Vacancies on the Parish Council

Join and be an active member of our local community and help us with crime and safety, planning issues, environment, highways and local services.

You must:
• be over 21 and on the electoral register or a resident of the Parish or live within three miles of the Parish as the crow flies or own a business in the Parish
• be able to attend evening meetings every month
• have an interest in local issues
• have a desire to improve the quality of life in the Parish
• be able to represent the views of local people

The position is unpaid and voluntary, but some expenses such as training are paid for by the Parish Council.

For further details contact the Parish Clerk.

Neighbourhood Development Plan – Can you help?

The Parish Council are looking to produce a Neighbourhood Development Plan.  This is a statutory document that will set out a vision for the future of the parishes, along with policies on:

  • where development should go
  • what sort of facilities need to be provided
  • what improvements are needed in the area

The aim is to make Norton, Linton and Brockhampton better places to live, work and visit.

A Steering Group is being formed to develop the plan with representatives from across the group parish and consisting of both parish councillors and members of the public.

If you have an interest in your local area and can spare a few hours or more, please contact the Parish Clerk for further details.

Proposed Community Governance Review for BGPC

Herefordshire Council are proposing to undertake a Community Governance Review which would consider the number of Councillors sitting on Brockhampton Group Parish Council.
Currently there are 15 seats to represent the three Parishes of Norton, Linton and Brockhampton. This is quite a large number for a Parish with such a low population and consequently BGPC have found it difficult to fill all of the available seats.

Herefordshire Council is looking to undertake a full consultation process to take account of the views of local people.  The Council is required to consult the local government electors for the area under review and any other person or body who appears to have an interest in the review and to take the representations that are received into account.  The Council will also identify any other person or body who it feels may have an interest in the review and write to them inviting them to submit their views at both stages of consultation.

Further details can be found in the attached Draft Terms of Reference.

Local school judged “Good”

Ofsted have judged Brockhampton Primary School to be “Good” in all areas following their latest inspection in July.

Placed in “Special Measures” in 2016, Ofsted schedule a maximum of five termly visits to move it out of this lowest category; Brockhampton has achieved it in three and taken only eighteen months to do so.

Inspectors reported that since the previous inspection, “the quality of teaching and learning has improved considerably” and that across the school “teaching is good…pupils make good progress and academic standards at the end of Key Stages 1 and 2 are above average.” They also commented on improvements to attendance, punctuality, subject leadership and that children feel safe with “considerate behaviour the norm.”

The whole school community is naturally delighted with the outcome and are looking forward to moving the school on to even bigger and better things. Visitors are always more than welcome to see the school in action. For further information on the school visit their website.