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:
- 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
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.
Our committees have specific tasks and can have delegated powers.
Committees and Working Groups 2021 - 2022
Berkhamsted Town Council Standing Orders
The Town Council's Standing Orders provide details of how the the Council conducts it business and make decisions.
Equality & Diversity
Berkhamsted Town Council allocates a sum of money within each year's budget for disbursement as grants.
We have two grant funds available:
- The General Grant award can be made for activities and projects that:
- Are in the interests of the town,
- Benefit of some or all residents or community of Berkhamsted, or
- Improve the range of services and activities in the town.
- The Environmental and Biodiversity Grant award can be awarded to assist with projects or activities which specifically support the Town Council's environmental objectives and which deliver actions towards carbon neutrality within our community
Click below for more information about the Town Council's Grant Award Policies and Forms.
Please contact the Town Clerk if you want to discuss a grant application.
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 or in person at the Civic Centre.
Monday - Wednesday 9am - 1pm and 2pm - 5pm
Thursday 9am - 1pm
Friday 9am - 1pm
- 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.
- 01442 800146
The Deputy Clerk supports the Town Clerk in all aspects of administration of the Town Council's services and assists in ensuring that statutory and other provisions governing or affecting the running of the Council are implemented. They manage the planning applications received for consideration by the Town Planning Committee and clerk its meetings.
- 01442 800169
The Project Officer supports the Town Council by managing and delivering projects identified by the Town Council Committees and Working Groups. Most of the projects are in response to the Climate Emergency declared by the Full Council in June 2019.
- 01442 800178 or 07508513597
The Town Warden keeps an eye out for problems across the town and responds to calls from the public daily.
His day-to-day tasks can range from having graffiti removed, rubbish cleared from public places, including glass from children's play areas, liaising closely with local police officers who consider responses as part of their commitment to a safer community.
The Town Warden also looks after the Town Council's website. He also manages the day to day running of Lagley Meadow Youth Centre.
The Town 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
- 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.