Various pieces of government legislation govern the way in
which councils operate. Many of these documents require updating
on an annual or as-required basis when the core legislation is
updated or circumstances change withing the council. The below
list is not exhaustive nor are all the policies and procedures
applicable to every council.
Policies and Procedures
Code Of Conduct
Community Governance Review
Disciplinary Policy and Procedure
Freedom of Information Act Inventory
Risk Assessment and Policy
Staff and Member Training Policy
Social Media Policy
General Data Protection Regulation Policy
Retention Of Documents Policy
Computer and Telephone Misuse Policy
Employee Privacy Statement
Information Protection Policy
Councillor Privacy Statement
Removable Media Policy
Meetings, Agenda and Minutes 2021
Due to the current COVID-19 Pandemic all future Parish Council Meetings will take place via Zoom.
Meetings are normally held two-monthly on the third Thursday of alternate months at 6.30 pm in the Parish Hall and members of the public are always welcome to attend.
A short period of time is put aside at the beginning of each meeting for anyone who wishes to address the Council on matters that appear on the Agenda.
Hepscott Parish Council amalgamates its Annual Parish Meeting and its Annual Parish Council so the documents under these headings are duplicated because to merge the cells in the table would mean that the table ceased to be accessible.
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Hepscott Parish Council provides a number of services, some of which have been transferred recently from Northumberland County Council control. These services are either owned or managed by the Parish Council which aims to maintain them efficiently within the constraints of its financial budget.
Hepscott Village Hall
The Village Hall and car park belong to Hepscott Parish and are managed by the Hall Management Committee. The Hall is the venue for council and other meetings and is also used as a polling station. A large range of social/recreational activities take place there and it can be hired at reasonable rates.
The Parish Council took the brave decision to demolish the former primary school/chapel and replace it with the present Parish Hall. The roof slates and stone window sills were reused in the new building and a number of items of historical interest such as a memorial plaque for the fallen can be seen inside.
There is a full programme of activities throughout the week with quilting classes, bridge classes and practice sessions, an art group, keep fit class, tai chi class and yoga class. On the last Tuesday of each month there is a “Village Tea” to enable residents to meet each other in a warm friendly atmosphere – the food is great too!
There are also regular fund raising activities in the hall – quizzes, concerts, coffee mornings, wine tasting, Christmas wreath making, race nights, etc.
Social life within the village centres on the Hepscott Parish Village Hall (northumberlandlife.org) and Hepscott Parish Hall - Home | Facebook
Public Open Areas and Woodland
Several public areas in Hepscott are provided and supported by the Parish Council which uses a large proportion of its budget to pay for extra grass-cutting, hedge-trimming and tree maintenance.
HPC are responsible for the maintenance of village roadside seats such as those which have been donated by organisations to commemorate historical events.
Five bus shelters are provided and maintained for the convenience of passengers. Please report any damage or graffiti to Hepscott Parish Council.
Dog and Litter Bins
Dog bins are provided and maintained for the sizeable number of dogs being walked in the Parish.
Also litter bins are provided throughout the Parish for the disposal of litter and these can also be used for wrapped dog waste.
Two Notice Boards in Hepscott Village and Stobhill Manor are supplied and maintained by Hepscott Parish Council. They advertise local events and display information about Council activities.
Hepscott Parish Council manages Stobhill Manor Play Area which is regularly inspected and offers safe play activities for young children.
Village Clean-up Day
Once a year in the spring HPC organises a clean-up day. Residents are asked to volunteer to collect their litter-pickers, rubbish bags and gloves from outside the Village Hall and help tidy up their local area. If you are interested in helping please look for the date in the Hepscott Herald
The ‘Hepscott Herald’ is a community newspaper provided by Hepscott Parish Council. It is distributed widely throughout the Parish and is free of charge.
Back issues can be found in our Archive.