Parish Council


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


Serves this 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” (when the meeting is adjourned and becomes a “Public Meeting”) but cannot take part in the formal Parish Council meeting (which is a meeting of the elected Parish Councillors).

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. The latest minutes are normally only published after approval at the next meeting: 

170604 Unaudited Return Notice

170703 JULY 2017 minutes

170905 SEPT2017 Minutes

171003 OCT2017 Minutes

171107 NOV 2017 Minutes

171205 DEC 2017 Minutes

180109 JAN 2018 Minutes

180206 FEB 2018 Minutes

180213 FEB2 2018 Minutes

180306 MARCH 2018 Minutes

180416 APM 2018 Minutes

180417 April 2018 Minutes

180515 May APC 2018 Minutes

180515 May 2018 Minutes

180604 June 2018 Minutes

180629 July 2018 Agenda


The front page of the web site now carries our article about the Local Plan for Peterborough and its Stage 1 Hearings held before the Inspector appointed by the Secretary of State. It notes that the Parish Council Chairman, Cllr Joe Dobson and myself as Clerk attended the first two days of the hearings and spoke against Policy LP2 in the Plan and the categorisation of Helpston as a Medium Village cable of taking 82 new houses. Our view is that the City has taken the “easy” route of accepting the offer by landowners of two adjoining sites, calculating that the combined site has room for 82 houses, and then designating that site and 82 houses into the Plan.

The Stage 2 hearings begin in October when we can object specifically to the chosen sites rather than just to the Policies.

I attach below a link to the Map of Helpston showing the revised Village Envelope if the proposed site, LP41.5 gets the “go-ahead”


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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