Join Harston Parish Council

Harston has been allocated 11 Councillors and currently, following the recent resignations of Councillors Moran and Pickering, we are left with 6 Councillors who are struggling to devote sufficient time to undertake all duties required of them.  Please do think about offering up some time to join the Parish Council and help to make a difference to the community.  Please contact the Clerk for further details.

A full Parish Council meeting is held on the first Thursday of every month in the Pavilion, starting at 7.30pm. The meetings usually last around 2 hours.

The meeting is a chance to ‘catch up’ on, and discuss, ongoing matters and vote on any decisions required. There are opportunities to join other committees and working parties and many Councillors take on ‘special projects’ in which they have a special interest or expertise. This is on a voluntary basis.

How do I become a Councillor?

The main criteria for becoming a parish Councillor is to have an interest in local issues and a desire to promote the best interests of the local community.

Initially, contact the Clerk and ask if there are any spaces on the council. If so, you would be asked to attend the next Parish Council meeting and provide brief reasons as to why you would like to join the council, noting any special areas of interest. (You would also need to meet the criteria for representing Harston). The Parish Council would then vote on co-opting you onto the council. If no spaces were available you would still be able to stand at the parish council elections, held every four years.

What do Councillors do?

Councillors have three main components to their work

  1. Decision making – through meetings and attending committees, Councillors decide which activities to support, where money should be spent, what services should be delivered and what policies should be implemented.
  2. Monitoring – Councillors make sure that their decisions lead to efficient and effective services by keeping an eye on how well things are working.
  3. Getting involved locally – As local representatives, Councillors have responsibilities towards their constituents and local organisations. These responsibilities and duties often depend on what the Councillor wants to achieve and how much time they have available.

Recent achievements

  • Recreation Centre:
    • New drinking fountain
    • Scout Hut
    • Height restriction Barrier
    • Nylon matting overflow car park
    • Upgrade Pavilion’s showers
    • Tree planting [ongoing]
    • Maintenance of play park based on RoSPA inspections
    • General maintenance of the grounds, garden furniture etc
    • Fun fair and Youth Bus during the summer months
  • Refurbishment Harston Village sign
  • High Street: installation of ram-raid standard bollards at corner near War Memorial and cutting back of trees and foliage
  • Agreement with the Mayor to carry out a feasibility study on a Harston Bypass
  • Liaison with the Project Manager and his staff during the construction of the new cycle-way and pathway
  • Achievement of a Local Highways Initiative grant to add additional safety signage on Cambridge Road [within Harston Parish but not Harston Village]
  • Membership of and financial support to various local charities and trusts
  • Successful audit of our accounts
  • Composition of 2019/20 precept and successful bid for it
  • Consultation inputs to potential Hauxton P & R and Foxton rural transport hub
  • Management of the Burial Ground and refurbishment of the gates.

If you require any further information please contact the clerk at harstonparishclerk@gmail.com or contact any serving Councillor who would be happy to help.