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About the Parish Council

The Parish Council meets on the third Wednesday of the month and only exceptionally in August. The meetings are held in the Village Hall in Littlebury village at 8.00 pm; the general public are very welcome to attend. In March and October they are held at St. Peter's Community Centre in Littlebury Green, also at 8.00pm. There are nine councillors serving on the council. 

Agendas are posted on the noticeboards at Littlebury, Littlebury Green and Catmere End three days in advance. A brief report of the meeting is given in the Wendens Ambo and Littlebury Parish News distributed to every household monthly. Minutes are approved as a correct record of the meeting at the following Parish Council Meeting and are posted on this site and the noticeboards.

If you have something that you wish to be discussed at the meeting please contact either a councillor or Tracy Coston (Clerk).

Please be aware that all emails which are sent to the Parish Council and Clerk are public documents and could be subject to the Freedom of Information Act (with all personal details removed) if a request was made.

Parish Council Responsibilites

Parish Councils currently have a limited number of duties but they all impact directly on the community. The following are all under the remit of local councils:

  • Allotments
  • Burial Grounds, Cemeteries, Churchyards and Crematoria
  • Bus Shelters
  • Bye-laws – the power to make bye-laws concerning: baths and washhouses (swimming pools), cycle parks, mortuaries and pleasure grounds
  • Clocks – public clocks can be provided and must be maintained
  • Community Centres, Conference Centres, Halls, Public Buildings (the Village Hall is owned by a registered charity on behalf of the community and is managed by an elected committee independently of the parish council)
  • Drainage – of ditches and ponds
  • Entertainment and the Arts
  • Footpaths
  • General Spending – parish councils can spend a limited amount of money on anything they deem of benefit to the community that is not covered by the other specific responsibilities described in this list
  • Gifts – parish councils may accept gifts
  • Highways – lighting, parking places, right to enter into discussions about new roads and road widening, consent of parish council required for diversion or discontinuation of highway, traffic signs and other notices, tree planting and verge maintenance
  • Land – acquisition and sale of
  • Legal proceedings – power to prosecute and defend any legal proceedings in the interests of the community, power to take part in any public enquiry
  • Litter - provision of litter-bins and support for any anti-litter campaigns
  • Planning – parish councils must be notified of, and display for residents, any planning applications for the area. Any comments submitted to the planning authority by the parish council must be taken into account
  • Postal and Telecommunication Facilities – power to pay a public telecommunications operator any loss sustained in providing services in that area
  • Public conveniences – provision and maintenance of public toilets
  • Recreation – provision of recreation grounds, public walkways, pleasure grounds, open spaces, village greens and commons, gymnasiums, playing fields, holiday camps and boating ponds
  • Rights of Way – footpath and bridleway maintenance
  • Seats (public)
  • Signs – danger signs, place names and bus stops signs
  • Tourism – financial contributions to any local tourist organisations allowed
  • Traffic Calming
  • War Memorials
  • Water Supply – power to utilise stream, well or spring water and to provide facilities for general use


Planning queries

To view current planning applications either visit the Planning Department at the District Council Offices on London Road or attend Littlebury's Parish Council meeting which is held on the third Wednesday of the month at 8pm.  Alternatively the applicant may be happy to show you a copy of their plans.