Parish Council and Meetings
Dickleburgh and Rushall Parish Councillors work to serve their local communities, providing street lighting, play areas, environmental improvements, support to community groups, maintaining common land and a range of other community-based activities.
The Parish Council meetings are normally held on the second Monday of every month, except August at the Village Centre. Once a year (usually in June) the Council meets in Rushall. The main Parish Council meeting is where the Council makes all its decisions. The public and press are very welcome to attend all our meetings. The first 15 minutes of every meeting are for public participation. It is your opportunity to raise issues with the Parish Council from the published agenda for that month.
The Village Centre Committee meets on the Tuesday preceding the second Monday of every month. The Committee is currently working on a development project for the Village Centre and considers all matters relating to managing the Centre.
The Planning Committee meet occasionally to discuss planning matters that cannot be dealt with within the scheduled Parish Council Meetings.
Once a year there is an Annual Parish Meeting, held in the Spring. It’s the community’s opportunity to come and raise important issues, inform other community groups about their group and share information.
The minutes and agendas from all the meetings can be accessed from the MEETINGS section of the Parish Council menu.
In December, every year, the Parish Council sets its budget for the forthcoming financial year. The budget forms the basis of the precept request made to South Norfolk Council.
For all other information, please contact Ann Baker, the Parish Clerk, on 01379 742937, or email@example.com
Parish Council meeting dates for 2020/21/22
Monday 13th January 2020
Monday 10th February
Monday 9th March
Monday 6th April
Monday 27th April - PARISH MEETING
Monday 11th May - Parish Council AGM
Monday 15th June - in Rushall Church
Monday 13th July
Monday 14th September
Monday 12th October
Monday 9th November
Monday 14th December
Monday 11th January 2021
Monday 8th February 2021
Monday 8th March 2021
Monday 12th April 2021
Monday 26th April The Annual Parish Meeting
Monday 10th May 2021 Annual Parish Council Meeting
14th June 2021 at Rushall Church
12th July 2021
13th September 2021
8th November 2021
13th December 2021
10th January 2022
14th February 2022
14th March 2022
2022 & 2023 Meeting Dates dates Click HERE
The Parish Council is responsible for:
upkeep of the village street lighting
the recreation ground
the play area
commenting on planning applications
the war memorial
the village notice boards
general maintenance around the village
St. Clements Common, Rushall
The Role of the Clerk
The Clerk is the ‘Proper Officer’ of the Council who is responsible for the smooth running of the Council’s business. He/she is the first point of contact for the Council and all correspondence comes to the Clerk.
Responsibility for implementing the decisions of the Council rests with the Clerk along with giving professional guidance where necessary whilst remaining neutral and discrete. Usually the Clerk is also responsible for financial management, DRPC has a Recognised Financial Officer.
The Clerk prepares, circulates and displays agendas in public places. She/he signs notices and summonses with a list of business to be transacted but does not have the power to fix the meetings of the Council. The Clerk is required to attend meetings, take minutes, keep Council minutes in a book and hold other documents.
A member of the Council may be appointed as Clerk without remuneration but nowadays it is more usual to appoint someone who is not a councillor to be paid for the work they undertake.
The Role of a Councillor
A councillor is a member of the council and is normally elected for a term of four years. People of any political or religious persuasion are eligible to become a councillor, although their personal views should not extend into their parish council work. A councillor is an unpaid voluntary role.
They are elected to represent the interests of the local community as a whole and promote a harmonious local environment. The number of elected councillors depends on the size of the area. In Dickleburgh and Rushall we are able to have 9 councillors.
Local councils are the first tier of governance and are the first point of contact for anyone concerned with a community issue. They are democratically elected local authorities and exist in England, Wales and Scotland. The term ‘local council’ is synonymous with ‘parish council’, ‘town council’ and ‘community council’.