meeting allows the Council and local community organisations to explain what they have been doing over the last year and electors can have their say on anything which they consider is important to the people of the parish.
Who may attend?
Anyone may attend but only registered electors may ask questions. An elector may also make suggestions and comment on anything pertinent to the people of Nether Heyford – this will be welcomed and it is the whole purpose of the meeting.
Who will chair the meeting?
Normally the Chairperson of the Parish Council will chair the meeting otherwise the meeting will elect a Chairperson from amongst those electors present.
Will parish councillors be there?
Usually they do attend and will speak as necessary but the purpose of the meeting is to enable the electors to have their say. Councillors will listen and as electors themselves, also have the opportunity to raise questions and make comments if they wish.
Can I suggest agenda items?
Yes, just get them to the Clerk to the Parish Council or come along to the meeting and raise the item then.
Are minutes taken?
Yes – they are published in the monthly village newspaper The Prattler and on its website, They are also displayed on the 2 village notice boards.