Situated in Worcestershire, just south of Kidderminster and Stourport, the parish of Hartlebury is an extensive, varied rural community.
The Parish Council is the first tier of local government administration and has 13 Parish Councillors; unpaid volunteers who serve the local community in 4-year terms. The current Council was elected in May 2011 and the next elections are scheduled for May 2015. The Council meets on the first Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. All meetings are open to the public and at the start of every meeting half-an-hour is set aside to take points or questions from parishioners.
The Council employs a part-time Clerk to administer its business and act as its financial officer. At present this is Brian Gale. The Clerk is the first point of contact for all Parish Council business, both from parishioners and from other local councils, MP, statutory bodies, etc. (You can find his contact details at the ‘contact’ button above.) The Council receives its sole funding from a small section of the Council Tax residents pay (called the ‘precept’) and sets its own budget each year. In recent years Hartlebury PC has kept its precept at a steady level – approximately £22,000 p.a.
The Council has a series of duties/responsibilities in the local area – for example, maintaining open spaces, churchyards, allotments, etc – and some very limited powers. It also manages, at a local level, some County and District Council tasks; for example, some footpath maintenance via the Lengthsman scheme. The Council can raise matters on behalf of the community and residents and can lobby the District or County Councils and their departments, as well as other local businesses or organisations, about a range of matters. This might include: development plans, finances, future plans, footpaths, traffic problems, signage, etc.
The Council has to be consulted about all local planning applications and it seeks to exert some influence on behalf of local people. However, it is simply a consultee and can only express its view/opinion. It may have influence in decisions made about housing, development, building, etc, but has no power in relation to planning applications. This can sometimes be a bit frustrating for Councillors, as it can for parishioners, who have come to believe Parish Councillors have greater powers.
Hartlebury Parish Council is, however, currently (early 2015) working with parishioners to produce a ‘Parish Plan’. This is a document describing Hartlebury, the community and its environs along with a statement about its wishes regarding planning and future development. This can be incorporated into District Council Planning protocols in order to have some influence over plans, so that developers understand the wishes and ambitions of local people before making planning applications locally.
We hope you find this website useful and easy to navigate. The agendas and minutes of all Council meetings are posted here on the site. Amongst other information there are contact details for the Clerk and the Chairman and Councillors, and a list of local organisations and who to call about a variety of matters including speeding, traffic, litter and landfill smells.
This important parish document will be available from
15 August 2016 – 25 September 2016.
Please take the time to read it and give us your feedback.
Printed copies may be seen at the Post Office, The White Hart, The Tap House, The Mare and Colt, DeBeers, The Shed, St. James’s Church, Hartlebury Parish Hall, The Royal Spice, Hartlebury Castle, Stourport Equestrian Centre and Hartlebury C of E primary School.
Any feedback and comments should be submitted in writing to:
Brian Gale, Clerk to the Council 20 Blakebrook, Kidderminster DY11 6AP or to: email@example.com
by 26 September 2016
The Council has from time to time received complaints about people who let their dogs foul the paths and verges and who don't clear up after them. We have received complaints again recently.This is a polite, but firm, reminder: Please make sure you do not let your dog foul. Please clean up afterward.
...and if you are a passer-by who sees someone not clearing up - take a moment to have a quiet, polite word.
The audit of the parish council accounts for the period 2015-16 has now been completed.
Message from Mercia Waste Management
I am writing to all residents close to the EnviRecover Energy from Waste (EfW) facility to advise about the programme for commissioning and commencement of operations at the plant later this year...
Hartlebury Common has recently been revitalised thanks to a remarkable contribution from local volunteers.
During June a total of 8 crimes have been recorded in the parish and the vast majority of them were related to sheds, garages and outside spaces. Not all events resulted in loss of property but some were successful. So do please take care - be alert and make sure all parts of your premises are as secure as possible, especially overnight.