Denton a village in South Norfolk, England

Denton Parish Council

The 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.

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 planning committee meetings.

The Council would encourage residents to take part in the "Community Governance Review" currently being conducted by South Norfolk Council. Details appear on a Special Page.

The Council sponsors this website in the past has published a Village Directory.

Who is on the Parish Council?

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.

Parish Clerk

The Council employs a part-time Clerk to provide administrative support.

Jackie Ellis

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.

Next meeting: Tuesday, 11th April.

Agenda for that meeting.

Most recent ordinary meeting: Tuesday, 14th March.

Draft minutes of that meeting will appear here shortly.

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 – 10th May 2016.

Minutes Archive

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.

Council Finance

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.

Parish Meetings

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 2016 meeting was held on Thursday 10th March.

This was the Agenda for that Meeting.

Residents are urged to come along, find out more and put their points of view forward.

Joint Meetings

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 Community Centre, Wortwell on Monday 14th November starting at 7.30 pm.


One power that parish councils do possess is the provision of allotments for local residents. DPC recently decided to make some plots, four initially, available on the old allotment land between the playing field and Rogerson's Wood. So far three have been allocated leaving one plot available.

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.

Council History

Pages in the History Section provide historical information on the council's activities, details of former members etc.

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