Parish Council

 

Creating a spirit within our community that is always friendly and welcoming.


As of April 1, 2017 Henley's Parish Councillors are Kevin Griggs, Steve Brock and Bryan Marks.

Martin Redbond and Alex Harrison have also joined the council as co-opted members.  There are two vacancies which we can fill by co-option; volunteers should contact the Clerk for more information.

The Chair is Kevin Griggs, who can be reached on 01473 831420, and the Deputy Chair is Steve Brock.  Both were elected at the Parish Council AGM on May 9, 2017

The Clerk to the Parish Council is Rod Caird, who can be contacted on 07785 331217, 01473 831172 or by email rodcaird@yahoo.co.uk.

The Parish Council email address is: henleyparishcouncil@gmail.com

If you would iike to contact any of the parish councillors, please email or phone the Clerk or use the general email address for Henley Parish Council here.

For information about Parish Councils in Mid Suffolk, including details of the Register of Parish Councillors' interests, follow this link:

http://www.midsuffolk.gov.uk/council-business/council-and-democracy/town-and-parish-councils/

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The Agenda for an additional meeting of Henley Parish Council on October 26, 2017, can be found here



The draft minutes of the Parish Council meeting held on September 12, 2017, can be read here, and the bank reconciliation for 2017-18 up to September 12, 2017, can be read here.



The report of the external audit of the Parish Council's accounts for 2016-17, together with the audit certificate, issues raised, governance statement and bank reconciliation, can be read here


 

The report of the internal audit of the Parish Council's accounts for 2016-17 can be read here

 


Click on the link for the Agenda of the Parish Council meeting on September 12, 2017


Click on the link for the Minutes of the Parish Council meeting held on August 1, 2017


Click on the link for the Minutes of the Parish Council meeting held on July 11, 2017


The Agenda for the meeting of Henley Parish Council on August 1, 2017, is here



Click on the link for the Minutes of the Annual Parish Meeting and Parish Council AGM on May 9, 2017


The Agenda for the meeting of Henley Parish Council on July 11, 2017 can be read here.


The Accounts of Henley Parish Council for 2016-17 are published here, and the Village Asset Register here


 

You can read all the reports presented to the Annual Parish Meeting in May 2017 here: Henley Senior Citizens, County Councillor Report, the Chairman's ReportHenley Folk NightHenley Community Centre, Henley Primary SchoolHOGSSt Peter's Churchthe WIHenley PlayersDistrict Councillors' Report 

 


Click on the link for the Minutes of the Parish Council Meeting held on April 24, 2017


 

Click on the link for the Agenda of the Annual Parish Meeting and Parish Council AGM on May 9, 2017


 

Click on the link for the Agenda of the Parish Council meeting on April 24, 2017



Click on the links to read the Parish Council Standing Orders, Financial Regulations and the Transparency Code


Click on the link to see the Parish Council Accounts up to March 20, 2017

 


Click on the highlight for the Minutes of the Parish Council Meeting on March 20, 2017

 


Click on the highlight for the Agenda of the Parish Council meeting on March 20, 2017


 

Click on the highlight for the Minutes of the Parish Council Meeting on February 27, 2017



Click on the highlight for the Agenda of the Parish Council Meeting on February 27, 2017


Click on the highlight for the Minutes of the Parish Council Meeting on February 8, 2017

 


Click on the highlight for the Agenda of the Parish Council Meeting on February 8, 2017


The Planning Inspector's decision document on the Cross Keys is available here

 


Click on the highlight for the Minutes of the Parish Council Meeting held on January 10, 2017


Click on the highlight for the Agenda of the Parish Council Meeting on January 10, 2017

 


Click on the highlight for the Minutes of the Parish Council Meeting held on November 8, 2016


Click on the highlight for the Agenda of the Parish Council Meeting on November 8, 2016

 


Click on the highight for the Minutes of the Parish Council Meeting on September 13, 2016

Click on the highlight for the

September District Councillors' Report

 


Click on the highlight for the Agenda of the Parish Council Meeting on September 13, 2016


Click on the highlight for the Minutes of the Parish Council Meeting on July 12, 2016

 


Click on the highlight for the Agenda of the Parish Council meeting to be held on July 12, 2016



 

Click on the highlights for:  Henley's Annual Accounts statement, Henley's detail on income and expenditure for 2015/16, the Asset Register, Risk Asssessment, Chairman's report, reports from The WI, Senior Citizens, HOGS, St Peter's Church, Bowls Club, Henley Community Centre, Henley Folk Night, Henley Primary School, the District Councillors' Report, the County Councillor's Report, Henley Players and Henley WEA

 


