ANSWERS TO COMMON QUESTIONS
Questions about the Parish Council
Members of the public are always welcome at Parish Council meetings with the exception of the staffing committee. If you want to attend, you are reminded that after the public question time at the beginning of the meeting, there follows a formal meeting of the Council when members of the public can only speak at the invitation of the Chairman.
Council meetings are usually held monthly on the first Monday of the month, and unless otherwise stated, take place in the Mission Room, Vicarage Causway, starting at 7.30pm.
Yes, you can download a range of documents from the MEETINGS & DOCUMENTS SECTION
The Transparency Code for Smaller Authorities (December 2014) outlined a range of changes to small parish councils in relation to published information and the audit procedure. Although Hertford Heath Parish Council do not have to adhere to these changes, due to the Council's level of turnover, it made changes in line with the Code accordingly.
As a result, Hertford Heath Parish Council will:
Publish all draft minutes from all formal meetings, not later than one month after each meeting – on this website.
Publish meeting agendas not later than three clear days (not including weekends, bank holidays, the day of publishing and the day of the meeting) before the meeting takes place – on noticeboards and this website.
Publish all items of expenditure (date incurred, summary of purpose, amount and VAT) – these will be embedded in the minutes from each meeting, on this website. Hertford Heath Parish Council will publish ALL expenditure and income, not just items of expenditure over £100 as detailed in the Code.
At the end of June each year, an annual set of data will be published including:
- Accounting Statement for the previous financial year.
- Annual Governance Statement.
- List of Councillor responsibilities.
- Asset Register.
From time to time, vacancies occur on the parish council and we’re always interested to hear from people who want to make a difference to the lives of people in the village.
By becoming a parish councillor, you become someone your community will look to for help, guidance, and support. A community leader with the power to influence decisions for the benefit of the people you serve.
This could be your chance to make a difference.
Interested? – Contact the parish clerk – firstname.lastname@example.org
There are several ways in which you can do this:
- The Council is active on Social Media abd can be followed on TWITTER, FACEBOOK or INSTAGRAM
- There are many other Social Media pages managed by residents that contain information about local events. The easiest way to find these is by entering 'hertford heath' into the seach facility on any platform.
- The Council produces a monthly newsletter which is distributed to virtually all homes in the village.
- Past copies of the newsletter can be viewed or downloaded from HERE.
- You can signup to receive regular updates of Parish Council events by email. Just click on the SUBSCRIBE button at the foot of this page and you will be taken to a GDPR secure form to join the mailing list. You can unsubscribe from this at any time.
Other places to find information
- Many events are publicised on the village notice boards. These are located outside the Village Hall and on the small green next to the College Arms.
- All three pubs in the village and the village store, frequently display posters about local events.
- In order to remain impartial, but provide an opportunity for local organisations and businesses to promote their activities, the Parish Council is working with a group of local residents to maintain a directory-based website at https://hertfordheath.life The site holds details of local events.
We’re here to help, but before you report anything, please check which organisation is responsible for the issue.
- Check Social Media first. There may be updates on topics here.
- To find out who is responsible for the issue you want to report please check the REPORTING AN ISSUE page.
- You can also email the parish clerk - email@example.com
When you report an issue, please provide as much information as you can and include your contact deatils.
The parish council own the following:
- The Village Green
- All green verges along Mount Pleasant
- War Memorial Green
- The Allotments
- Pindar Green
- The playing field
Hertford Heath Nature Reserve, which includes Goldingtons and The Roundings are owned by Haileybury and managed by the Herts & Middlesex Wildlife Trust. If you have any queries or issues with this land, then please in the first instance contact the Herts and Middx Wildlife Trust.