Meldreth Parish Council

Serving the people of Meldreth

Parish Clerk: Mrs Judy Damant
Sheltered Housing Communal
Room, Elin Way, Meldreth
Hertfordshire SG8 6LX

Who we are & what we do

The Parish Council comprises of 9 volunteer councillors who serve for a term of 4 years and represent an electorate of 1488. Meldreth have just had their first contested election in many years. Along with the Parish Council elections there was also the South Cambridgeshire District elections, Meldreth are now represented by two District Councillors, so we welcome Cllr Jose Hales to our team; Cllr Philippa Hart returns as our District Councillor. The Council meets on the first Thursday of each month except August with additional Planning Committee meetings attended by six councillors being held in between. The agenda is displayed on the Parish notice boards at Bell Close and Elin Way and on the website: www.meldreth-pc.org.uk.


The Parish Council have representatives on other bodies outside the Parish Council and Councillors attend meetings on the Council's behalf. Each member of the Council either serves on a Committee or Working Group or has an area of responsibility.

Contacting the Council

The Clerk's contactable hours for members of the public is only between: Mon- Fri 9am- 2.30pm.

The correspondence address for the Parish Council is not a public office and all meetings with the Clerk are to be arranged by appointment.

All telephone calls to the Parish Clerk are recorded for training & monitoring purposes. Calls are retained in the call log for three months and are deleted on a rolling basis.

What we do in Meldreth

The Council has many powers to act and spend money for the benefit of its Parish. Some of these require the support of the District or County to facilitate them - and all are subject to normal procedures of planning and proper use of public funds.

Meldreth Futures Group

Members of the Meldreth Futures group are volunteers who live in Meldreth. We meet every two months and report to the Parish Council. Our role is advisory only. We recommend projects to the Parish Council to receive funding from various sources (such as money received from solar developments) where it is often stipulated that funding is spent on community projects and improvements. As an example, we have provided funding for a tent for Guides and equipment for the newly refurbished Pavillon's kitchen.

You do not have to be part of a group to apply - it might be something you feel passionately about in the village.

The group is also looking at wider improvements for Meldreth with a longer-term view on capital projects.

Councillors

Parish Councillors are elected or co-opted. If you would like to become a Councillor or find out more about what they do - contact the Clerk.

Committees

In addition to the Full Parish Council meeting there is the Planning Committee.

Advisory Groups are sometimes referred to as working parties.

Parish Council Elections

The 2018 election was contested and resulted in 9 councillors being voted onto the Council.

The next election is scheduled for 2022.

Meldreth Parish Council Standing Orders

Standing Orders are based on the National Association of Local Council's (NALC) model standing orders and are reviewed and adopted annually at the annual Council Meeting in May.

They are the procedures for Council business including meeting protocol.