• Serving You
  • Action Plan
  • Code of Conduct
  • Publication Scheme
  • Standing Orders
  • Quality Status
  • Legal Notices

What are we?

Parish and town councils are the first tier of local government. We deliver a vast range of services at a community level. There are around 10,000 community, parish and town councils in England and Wales, made up of nearly 100,000 councillors. These first-tier councils can respond to the needs of the community – delivering the services or representation it most needs.

There is a three-tiered structure of local government:

Town/Parish/Community Council

District/Borough Council

County Council

How parish councils work

The Parish Council is the local authority for the village of Hempnall and provides a range of social and recreational facilities. It also promotes the interests of the village in its representations to other bodies. It works in partnership with the larger District Council, County Council and other organisations and agencies to provide and supplement services within the village area.

Parish councils are statutory bodies. Members are elected for a term of four years and councils are funded principally by an annual precept. Income and expenditure for the next financial year are calculated in the form of estimates. The net amount (the precept) is added to council tax, collected by the county, borough or district council (principal authorities) and paid to parishes in two six-monthly instalments.

All our business is conducted in accordance with the Code of Conduct based upon Statutory Instrument 3576 of 2001 and in accordance with the Parish Council's Standing Orders. You are entitled to information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 in accordance with our publication scheme.

 For information on becoming a councillor click here and consider joining this Local Council Award Scheme council.

Who are we?

The Parish Council comprises 9 councillors who are elected every four years. Each year the Parish Council elects from amongst its number the Chairman and the Deputy Chairman. Members are not paid by the Parish Council and do not receive any attendance allowance for their duties. The Parish Council employs one part time Clerk.


When and where do we meet?

The Parish Council meets at least six times a year and has a sub committee called the Playingfield Users Association which deals with the running of Hempnall Playingfield. Agendas for the Council and Committees are available to the public three clear days before the meeting date and can be inspected on the Parish Council Notice Board and on this website. Meetings are open to the public and are generally held in The Mill Centre, Mill Rd, Hempnall.


What do we do?

The Parish Council is responsible for a number of services and duties within the village, these include:

  • To listen to and act on local issues protecting and promoting local interests
  • Setting the precept (the amount of Council Tax that is spent specifically under the control of the Parish Council)
  • Consideration of local planning applications
  • Grass cutting - playing field, churchyard, Mill Centre
  • Street lighting - Rowland Drive, Mill Fields
  • Maintenance of churchyard walls
  • Maintenance of bus shelters
  • Provision and maintenance of safe play areas
  • Conservation
  • Provision of Tree Wardens
  • Maintenance of War Memorial
  • Liaison with other authorities re footpaths, roads, hedges, dogs, traffic, noise.
  • Representation on local charities, sporting and social committees.
  • Stewardship of public land
  • Making and upholding bye-laws
  • Police community consultation
  • Maintenance of financial records (Audited annually)
  • Informing other authorities of local needs
  • Input to local signeage
  • Street furniture
  • Inspection of Recycling Centre
  • Provision of grants/funding for village improvements
  • Litter clearance

Can I take part?

Click here for leaflet on public participation



Click here for a copy of the latest parish council action plan.

Hempnall Parish Council adopted the Code of Conduct detailed below at a meeting held on 10th June 2012. If you have any queries regarding the conduct of Parish Councillors, in the first instance, please contact either the Councillor concerned, the Chairman or the Clerk of the Hempnall Parish Council. If the matter is not resolved to your satisfaction you also have the right to contact the Standards Officer at South Norfollk District Council, Swan Lane, Long Stratton NR15 2XE


Click here to view the The Register of Member's Interets


Hempnall Parish Council's Publication Scheme 

 HEMPNALL PARISH COUNCIL has selected the following options within the model publication scheme for local councils.   

Mandatory Core Classes of Information

 1)                 Council Internal Practice and Procedure


    Minutes of Council, Committee and Sub-Committee meetings - limited to the last 2 years

       Procedural Standing Orders

       Councils Annual Report to Parish Meeting. 

2)                 Code of Conduct. 

       Members Declaration of Acceptance of Office

       Members Register of Interests


 3)                 Periodic Electoral Review

 This is information concerning changes to the electoral arrangements for parish, town and community councils. It includes recommendations for the creation of new wards, the amendment of existing wards, proposals for the names of new wards and alterations to the number of councillors to be elected to the council. Information relating to the last Periodic Electoral Review of the council area Information relating to the latest boundary review of the council area.

 A matter for South Norfolk District Council  

4)                 Employment Practice and Procedure

 Terms and Conditions of Employment

Job Descriptions

5)                 Planning Documents

Responses to Planning Applications

6)            Audit and Accounts  


            Annual return form - limited to the last financial year

Annual Statutory report by auditor (internal and external) - limited to the last financial year

Receipt/Payment books, receipt books of all kinds, Bank Statements from all accounts - limited to the last financial year.

Precept request - limited to the last financial year

VAT records - limited to the last financial year

Financial Standing Orders and Regulations

Assets register

Risk Assessments

  Signature G Moulton - Chairman

    I Nelson - Clerk

Date  26 November 2002


 Declaration Form

 Name of Public Authority – Hempnall Parish Council

Address: Karinya, Bungay Road, Hempnall, Norwich, NR15 2NG

has adopted the model scheme titled  Hempnall Parish Council's Publication Scheme produced in accordance with section 20 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and will publish information in accordance with that scheme.


Signature    Ian Nelson

Position       Parish Clerk

Date 26.11.2002

 The contact details for the person/official who will be responsible for maintaining the publication scheme and who should be contacted if any issues arise concerning the organisation's compliance with the Freedom of Information Act are:

 Name     Mr Ian Nelson

Position     Parish Clerk

Address     Karinya, Bungay Road, Hempnall, Norwich, NR15 2NG

Contact telephone number :-  01508 498467

E-Mail address  :-  


Our meetings are conducted in accordance with our adopted Standing Orders and Chairmanship Guidence. Click here for a copy.

A commitment to excellence for your community

We know that local councils are at the very heart of their communities; giving neighbourhoods a voice and making people more involved in the decisions that affect them. Over 15 million people (35% of the population) live in the communities served by local councils. Local councils want to serve their communities as best they can and make a real difference to the lives of the people that live there.

Hempnall Parish Council was awarded Quality Status in 2007 and requalified in 2011. This Scheme was replaced in 2015 with the Local Council Award Scheme

The new Local Council Award Scheme has been designed to celebrate the successes of the very best local councils, and to provide a framework to support all local councils to improve and develop to meet their full potential. The scheme offers councils the opportunity to show that they meet the standards set by the sector, assessed by their peers, and to put in place the conditions for continued improvement.

In order to achieve Foundation Statusin the Local Council Award Scheme, parish and town councils must demonstrate that they have reached the standard required by passing several tests. These cover the following areas:

  • Standing orders and financial regulations
  • Code of Conduct and a link to councillors’ registers of interests
  • Publication scheme
  • Annual return
  • Transparent information about council payments
  • Calendar of all meetings including the annual meeting of electors
  • Minutes for full council meetings and (if relevant) all committee and sub-committee meetings
  • Current agendas
  • The budget and precept information for the current or next financial year
  • Complaints procedure
  • Risk management scheme
  • Register of assets
  • Contracts for all members of staff