About the Council


How the Council Works

The Parish Council has 9 members and meets approximately 25 times a year.  The main areas of responsibility are summarised below


Planning Issues.

The Council considers all planning applications in the Parish and more details are on the Planning page.

All other planning issues that affect the Parish are monitored and considered by the Council and appropriate responses to consultations


 are submitted. These include the Local Plan (being produced by HDC), the local Highways Strategy and developments in neighbouring

 Parishes.

In 2012 the Parish Council set up a Working Group to produce the Neighbourhood Plan for the Parish. 

See Neighbourhood Plan for more information


Rights of Way and Waterways

The Council maintains the Parish's green spaces and network of footpaths and liaises with Cambridgeshire County Council

and Huntingdonshire District Council on rights of way and highway issues.  

It works closely with the Environment Agency and local landowners to ensure waterways and drainage ditches are kept clear in

order to minimise the risk of flooding.


Playing Field and Pavilion

The Parish owns the Pavilion and manages its maintenance, letting and cleaning.

The Western half of the playing field is owned by the Parish and the Eastern half is leased from the local owners.

It works closely with the Sports Clubs, who use the Playing Field, and is responsible for the care and maintenance of the playing facilities.

Cemetery

The cemetery is the responsibility of the Council and is managed by the Parish Clerk.

Village Assets

The Parish Council is responsible for various assets in the Parish which include Potto Brown's statue, the Clock Tower 

and associated street furniture on the Green.


Our meetings are open to all 

There is a "Public Comment" item on the agenda of every meeting which allows any member of the public to speak to the meeting.

 Meetings are generally held in the Memorial Hall with smaller committee meetings being in the Hadley Room.


Agendas 

Agendas are published at least 3 days before each meeting and are posted on the Parish Council Notice Boards and on this website

under "Meetings and Minutes" . 

You can also subscribe to an automated service that will send you agendas of upcoming meetings by email - to register for this service click here.


Minutes 

Minutes are published in draft normally within 10 days of the meeting. Draft minutes are posted on the Parish Council Notice Boards

and on this website in the Meetings and Minutes section. 

Final signed versions of the minutes are available for viewing at Ye Olde Village Shoppe at The Green, Houghton. 

Click here to see minutes.


The Parish Council Notice Boards 

The Parish Council Noticeboard is at The Green, Houghton. Noticeboards where the public can put notices on, providing the 

notices are not political, are at Manor Close and Loxley Green in Wyton, The Green and Hill Estate in Houghton


Documents

The Standing Orders, Financial Regulations and other detailed rules that the Parish Council operates by are shown in the

Document Library section.

Parish Councils are the most local tier of government. Responsibility for providing facilities and services for our parish

is divided between central government, Cambridgeshire County Council (CCC) and Huntingdonshire District Council (HDC)

and Houghton and Wyton Parish Council.


Other Parish Council Roles

Although not Parish Councillors, the following roles also provide very valuable assistance to the Parish Council.


Tree Warden,  currently Graham Adams - 01480


CALC Representative - position open.