Hamsterley Parish Council 2014. Front row from left: Rachel Atkinson, Jane Bee (Chairman), Susan Heslop, Julia Hunter. Behind from left: Simon Raine, Jonathan Peacock (Dominic Bayne, Vice Chairman elect, was unable to be present)
The Parish Clerk is Caroline Peacock, from whom contact details for any of the above may be requested. Please contact her via firstname.lastname@example.org or 01388 488305.
Hamsterley Parish Council meets on the second Monday of alternate months, starting with January, at 7pm in the Village Hall. The venue is very occasionally changed to the Sunday School Room beside the Methodist Church if the Hall is unavailable.
The Annual General Meeting is held in May.
Meetings are advertised one week in advance, when the Agenda is displayed on the Village notice-board near the telephone box in the main street. Anyone who wishes to raise a matter at a Parish Council meeting should therefore notify one of the Councillors (rather than the Clerk) at least a week before any Parish Council Meeting.
The Parish Council’s duties are to manage the affairs of the Village, including maintaining the tidy and attractive appearance of the Village, with special responsibility for the care of the historic Village Greens, to consider planning applications and make recommendations to the County Council accordingly, and to deal with requests, suggestions and complaints from parishioners.
Parishioners – and indeed any persons who are interested – are welcome to attend any Parish Council Meeting, but they will not normally be permitted to speak or ask questions unless invited by the Chairman to do so. The one occasion when this rule does not apply is at the AGM in May, when any person may ask questions of the Councillors.
The Parish Council bank account is held at Barclays Bank in Bishop Auckland. The auditors are BDO Stoy Hayward and details of the Annual Audit are available for inspection on application to the Clerk.
Parish Councils are empowered to raise money for their activities through a tax (the ‘precept’) on the village residents and this is collected on their behalf as part of the County Council Tax. The current local precept is £2500 per annum.
There is a Freedom of Information document about both the Parish and the Parish Council on display in the entrance of the Village Hall.
Please apply to the Clerk if you have any further questions.