Next meetings

Monday 11 October at 7.45 pm in the Community Centre hall – NB change of date

If you would like to attend meetings as a member of the public, please email (parish.clerk@mardenherefordshire-pc.gov.uk) or ring (07789 322771) the Parish Clerk for information about the requirements to keep the meeting Covid-secure.

Please go to https://www.mardenherefordshire-pc.gov.uk/minutes/ for the agendas

Parish Council meetings will be on the second Monday at 7.45 pm: 11 October, 8 November, 13 December (if required).

Community Facilities Meeting: Tuesday 21 September at 7.00 pm by Zoom. Please contact the Parish Clerk (parish.clerk@mardenherefordshire-pc.gov.uk) for the login details if you wish to attend.

Fundraising Group Meeting: Thursday 18 November at 7.45 pm in Community Centre Hall.

Environment & Sustainability Group Meeting: To be arranged by Zoom. Please contact Rod Lees (rodlees1234@btinternet.com) for log-in details if you wish to attend.

Neighbourhood Development Plan Review Group: The review process has been stopped until further notice on the advice of Herefordshire Council. Due to the ongoing River Lugg phosphate issue, new/review NDPs cannot meet the Basic Conditions required at Regulation 16 and Examination.

About the Council

The Marden Parish Council meets monthly, with extra meetings if required for responses to planning applications. The May meeting includes the Annual Parish Council Meeting, which is preceded by the Annual Parish Meeting. The meetings in August and December may be cancelled if not required for planning. All meetings start at 19:30 hours, unless otherwise advertised. All meetings take place in the Community Centre unless otherwise advertised and parishioners are encouraged to attend. Currently all meetings take place in the Community Centre hall and start at 19:00 hours.

The meetings cover a wide range of topics, ranging from those for which the Council has a statutory duty to an open session, when any observations or suggestions from members of the Parish may be aired. In addition, the public may raise any matter at any time with a Parish Councillor or with the Clerk outside of a regular meeting.

Some examples of the Parish Council’s activities are given below. The Parish Council is responsible for setting the Marden precept which is recovered from parish householders via Herefordshire Council Tax. The Council makes recommendations to Herefordshire Council on planning applications, based on the impact such applications may have on the community and the local services. It supports local community groups and has the responsibility for paying for the maintenance of the Old Churchyard.

Under the Lengthsman Scheme, the Parish Council directs the contractor to undertake work on the road verges, drains, footpath work and other areas not the responsibility of house owners. This work is funded by the parish council under an Annual Maintenance Plan with Herefordshire Council. The Parish Council liaises regularly with the Balfour Beatty Locality Steward to highlight road repairs needed on the  roads and with Herefordshire Council about resurfacing and major road work, an on-going problem at this time. It also keeps advised of the work of the Environment Agency where local matters are concerned.

The Parish Council may consist of up to 11 members. If you are interested in being Co-opted as a member of the Council in the future, please contact the Parish Clerk. The Ward Councillor attends the Parish Council Meetings, together with the Parish Footpath Officer.

The official address for the Parish Council is: Marden Parish Clerk, 7 John Davies Place, Westcroft, Leominster, HR6 8JD. Tel: 07789 322771. Email: parish.clerk@mardenherefordshire-pc.gov.uk