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 Chairman of the Council is Councillor Roger Harrison and the Vice Chair is Councillor Alice Vincent.
The Parish office is now located in the Cemetery Lodge in Hazelwood Road, which is open to the public on Monday and Tuesday between 10:30am and 12:30pm and Wednesday 2pm - 4pm. (the office is currently open but with reduced hours due to staff working from home - please call 01332 842740 to arrange an appointment before visiting).
The 12 members of the Parish Council are currently elected to serve for a term of four years. The new Council were elected on 2 May 2019 (view results) so the next election will fall in 2023. The full council meets the first Wednesday every other month, 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 Weston Centre. You can view a PDF of the schedule of meetings for 2020 - 2021 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.
At the Parish Council Annual General Meeting held on 6th May 2020, the Council agreed to amend the Parish Council Committees so that they align with the Village Action Plan in addition to managing the day to day operations of the Council.
The new Committees are
- The Finance & Management Committee is responsible for the financial, policy and procedural and resource management of Duffield Parish Council.
- The Outdoor Management & Development Committee is responsible for overseeing the day to day management of the Parish Council's facilities including Gray's Recreation Ground & Eyes Meadow Recreation Ground, car park and changing rooms, Donald Hawley Way, Church Drive, Cemetery and buildings, and Allotments.
- The Strategic Development Committee is responsible for the long-term strategic development of Duffield Parish, including creating a sustainable development strategy for Duffield and measures to reduce emissions and improve Duffield's resilience to climate change.
Full Council meetings take place at 7pm on the first Wednesday of every month and are usually held 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
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 Plan 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 March.
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.
Our committees have specific tasks and can have delegated powers.
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.
Parish Council Contracts
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.
Contracts the council holds with various companies (e.g. for grounds maintenance) can be found below.
- 01332 842740
- 07719 103015
Michael Antonio Hutchinson