The Council

Holybrook Parish Council is permitted fifteen Councillors who stand for election every four years.  There are currently 10 Parish Councillors meaning that Holybrook Parish Council currently has FIVE vacancies. 

Elections last took place in May 2019.  Elected Councillors serve a four-year term.  Parish Councillors do not receive any payment for being elected members and offer their time voluntarily for the benefit of the local community.  The Chairman of Holybrook Parish Council receives a small (£50) honorarium to assist with the expenses incurred in their role.  The Chair and Vice-Chair of the Parish Council are elected annually by other Parish Councillors at the Annual Meeting of the Parish Council in May.  

If you are interested in becoming a Councillor we would love to hear from you. 
As a first step why not attend a Parish meeting (click here for meeting dates) or give the Parish Clerk a telephone call (0118 9454 339) to discuss. 

Duties and Functions of a Parish Council 

The duties and functions of a parish council are many and varied and also depend, to some extent, on what assets are owned by the Parish. Holybrook Parish Council currently owns and maintains the following assets:

  •  The Beansheaf Community Centre in Calcot which consists of the Parish Office and three halls for hire;
  • The Garage sited in Linear Park;
  • The equipment, benches and bins on the play areas in Underwood Road and next to the Holybrook Community Centre, including the multi-use games area;
  • Five bus shelters;
  • Nine Parish noticeboards;
  • Dog bins.

The Parish Council pays contractors to empty the rubbish and dog bins within their ownership and cut the grass in the playgrounds.   The Council also pays a contractor to provide a Parish Warden who performs many and varied duties within the Parish including the cleaning of the bus shelters.   

The halls are hired regularly for a wide range of activities, including a community Pre-school, exercise and well-being classes.

A full list of general parish council powers can be found by following this link to an external website: HERE