Old Catton Minutes

Old Catton Parish Council has a number of responsibilities within the Parish. These include looking after the recreation grounds in Church Street and Lavaré Park, including the two pavilions, football and cricket pitches, tennis courts, bowling-green and children's play areas. The Council also looks after most of the street lighting, notice boards, bus shelters, village sign, church-yard, war memorial and cemetery.

A full Parish Council meeting takes place on the second Monday of the month in the Pavilion on Church Street Recreation Ground at 7pm. It is at this meeting that members of the public are invited to contribute views, comments and suggestions.


The new Local Council Award Scheme was launched by Norfolk Association of Local Councils (NALC) in January 2015.  With the creation of the new award, any Council holding the Quality Parish Status was invited to change their award to Foundation Award, the Clerk undertook enrolment and Old Catton Parish Council are currently at Foundation Award level.
There are three levels of the new award – level one Foundation, level two Quality and level three Gold.



Are you interested in joining Old Catton Parish Council?

Old Catton Parish Council serves a population of 6,100 people. There are 13 Councillors who represent the entire parish. The Parish Council is responsible for setting the annual precept and these funds are used to provide parish services, including the Recreation Ground, The Cemetery, Lavaré Park, bus stops, street lighting (some), and the maintenance of the closed churchyard and the village sign. Additionally, the Council undertakes the highway verge cutting via an agency agreement with Norfolk County Council.

A Councillor is a member of the Council and is normally elected for a term of four years. People of any political or religious persuasion are eligible to become a Councillor, although their personal views should not extend into their Parish Council work.

In May 2019 all Parish Councillors will go through an election process.

Becoming a Parish Councillor is a rewarding and valued form of public service. All Councillors contribute to the work of the Parish Council by:

• Having a say about the things they care about
• Putting forward ideas for better services
• Responding to the needs and views of parishioners
• Seeking the best outcome to local issues
• Getting involved in decision making
• Helping to make Old Catton a better place to live

The Parish Council normally meet on the second Monday of the month, meetings commence at 7pm at The Pavilion, Recreation Ground, Church Street. Old Catton. Councillors are expected to attend meetings on a regular basis.

We would like to encourage prospective Parish Councillors to come along to our 11th March meeting . We will be there a little earlier than usual (from 6.45pm) to chat informally over a coffee.

You can read about the forthcoming election process on the Electoral Commission website www.electoralcommission.org.uk



The results mean that there is one Councillor vacancy on the Parish Council from 2nd May 2019.  Please contact us if you would like to join the Parish Council.


The Role of a Councillor

Councillors are elected to represent the interests of the local parish and the people who live in it. The number of elected Councillors depends on the size of the area. In Old Catton we have 13 Councillors.
Local Councils are the first tier of governance and are the first point of contact for anyone concerned with a community issue. In order to understand and represent local views and priorities, you need to build strong relationships and encourage local people to make their views known and engage with you and the Council. Good communication and engagement are central to being an effective Councillor.
As a Councillor you will have many different roles to balance. As a local elected representative, you will engage with residents and groups on a wide range of different issues. At the Council you will contribute to the development of policies and strategies, including budget setting and you may be involved in scrutinising Council decisions or taking decisions on planning or licensing applications.
Councillors must abide by a Code of Conduct; a set of rules on how Councillors are expected to behave. They must also declare their pecuniary (financial) interests in the parish.
Being a Parish Councillor can be an interesting and rewarding experience.