What Is The Town Council?

Your Council is comprised of 18 members, each serving for up to four years. All of these Councillors are volunteers willing to serve the Community through the work of the Town Council. If vacancies arise between election periods then Council is able to co-opt volunteers.

Every year the Council elects one Councillor to become Chairman and Mayor. This year the Mayor is Councillor Fred Clark and the Deputy Mayor is Councillor Roger Page.

The Council meets every third Monday in the month, sometimes with the exception of August and these meetings are open to the public. There is, at every meeting, an opportunity for members of the public to question the Council about any matter they wish. In order to obtain the most comprehensive answer it is however often best to contact the Town Clerk to register the question. This ensures that, when necessary, time is available prior to the meeting for information to be gathered. If you would like to attend, a notice giving time and date is posted on the Town Council notice board by the Public Hall or check the “Latest News” banner above.

In addition to the monthly meeting of Full Council there are monthly meetings of the Finance & Properties Committee and, when required, the Planning & Economic Development Committee. The Burial Committee meets every two months. Several other Committees or Working Parties meet as and when necessary, these include the Kempson Players Management Committee. A schedule of meetings can be found here.

Councillors also represent the Town Council on the Committees of several outside bodies, for example the Public Hall Management Committee, the Chamber of Commerce and the Bromyard Downs Commoners Association. Further details can be found on the ‘Committees’ page.

There is an Annual Town Meeting in April or May and this is an opportunity for members of the public to ask questions of the Mayor and the chairpersons of the Town Council’s committees.

The Town Council is supported in its work by the Acting Town Clerk, Gary Swinford who is the principal executive and advisor .

We hope you find this site interesting and that it gives you an insight into the work of your Town Council. Should you wish to become more involved please contact the Town Clerk for an informal discussion.