What We Do

The Parish Council is the first tier of local government.  It responds to be needs of the community by delivering the services or representation it needs and has a large range of powers.

Parish Councils are statutory bodies.  Members are elected for a term of four years and councils are funded principally by an annual precept.  Income and expenditure for the next financial year are calculated in the form of estimates.  The net amount (the precept) is added to council tax, collected by Braintree District Council and paid to the Parish Council in two six-monthly installments.  Parish Councils can apply for other funding, such as grants, but they do not receive funds direct from central government as principal authorities do.

In Great Yeldham, the Parish Council is responsible for the following:

  • The village greens, grass-cutting and grounds maintenance
  • Street furniture, e.g. play equipment, bins, seats, noticeboards, bus shelter, etc.
  • Management of The Lawn Cemtery and the Glades Natural Burial Ground
  • Organising events programme for the village including annual commnuity fete and Christmas Tree and Carol Service and other seasonal activities such as Tidy Up day and Easter Egg Hunt
  • Liaison with St Andrews PCC, St Andrews CEVC Primary School and businesses in the village
  • Partnership Working with the Sports Ground Management Committee (Recreation Ground), Reading Room Management Committee (Village Hall) and Great Yeldham Youth Club
  • Developing a Neighbourhood Plan
  • Developing and Monitoring the Parish Plan
  • Maintenance of this website and Facebook page
  • Management and production of the 4 Villages Magazine
  • Management of Winter Salt Scheme including maintenance and replinishment of salt bins, co-ordination of Winter Salt Group, volunteers who help distribute salt on key footpaths around the village
  • Community Speed Watch
  • Stay Safe in Great Yeldham
  • Welcome pack for new residents
  • Emergency plan
  • Special projects, e.g. housing developments

In addition, it liaises with District/County Council and Greenfields Community Housing on the services they provide, e.g.

  • Planning applications
  • Highways and footway maintenance
  • Public rights of way
  • Street Cleansing
  • Estate Management
  • Winter Salt


The following outside bodies are represented by Councillors' and or the Parish Clerk:

  • Essex Association of Local Councils
  • Essex Police Community Meetings for residents of Great Yeldham
  • Great Yeldham Reading Room Management Committee
  • Great Yedham Sports Ground Management Committee
  • Great Yeldham Youth Club
  • Great Yeldham Education Foundation
  • Great Yeldham United Charities
  • Network 5 Meetings (meeting with neibhouring parishes from Toppesfield, Ridgwell, Birdbrook and Stambourne


The Chairman and Councillors also attend other functions on behalf of the residents of Great Yeldham parish when invited.