Parish Council

CONTACT: Syd Smith, Clerk to Helpston Parish Council……. e-mail:

HELPSTON PARISH COUNCIL serves the Parish as the tier of Local Government below the City Council. It reviews all the local planning applications and helps to lead and develop the village community with a Community Action Plan. It also arranges regular activities such as the annual Litter / Rubbish pick and will help groups to initiate activities connected with special occasions. It has powers to fund some village club’s own special projects using either Section 106/POIS/CIL (building levies) or Section 137 (budgeted Parish tax from the precept).

The Parish Council usually meets on the first Monday of each month in the Village Hall. Agendas and minutes of meetings are always displayed in the Parish Council’s own notice board outside the Post Office.

Members of the public are welcome to attend the meetings which begin promptly at 7:30pm. Agendas are prepared by the Clerk after discussion with the Chairman. If a member of the public wishes to see an item on the agenda they must first discuss the issue with a PARISH COUNCILLOR who can then invite the Chairman to consider including it on the Agenda. Members of the public may raise any matter at the beginning of every meeting under the item “Public Participation” but cannot take part in the formal Council meeting.

If anyone would like to know more about becoming a Parish Councillor or what the Council does, please do contact the Clerk.

The Parish Councillors are:

Joe Dobson | Chairman | James Bradford (Almshouses) Trustee | Parish Liaison Group
Tel: 01733 IMG_0586252192  





Rosemary Morton  | Vice Chairman | James Bradford (Almshouses) Trustee | Tarmac Liaison Group rep.

Alastair Bradley | Cambs. and Peterborough Association of Parish Councils rep. | Defibrillator management

Alex Driver | Speedwatch co-ordinator | Barnack Ward Group representative

David Dykes | Churchyard and Cemetery Overseer

Gill Jolly| Village Hall Committee representative

Lesley Newitt |Churchyard and Cemetery Overseer

Tim Thompson | Police Consultation Group representative | Barnack Ward Group representative

Jean Mead | Parish Councils Liaison Group rep.

Meetings require a quorum of three members for business to be legally transacted.

Syd Smith is The Parish Clerk (Proper Officer) and The Responsible Legal and Financial Officer. He can be contacted by email on or on 01733 252903

Copies of recent Parish Council minutes and other significant documents can be found by clicking the links below:


402 170110 January 2017 Minutes

402 170207 February 2017 Minutes

170308 March 2017 Minutes

170403 April 2017 Meeting

170509 May 2017 APC Minutes

170502 May 2017 Minutes

170604 Unaudited Return Notice

170606 JUNE 17 Minutes

170703 JULY 2017 minutes

170926 OCT 2017 Agenda

The Proposed Local Plan for Peterborough has now been published and reviewed by the City Council’s Planning and Environmental Committee.

The further proposal for development in Helpston (as detailed below was included in that Proposed Plan). This plan has now gone to Cabinet with various recommendations which will be published as soon as a written statement is available

The further site at Helpston is a combination of two earlier site submissions, namely HEL001 (previously rejected by City) and HEL006 (chosen as a Preferred Site by City). These two have been combined and are known as HEL008H. Consultation on the third stage of the Plan takes place in November. Send any objections, NOW, to the City Council Planning Department.  

Objections to HEL008


And, on another subject, here is a list of all grants made by the Parish Council in the last 5 years: 170221 Grants Summary 2

To discuss any matter please contact:-

  • Any of your local Parish Councillors – contact details are given above and in the Parish Council Notice Board  at the Village Shop
  • E-mail:

Your input and constructive involvement is welcome.



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