Denton Parish Council
Denton has a parish council of seven members elected all together every four years. Casual vacancies are normally filled by co-option. Parish councillors serve on a voluntary basis but the council employs a part-time clerk to provide administrative support.
The latest election should have taken place on May 7th last year, the same day as the general and district council elections, but there were only five nominations for the seven places. The two remaining places were filled by co-option.
The next elections will be in May 2019.
Peter Hill has recently resigned from the Council. There is thus currently a vacancy which will be filled, in due course, by co-option.
Further information about the elections and the role of parish councillors is provided on the Elections Page.
Parish councils have a limited range of powers but they do have a vital role to play in representing the views and interests of the local community.
They have a statutory right to be consulted by other bodies, notably the county and district councils, on issues affecting the village.
In particular they are consulted on all planning applications that affect the parish and have speaking rights at the District Council's planning committee meetings.
The Council have encouraged residents to take part in the "Community Governance Review" currently being conducted by South Norfolk Council. Details appear on a Special Page.
Perhaps the most interesting issue before the Council at the moment is a possible change to the parish boundary which would transfer eight properties from Earsham to Denton.
If this is approved by the relevant bodies, the District Council and the Local Government Boundary Commission, it will come into force in 2019.
Further details are available in a News Item.
The Council sponsors this website and in the past published a Village Directory.
Who is on the Parish Council?
- Mrs Kay Wiltshire (Chair) – Tel: 01986 788583, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Mr Terry Hanner (Vice-Chair) – Tel: 01986 788414
- Mrs Zoe Brown - Tel: 01986 788011
- Mr Roger Gibson – Tel: 01986 788502
- Mr Peter Grant – Tel: 01508 482598
- Mrs Kerry Norfolk – Tel: 01986 788170
Councillors are bound by a Code of Conduct which can be viewed on a Separate Page.
All councillors are required to complete a Declaration of Interest laying out their ownership of land in the parish and any other interests which might be relevant. The returns from members of Denton PC can be seen on the South Norfolk Council website.
The Council employs a part-time Clerk to provide administrative support.
5 Henry Ward Road, Harleston, IP20 9EZ.
Tel: 01379 852021.
The Council is a member of the Norfolk Association of Local Councils.
When are Meetings held?
Parish council meetings are held once a month in Denton Village Hall on the second Tuesday of each month (normally apart from August and December). Last year a meeting was held in August but not in September.
Members of the public are always welcome to attend. There two items on the agenda which gives residents the opportunity to bring any relevant issues to the attention of councillors.
Next meeting: Tuesday, 10th October.
Agenda for that meeting.
Most recent ordinary meeting: Tuesday, 12th September.
The Draft Minutes of that meeting.
Council Annual Meetings
The Council holds an Annual Meeting, normally in May, when the Chairman and Vice-Chairman are elected etc.
Agenda for the last Annual Meeting – 9th May 2017.
The conduct of all council meetings is controlled by a set of Standing Orders.
The minutes of previous meetings since 2007 can be found in the Minutes Archive.
How the Council Pays its Way
Each year the Council funds its activities by precepting a sum of money, £3,137 for the current 2016/17 financial year, from the district council. This compares with £3,000 last year.
It is collected as part of all parish households' Council Tax. This equates to £21.93 for a typical, Band D, property. The equivalent figure for 2014/15 was £20.41. This is added to £1,190.79 for the County Council (up 3.99%), £212.94 for the Police Authority (up 2.0%) and £135.00 for the District Council (up 3.0%) to make a total payment of £1,560.66. The comparable figure for 2015/16 was £1,504.96. The average town or parish council share of the council tax for a Band D property across the whole of South Norfolk this year is £66.68.
Further information on the Council Tax system and details of the current year's budget appear on the PC Finance Page.
Details of the Council's finances, budgets and accounts, are available on the PC Finance Page.
The formal notice of access to the accounts and the auditors is now available on a Special Page.
The Council also organises an Annual Parish Meeting each year, normally in April, where the Parish Council report back on their activities during the year and any items of general interest can be discussed.
The 2017 meeting was held on Thursday 11th April.
This is the Agenda for that Meeting.
Residents are urged to come along, find out more and put their points of view forward.
Occasionally, joint meetings are held for the five parishes that make up the Earsham district council ward – Alburgh, Earsham, Topcroft and Wortwell as well Denton. Guest speakers are invited and issues of common concern discussed. These meetings are open to the public.
The next meeting will be held at The Village Hall, Alburgh on Tuesday, 7th November starting at 7.30 pm.
One power that parish councils do possess is the provision of allotments for local residents. DPC currently provides four plots, available on the old allotment land between the playing field and Rogerson's Wood.
Parishoners interested in renting a plot should contact the Chairman or Clerk.
Access to Information
Under the Public Information Act the Council is required to publish details of what information it holds and how the public can gain access to it. This is provided on the next page.