Holbrook Parish Council

Your Parish Council
The Parish Council is the first tier of local government and consists of a number of elected councillors from the Parish, supported by the Clerk.
Holbrook's Parish Council currently has nine councillors and there are two vacancies.
The Council was elected in May 2015 and will serve for 4 years until the next election.
The Chairman is elected each year by the council and is currently Cllr John Ambrose.

If you are interested in becoming a councillor, click HERE for further information.

Structure:
The full Parish Council meets usually on the third Monday of the month at 7.30pm in the Village Hall.

HPC has two sub-committees:
The Planning Committee meets only when required, for example if the full council cannot meet in time to comment on a planning application or if there is an application which requires extra attention. The terms of reference can be found HERE.

The Reade Field Improvement Project Committee, chaired by Cllr Sally Ingleton, has been established to investigate the opportunitues for improvement and grant funding for the Reade Field. The Committee consists of at least three councillors together with representatives who have skills or experiences useful to the project. The terms of reference can be found HERE.

Individual councillors may take on specific roles for example monitoring plans or linking with another organisation. The current list is:

Village Hall Liaison Councillor Ambrose
Alton Water User Group Councillor Sawyer
Emergency Plan Councillor Sawyer
SALC Liaison Councillor Hehir / Councillor Martin
Shotley Peninsula Tourism Action Group Councillor Hehir

Responsibilities:
HPC is responsible for the Reade Field, Church Green and Alton Green. It is responsible for a number of village assets including the war memorial, street lighting and litter and dog bins.
The Parish Council must also be consulted by the District or County Council about a number of issues including planning applications, rights of way surveys and street-naming.

Under the Localism Act 2011, HPC has adopted the General Power of Competence which enables it to make wider contributions to the improvement and well being of the community.

The Parish Council is funded through levying a precept, which is collected with the Council Tax by Babergh District Council. HPC is able to make grants and a copy of the policy can be found here.

Find a list of your local Parish, District and County Councillors HERE.

Councillors must provide accurate information for the public Register of Interests which is maintained by Babergh District Council here.