The Warnford Parish Meeting
Being a very small village, Warnford is not big enough to have a Parish Council and so its ‘local’ tier of local government is the Warnford Parish Meeting. Generally speaking, Parish Meetings have fewer powers than Parish Councils and have considerably less red tape. Currently the officers of the Parish Meeting are Mark Rogers (Chairman) and Lucy Hutchinson (Clerk and Responsible Financial Officer). Contact details can be found on the Who's who page. In addition, the Parish Meeting has appointed Candi Sellick as the Warnford representative on the Touchet Trust and Derek Chapman as the meetings adviser on footpath and rights of way issues
The Parish Meeting meets twice a year, in May (the Annual General Meeting) and in November. It can also hold ad-hoc meetings at other times to discuss specific issues of interest to the village. Meetings are open to all residents of the parish, who can suggest items for discussion. Meeting agendas and minutes are published on this website. At the November meeting the precept is set which is paid by Winchester County Council. This fixes the income for the forthcoming year and more financial details can be found in the annual statement of accounts and in the minutes of the meeting. Any organisation wishing to apply for a grant from the Parish Meeting should follow the Guidance notes.
The tiers of local government above the Parish Meeting are Winchester City Council (which deals with many planning matters under delegated powers from the South Downs National Park Authority), Hampshire County Council (which deals with,certain other issues, e.g. highways matters) and the South Downs National Park Authority.
Our WCC Councillor and HCC Councillor, attend the May and November meetings whenever possible.
Communication by the Parish Meeting
As well as putting information on this website, email is also used. The Chairman sends emails covering matters of importance which cannot wait for the meeting, such as planning applications. Anyone wanting to be included on the mailing list should contact the Chairman and/or the Clerk (further contact details can also be found on the Who's who page).