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Duffield Parish Council

Serving the people of Duffield

The Weston Centre

Clerk RFO: Kath Gruber
The Weston Centre, Tamworth
Street, Duffield, Belper
Derbyshire DE56 4ER

Who we are & what we do

Duffield Parish Council came into existence on the 4th January 1895 as a result of the Local Government Act 1894.

The Council has an office in the Weston Centre in Tamworth St, which is open to the public from Monday to Thursday 10-12am. (Please note that the office will be closed during August 2017, for refurbishment work at the Centre, it will reopen on the 4th September 2017).

The 12 members of the Parish Council are currently elected to serve for a term of four years. The current Council were elected on 7 May 2015 (see results) so the next election will fall in 2019. The full council meets on the first Wednesday of each month, (apart from August), at 7.00pm at the Weston Centre, Tamworth Street, Duffield. Members of the public are invited to attend Council meetings, and can speak if they wish. View public participation guidance

Notices of meetings are placed in the Parish Council Noticeboard outside the Parish Office at the Weston Centre. You can view a PDF of the schedule of meetings for 2017 - 2018 by clicking here or view the council meetings calendar. Agendas for all meetings are also published on this website.

What we do

The Council looks after Duffield's green spaces, Eyes Meadow and Gray's Recreation Ground and play area. We are responsible for the running and upkeep of the Cemetery and allotments on Hazelwood Road, and certain footpaths in the Parish.

The Council has three committees

  • The Finance, Strategy and General Purposes Committee is responsible for council policy, its expenditure of grants, awards and precept monies: the preparation of the annual budget and all personnel matters.
  • The Cemetery Committee is responsible for all matters relating to the Parish Cemetery and allotments on Hazelwood Rd, Duffield.
  • The Recreational Committee discusses matters relating to the management and maintenance of:
    • The open spaces of Eyes Meadow (including the Millennium Meadow) and Gray's Recreational Ground
    • The Parish Footpaths

Full Council

Full Council meetings take place at 7pm on the first Wednesday of every month at the Weston Centre, Tamworth Street, Duffield.

Members of the public are welcome to attend and listen or address the Council in the Public Participation section of the Meeting. View public participation guidance

Full Council is responsible for:

  • Approving the Councils monthly payments
  • Considering and commenting on Planning Applications
  • Considering and commenting on consultations from Amber Valley Borough Council and Derbyshire County Council
  • Considering Derbyshire Association of Local Councils Circulars
  • Approving the Council's annual budget
  • Approving the Council's fees and charges
  • Setting the Council's precept
  • Approving the Annual Return
  • Approving all Council expenditure that is not delegated to the Council's Committees or Officers
  • Considering general correspondence sent to the Council
  • Hear reports from the Councillors appointed to outside bodies

View Full Council Minutes and Agendas

Annually, usually in May, The Council holds its Annual General Meeting. At this meeting the Council appoints the Chairman and Vice Chairman for the year, appoints members to its committees, sets its meeting dates for the coming year and reviews and approves its main policies including its Standing Orders and Financial Regulations.

The Duffield Action Plan

The Parish Council has a number of ways in which it consults with the public on the development of its policies. One important piece of work in this area is the completion of a Parish Plan, now known as the Duffield Action Plan. The new Plan is now complete and has been put together after extensive consultation with local people. It looks at all aspects of village life and provides a plan of action for the Parish Council for the next five years. Find out more

The Annual Parish Meeting

The Annual Parish meeting is held in April.

The Annual Parish Meeting is not a council meeting and is different to the AGM of the Parish Council which is held in May. It is a meeting of the parish or town electors. Electors can contribute to the agenda and in practice these meetings often celebrate local activities and debate current issues in the community. The chairman of the Parish Council, any two councillors or any six electors can call the Annual Parish or Town Meeting. The Chairman of the Parish Council, if present, will chair the meeting.

View Annual Parish Minutes and Agendas

Councillors

Committees

Our committees have specific tasks and can have delegated powers.

Duffield Parish Council Standing Orders

  • Duffield Parish Council Standing orders (PDF, 339 Kb)

    Duffield Parish Council Standing orders.

    Standing orders are the written rules of a local council. They are used to confirm a council's internal organisational, administrative and procurement procedures and procedural matters for meetings.

    Adopted 8 March 2017.

Parish Council Contracts

Contracts the council holds with various companies (e.g. for grounds maintenance) can be found below.

Our Staff

We have a small team who work together to deliver the range of services we provide. They can be contacted through our office in the Weston Centre, by phone or email.

Kath Gruber

Parish Clerk

Telephone
01332 842740

Chris Carter

Assistant Clerk

Telephone
01332 842740

Communication and Administration Assistant

Jackie Clements

Village Warden

Michael Forkin

Cemetery Superintendent

Chris Read