Click on the highlight for the Minutes of the AGM and Annual Village Meeting on May 10, 2016

 


Click on the highlight for the Agenda of the AGM of the PC and Annual Village Meeting on May 10, 2016

 


Click on the highlight for the Minutes of the Parish Council Meeting held on March 8, 2016 

 


Click on the highlight for the Agenda of the Parish Council Meeting to be held on March 8, 2016


Click on the highlight for the Minutes of the Parish Council Meeting held on January 12, 2016


Click on the highlight for the Agenda of the Parish Council Meeting to be held on January 12, 2016


Click on the highlight for the Minutes of the Parish Council Meeting held on November 10, 2015


Click on the highlight for the Agenda of the Parish Council Meeting to be held on November 10, 2015


 

Click on the highlight for the Minutes of the Parish Council Meeting held on October 27, 2015

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Click on the highlight for the Agenda of the Parish Council Meeting to be held on October 27, 2015


 

Click on the highlight for the Minutes of the Parish Council Meeting held on September 15, 2015


 

Click on the highlight for the Agenda of the Parish Council Meeting to be held on September 15, 2015


Click on the highlight for the Minutes of the Parish Council Meeting held on July 20, 2015


 

Click on the highlight for the Agenda of the Parish Council Meeting to be held on July 20, 2015


 

Click on the highlight for the Minutes of the Parish Council meeting held on June 22, 2015


Click on the highlight for the Agenda of the Parish Council Meeting to be held on June 22, 2015


Click on the highlight for the Minutes of the Parish Council AGM and Annual Parish Meeting held on Monday May 18, 2015; and click on the highlights for the annual reports presented at the meeting by:

The County Councillor, the District Councillors for Henley and Hemingstone, the Police, the Parish Council Chairman, the Community Centre, St Peter's Church, the WEA, Henley Players, the Yoga Group, the Bowls Club, the WI, the Senior Citizens, Senior Cits page 2, HOGS, HAFC, and Henley Folk Night.

 


 

Click here for info on how to be co-opted as a Parish Councillor

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Click for the Agenda of the Parish Council AGM and Annual Village Meeting

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Click for the official Notice of Vacancy for Parish Councillors

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Click for the Outcome of the Parish Council Election

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Click for this year's Notice of ElectionElection Timetable and Nomination Papers

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Click on the highlight for the Minutes of the Parish Council Meeting on March 9, 2015

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Click on the highlight for the Agenda of the Parish Council Meeting on March 9, 2015

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Click on the highight for the Minutes of the Parish Council Meeting on February 17, 2015

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Click on the highlight for the Agenda of the Parish Council Meeting on February 17, 2015

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Click on the highlight for the Minutes of the Parish Council meeting on January 12, 2015

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Click on the highlight for the Agenda of the Parish Council meeting on January 12, 2015

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Click on the highlight for the Minutes of the Parish Council meeting on December 22, 2014

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Click on the highlight for the Agenda of the Parish Council meeting on December 22, 2014

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Click on the highlight for the Minutes of the Parish Council meeting on December 2, 2014

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Click on the highlight for the Agenda of the Parish Council Meeting on December 2, 2014

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Click on the highlight for the Minutes of the Parish Council meeting on October 7, 2014

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Click on the highlight for the Agenda of the Parish Council meeting on October 7, 2014

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Click on the highlight for the Minutes of the Parish Council meeting on August 19, 2014

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Click on the highlight for the Agenda of the Parish Counci meeting on August 19, 2014

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Click on the highlight for the Minutes of the Parish Council meeting on July 8, 2014

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Click on the highlight for the Agenda of the Parish Council meeting on July 8, 2014

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Click on the highlight for Minutes of the Parish Council AGM and Village Meeting on May 13, 2014

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Minutes of the Parish Council Meeting on March 4, 2014 and reports here: https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/37699542/PC%20Minutes%20March%204%2C%202014.doc

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Click on the highlights for Village Group Reports for 2013/14 and More Village Group Reports

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Minutes of the Parish Council Meeting on February 6, 2014 here: https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/37699542/PC%20Minutes%20February%206%2C%202014.doc

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Minutes of the Parish Council Meeting on January 7, 2014 here: https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/37699542/PC%20Minutes%20January%207%2C%202014.doc
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Minutes of the Parish Council Meeting on December 2, 2013 here: https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/37699542/PC%20Minutes%20December%202%2C%202013.doc

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Village Meeting Notes

7.30pm on Monday November 18, 2013

Henley Community Centre

The meeting was attended by all members of the Parish Council and approximately 25 village residents.  Specific apologies were received from Cllr John Field, Sue Leggett, Sue Hayes, Peter Thompson, Clare and John Barlow, Sam Beard and Douglas Turner. 

