Parish Council

What is a Parish Council?

It is a statutory local authority set up under the Local Government Act 1972. It operates in the area of a defined civil parish or group of parishes.

In Hertfordshire there are three tiers of local government – Hertfordshire County Council, District Councils and Town/Parish Councils. Elections to parish councils are held every four years.

Parish Councils are an essential part of the structure of local democracy and have a vital role in acting on behalf of the communities they represent. They -

  • give views, on behalf of the community, on planning applications and other proposals that affect the parish
  • undertake projects and schemes that benefit local residents
  • work in partnership with other bodies to achieve benefits for the parish
  • alert relevant authorities to problems that arise or work that needs to be undertaken
  • help the other tiers of local government keep in touch with their local communities.
What powers do Town and Parish Councils have?

They have a wide range of powers which essentially relate to local matters, such as looking after community buildings, open space, allotments, play areas, street lighting, bus shelters, car parks and much more.

The Council also has the power to raise money through taxation, the precept. The precept is the parish council’s share of the council tax. The precept demand goes to the billing authority, the District Council, which collects the tax for the Parish Council.

The Government introduced the Quality Parish and Town Council Scheme in 2003 with the aim of encouraging Councils, on behalf of their communities, to have a greater say in the running and improvement of local services.

Information from the Parish Council

Details of information available from Benington Parish Council under the model publication scheme can be obtained here

Parish Council Meetings


Date and venue to be announced

14 July
8 September
10 November

These dates may be subject to change.

Benington Parish Council meetings are usually held on the second Wednesday of every other month.  All meetings start at 8.00 pm except the Annual Parish Council Meeting in May which commences at 7.30pm and is followed by the Annual Parish Meeting.

The Agenda for each meeting is posted on the website and on all three notice boards in the village.

Residents are welcome to attend the meetings (but do not have an automatic right to speak).  If you wish to put a point to the meeting, please contact the Chair or Clerk of Benington Parish Council at least 3 days before the meeting.

Annual Parish Council Meeting
This meeting takes places in May and is a formal meeting to re-elect the Chair and Vice Chair as well as encompassing routine Council business.  Residents are welcome but cannot participate

Annual Parish Meeting
All Parish Councils throughout England are required by law to hold an annual parish meeting at this time each year.  The purpose of calling this meeting is so that the Council can explain what it has been doing over the last year, and it enables the electors to have their say on anything which they consider is important to the people of Benington.  An elector may also make suggestions and comment on anything pertinent to the Parish of Benington.  This will be welcomed and is the whole purpose of the meeting.

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Other local representatives

Member of Parliament
Oliver Heald MP (Conservative)
Elected MP for North East Hertfordshire in May 2010.


By post:
Oliver Heald
The House of Commons

By email:

By telephone:
01763 247 640

Web pages:

County Councillor
Ken Crofton JP
Hertford Rural Division
for any Hertfordshire County Council issues I can be contacted on
or 07876 858 684

District Councillor
Ken Crofton JP
East Hertfordshire District, Walkern Ward
for any District Council issues I can be contacted on
or 07876 858 684

Members of the European Parliament (MEPs)
Eastern Region

For full details of MEPs, click here

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click here for details

Benington Parish Council meets the criteria to be able to claim exemption from having an external audit. 

Click here to view the certificate of exemption

Parish Council Meetings
Next Meetings


Date and venue to be announced

14 July
8 September
10 November

These dates may be subject to change.

Full details of Parish Council Meetings


Parish Council Meeting Minutes

Use these links to view the minutes of previous meetings and reports

Meeting Minutes & Reports 2013-2021

Meeting Minutes & Reports 2011-2012

Meeting Minutes & Reports 2004-2010

Planning Applications

Information about planning applications can be found on the East Herts District Council Website using the following link

Parish Councillors

Richard Bott (Chairman)
H:  01438 869407
M:  07900 206 634

Kate Daniel
H:  01438 869438
M:  07929 396 403

Steve James
H:  014388 69518
M:  07425 142 958

Rob Hewlett
H:  01438 869422
M:  07850 025 422

Fiona McClure
H: 01438 869 059

Dan McLean
M: 07795 606 312

Clerk - Julie Haire
01438 869 688

Parish Council e-mail address


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