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Who we are & what we do

The aim of the Town Council is to work to ensure that Berkhamsted

  • Is a desirable and thriving place in which to live, work and visit.
  • Has a safe, active, healthy and sustainable community.
  • Retains its unique historic and cultural identity and vibrant town centre.

The Town Council works to meet this aim in a number of ways:

The Town Council has a number of specific duties which include:

  • Providing allotment gardens for hire to residents
  • Managing Lagley Meadow Youth Centre as a hall for hire
  • Maintaining the churchyard at St Peters and Rectory Lane
  • Providing planters for the town
  • Maintain Gardens at Durrants Lane/Coombe Gardens and at the Gateway Gardens, London Road
  • Making grant awards support to local organisations and groups
  • Working with local charities and groups to organise the annual Festival of Light event
  • Maintaining the War Memorial outside St Peter's Church and the De Lisle Clock on the building on the corner of the High Street and Lower Kings Road

As the first tier of local government, the Town Council also plays a vital part in representing the interests of the local community, to the two higher tiers of local government.

This includes to Dacorum Borough Council on:

  • Collecting Council tax and business rates
  • Household recycling and waste disposal
  • Planning applications and building regulations for the town
  • Street cleaning and litter
  • Maintenance of parks, green spaces and play areas
  • Managing trees and planting
  • Public car parks
  • Licensing and environmental health

For more information visit the Dacorum Borough Council website.

And to Hertfordshire Country Council on issues such as

  • Highways
  • Education and Libraries
  • Social Services
  • Trading standards
  • Registrar of Birth, Deaths and Marriages
  • Waste Disposal (Excluding Household Waste)

For more information visit the Herts County Council website


Councillors

Our councillors are elected or co-opted, if you would like to become a councillor or find out more about what they do then please click here.


Committees

Our committees have specific tasks and can have delegated powers.


Consultation Responses

As the first tier of local government, the Town Council also plays a vital part in representing the interests of the local community, to the two higher tiers of local government.

The following are Town Council Responses to Consultations from Borough and County Councils.

Herts County Council's Consultation on Urban Transport Plan


Dacorum Borough Council's Consultation on Community Infrastructure Levy


Berkhamsted Town Council Standing Orders

  • Standing Orders (PDF, 471 Kb)

    The Town Council's Standing Orders provide details of how the the Council conducts it business and make decisions.


Grants

Berkhamsted Town Council allocates a sum of money within each year's budget for disbursement as grants.

Grants can be made for activities and projects

  • In the interests of the town,
  • For the benefit of some or all residents or community of Berkhamsted, or
  • To improve the range of services and activities in the town.

Click below for more information about the Town Council's Grant Award Policy and a Grant application form.

Please contact the Town Clerk if you want to discuss a grant application.


Our Staff

We have a small team of staff that work together to deliver the range of services we provide. They can be contacted through our office in the Civic Centre, by phone or email.

Opening Hours:

Monday - Wednesday 9am - 1pm and 2pm - 5pm

Thursday 9am - 1pm

Friday 9am - 1pm

Town Clerk

Telephone
01442 800152

The Town Clerk supports the Town Council by ensuring meetings are properly held in accordance with legislative requirements, takes forward actions agreed by the Council and is the Responsible Finance Officer, ensuring that the Town Council's finances are effectively managed and properly brought to account.

Secretary to the Council

Telephone
01442 800146

The secretary provides general administrative support for the Town Council, is secretary to the Mayor, coordinates all Mayoral invitations to events, arranges the Mayor's Christmas lunch for Charity organisations and manages the planning applications received for consideration by the Town Planning Committee.

Town Warden

Telephone
01442 800178 or 07762 916559

The Town Warden keeps an eye out for problems across the in the town and responds to calls from the public on a daily basis.

His day-to-day tasks can range from removing graffiti, clearing rubbish from public places, including glass from children's play areas, and reporting vandalism to local police officers who consider responses as part of their commitment to safer communities.

The Warden reports other problems he comes across or which are reported by the public, to the appropriate authority for them to deal with as quickly as possible. These include reporting:

  • abandoned vehicles
  • incidents of fly-tipping
  • faulty street lights and bollards
  • potholed roads
  • salt bins needing refilling
  • water leaks

Finance and Allotment Officer

Telephone
01442 800168

The Finance and Allotment Officer manages and monitors the Town Council's budgets, income and expenditure and administers the Town Council's 375 allotment plots on 3 different sites.