Parish Chairman Kevin Griggs welcomed everyone and indicated the point of the discussion is to identify what we want to achieve for Henley over the next five years.

There was a wide-ranging and informal discussion across the main headings identified by the Parish Council – housing, education, jobs, leisure, the environment and transport.  These notes are intended to summarise the main topics which were discussed rather than to be a detailed acccount of each contribution.

It was widely felt that the village needs a new influx of residents, preferably families in the younger age ranges.  There has been no new housing since Church Meadows was built and the current population is ageing.  At the moment about half the children in the primary school are from Henley and the surrounding area.

Many people felt that there is a case for new affordable housing, aimed both at younger families and also older people.  Current residents past retirement age might welcome smaller, more manageable accommodation, thus making larger properties available.  Low-rise flats might be a practical option, especially for older residents who would like to remain in the village.

It was agreed it would be useful to establish the facts from the last census about the village population profile.

The village is seen to lack a centre.  There is no shop, Post Office, doctors’ surgery, or even a green which can act as a focal point.  There was a discussion about whether a shop is commercially viable, whether or not attached to the Five Ways Garage, and several people suggested exploring the possibility of a community-supported shop staffed by volunteers and acting as a social centre as well.  There was a feeling the population would need to be significantly larger in order to sustain a commercial shop.

The lack of a shop and lack of regular reliable transport links were thought to be a deterrent to new residents. Access to Claydon and other nearby supermarkets would be a great benefit.  The county’s attitude to the public transport problem is not encouraging and there was a discussion about the possibility of a community bus service linking Henley to Ipswich and other local villages. 

Claydon is developing new sports and fitness facilities which might be available to Henley residents and there was a discussion about possible new village clubs and activities to supplement those already thriving such as the bowls and golf clubs.

Other parishes have put time and resources into ventures such as an internet café and there was a feeling this could be explored at the Community Centre, possibly alongside a regular coffee morning event open to the village.  It was suggested the mobile library might be persuaded to use the Community Centre car park at the same time, creating a sense of occasion and activity.

Parents going to and from the school should be encouraged to use the Centre car park as well, thus taking pressure off the roadside at each end of the school day.  More daytime social activities at the Centre would be a benefit in this area.

Asked what the most important issues are facing the village, the most frequently referred to were: the bus service; the speed of the broadband connection; a shop; more affordable accommodation at both ends of the age range; a central focal point for the village; school parking; a register of volunteer drivers to help people get to appointments etc.; excessive speeds on Main Road – and most particularly through Henley Square, where there is no speed limit.

Other specific issues which were raised included: maintaining the surroundings of the village sign; the condition of the Pond End footpaths; the state of footpaths generally (including those through the churchyard) in order to encourage walkers and visitors; the traffic calming device at the Ashbocking Road entrance to the village, which is felt to be counter-productive; the broadband connection to Henley Square, which comes from Witnesham exchange; the encroachment of hedges on Church Lane; litter-picking frequency; road flooding on Ashbocking Road; provision of cycle storage at the Community centre.

The chairman thanked everyone for attending and for making such constructive and thoughtful comments.  All these issues will be discussed in the detail by the Parish Council, starting at the next regular meeting on Monday December 2 at  8.00pm.

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Minutes of the Parish Council Meeting on October 24, 2013 here: https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/37699542/PC%20Minutes%20Oct%2024%2C%202013.doc

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Minutes of the Parish Council Meeting on September 2, 2013 here: https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/37699542/PC%20Minutes%20Sept%202%202013.doc

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Minutes of the Parish Council Meeting on July 1, 2013 here: https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/37699542/PC%20Minutes%20July%201%202013-1a.doc

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Minutes of the Parish Council Meeting on June 11, 2013 here: https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/37699542/PC%20Minutes%20June%2011%202013.doc
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Minutes of the Parish Council Meeting on May 27, 2013 here: https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/37699542/PC%20Minutes%20May%2027%202013.doc

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Minutes of the AGM and Village Meeting held on

Monday May 13th 2013 at 8pm
Community Centre, Henley:
 
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Village organisations presented reports at the meeting:
A copy of the report from the Community Light Orchestra can be downloaded from this link: https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/37699542/CLO%20Background.docx
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A copy of the HOGS matches and venues for 2013 can be downloaded from this link: https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/37699542/2013matches.venues.doc
In addition 12 HOGS members are travelling to France in September for the Annual HOGS International Masters.
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A copy of the WI report can be downloaded here: https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/37699542/WI%20Report.docx
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Suffolk Constabulary report can be downloaded here: https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/37699542/Mayl%2013.doc
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