Norham Parish Council

villagegreenNorham Parish Council is an elected body supporting the people of Norham Parish in a number of ways. Parish councils in England are the entry level of democracy and have limited powers overall but do have an effect on your daily lives. The council is funded by a precept which you will see on your annual council tax bill. This money raised from council tax is to provide services that the county council has devolved on the basis local people can provide them more efficiently and more cost effectively.

The following are all under the remit of our parish council:

  • Bus Shelters
  • Clocks – public clocks can be provided and must be maintained
  • Drainage – of ditches and ponds
  • Some 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
  • Some aspects of 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
  • Litter – provision of litter-bins and support for any anti-litter campaigns
  • Planning – parish councils must be notified of any planning applications for the area. Any comments submitted to the planning authority by the parish council must be taken into account
  • Public conveniences – provision and maintenance of public toilets
  • Recreation – provision of recreation grounds, public walkways, pleasure grounds, open spaces, village greens, 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
  • Village Greens
  • War Memorial

The council meets approximately 6 times a year, usually in the village hall,  and members of the public are welcome to attend to raise issues or ask questions. If they do not wish to attend then they can ask any member of the council to raise issues on their behalf, or contact the Clerk. The council is keen to support local initiatives and groups to ensure the best for the village both in function and appeal as a place to live. The agenda for every meeting is put up in advance on the village notice board and on this website.

If you would like to book the Village Green for an event, please contact the Clerk. Priority is given to residents and/or charitable events (please note Village Green Booking Policy )