Harston Parish Council

As Chair of Harston Parish Council may I welcome you to our website. As you will see in the following paragraphs, we have statutory responsibility for a broad range of issues in Harston Parish. [Harston Parish is larger than Harston Village.]

Based on the population of Harston, we are established for eleven Parish Councillors and have recently co-opted 3 new members bringing us to the total required. The next Parish Council elections will take place in May 2022.

Amongst our broad range of responsibilities, I would highlight that we vet all Harston planning applications. We recommend to South Cambridgeshire District Council Planning as to whether an application should be approved or not.

Niall O’Byrne,
Chair Harston Parish Council.


Harston Parish Council works towards improving community well being and providing better services in our village.

The Parish Council has a range of different powers to provide and maintain a variety of important and visible local services including bridleways, burial grounds, bus shelters, commons and open spaces, community transport schemes, community safety and crime reduction measures, events and festivals, footpaths, leisure and sports facilities, litter bins, planning, street cleaning and lighting, traffic calming measures, village greens and youth projects. A full list of parish council Powers and Duties is shown here: parish-council-powers-and-duties.

Harston Parish Council currently meets the first Thursday of every month via Zoom. Please see the latest agenda for the link to the meeting @ 7.30pm.

In the meantime, if you require any information, please contact the parish clerk on 01353 664632 or email the clerk.

Alternatively you can write to Harston Parish Council PO Box 330, Ely, Cambs. CB7 9GB

Parish councils are statutory bodies. Members are volunteers in the main elected for a term of four years (but there are sometimes one or two who are co-opted to fill casual vacancies) and councils are funded principally by an annual precept.

Income and expenditure for the next financial year are calculated in the form of estimates. The net amount (the precept) is added to council tax, collected by the (South Cambridgeshire) District Council (principal authority) and paid to parishes in two six-monthly installments.

Parishes can apply for other funding such as grant and funding awards, but they do not receive funds direct from central government, as principal authorities do.

Harston Parish Council is a Burial Authority responsible for the Cemetery at Button End. You can find our burial fees here. For further information please contact the Clerk to the Council, Diane Bayliss, 01353 664632. clerk@harstonparishcouncil.org.uk