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Parish Council Meetings

The full Parish Council meets bi-monthly in June, September, November, January, March and May. The meetings are usually held on the fourth Wednesday.  In May the Annual Parish Meeting and the Annual Meeting of the Parish Council are held.

Parish Council meetings are currently suspended and legislation will allow them to be held remotely until May 2021 or until Government withdraws the legislation.

Although we will continue to have Public Participation for all full Council meetings, residents are asked that if they wish to speak on a matter to contact the Clerk beforehand so an outline of the query can be given to Councillors before the meeting. The response to that query can then be read out at the meeting. Any member of the public wishing to join the meeting remotely can do so but will need to notify the Clerk beforehand in order to obtain the passcodes.

Format of the meeting

Usually in the first part of the meeting, there is an opportunity for members of the public to speak for up to three minutes on issues that affect the Parish. A maximum of 15 minutes is allocated for public participation. Later in the meeting, the Councillors will either discuss the issues raised and then formally respond to the member of the public as soon as practical after the meeting or the matter will be deferred to a future agenda. There is no requirement for public participation although it is deemed good practice but for some meetings there will not be time for public participation due to the amount of business the Parish Council has to consider. The Police may also be invited to attend the virtual meeting and/or give a report for the Councillors’ attention. Finally the District and County Councillors may also be invited to give a report to the Parish Council.

In the second part of the meeting, the Councillors discuss the issues on the formal agenda which is published a minimum of 3 clear days before the meeting and is available on the website. Members of the public are welcome to attend the whole meeting as observers but may only participate in the very first section outlined above and should not speak during the main business on the agenda.

Records of meetings

The draft Minutes of the meetings are always published as soon as possible after each meeting. During these unprecedented times, regular reports will be posted on this website in between remote meetings. They remain in draft form until they are approved by the Council at the following meeting. These are on the website (links below.


The Parish Council has various committees that deal with the day to day issues of the Council. These give an opportunity for parishioners who do not want to give the full commitment of being a Councillor yet would like to contribute in some aspect of community activity. Currently there are committees for Finance & General Purposes, Planning, Facilities, Environment and Conservation (formerly the Nature Reserve), Communications, Activities and the Matlock Bath Climate Advisory Group. The full Council will from time to time decide to set up further committees or close existing ones.  All committee decisions are subject to ratification at a full Council meeting. Members are elected by the Council and confirmed each year at the Annual Meeting of the Parish Council. Although Committees will continue to discuss issues, this will be done by e-mail and any recommendations ratified and confirmed at full Council meetings.

Click here to see Agendas.

Click here to see Minutes.

Click here to see Chairman's Annual Reports


Next Parish Council Meeting

Due to the coronavirus outbreak all face-to-face meetings have been cancelled. The next full Council meeting will be held on Wednesday 24th March 2021 at 7.00 pm. If you would like to join this meeting, please contact the Clerk for the passcode. If you wish to raise any issue, please forward to the Clerk details of the issue prior to the meeting.

All Welcome
Click here to see Agenda

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