Marden Parish Council

About the Council

The Marden Parish Council meets monthly, with extra meetings if required for responses to planning applications. The May meeting includes the Annual Parish Council Meeting. The meetings in August and December may be cancelled if not required for planning. All meetings start at 19:00 hours, unless otherwise advertised. All meetings take place in the Community Centre unless otherwise advertised and parishioners are warmly invited to attend.

The meetings cover a wide range of topics, ranging from those for which the Council has a statutory duty to an open session, when any observations or suggestions from members of the Parish may be aired. In addition, the public may raise any matter at any time with a Parish Councillor or with the Clerk outside of a regular meeting.

Some examples of the Parish Council’s activities are given below. The Parish Council is responsible for setting the Marden precept which is recovered from parish householders via Herefordshire Council Tax. The Council makes responses to Herefordshire Council on planning applications, based on the impact such applications may have on the community and the local services. It supports various local groups and supports the community by providing funding for the maintenance of the Old Churchyard.

Under the Lengthsman Scheme, the Parish Council directs the contractor to undertake work on the road verges, drains, footpath work and other areas not the responsibility of house owners. This work is funded by the parish council under an Annual Maintenance Plan with Herefordshire Council. The Parish Council liaises regularly with the Balfour Beatty Locality Steward to highlight road repairs needed on the  roads and with Herefordshire Council about resurfacing and major road work, an on-going problem at this time. It also keeps advised of the work of the Environment Agency where local matters are concerned.

The Parish Council may consist of up to 11 members. If you are interested in being Co-opted as a member of the Council in the future, please contact the Parish Clerk. The Ward Councillor attends the Parish Council Meetings, together with the Parish Footpath Officer.

The official address for the Parish Council is:

Richard James,


Phone: 07856 282037

Address: C/O The Beeches, Edwyn Ralph, Bromyard, Herefordshire. HR4 4LY

Current Parish Council members:

Chairman:David Bennett07702
Vice Chairman:Kate Ryan01432
Members:Paula Barrett07985
Mike Blake07753
Lesley Hayward01432
Rod Lees01432
Chris Morgan01432
Richard Paske07753
Parish Clerk:Richard

Additional attendees at Council Meetings:

Ward Councillor:Peter Bryce Hamblin
Footpaths Officer:Sally Postlethwaite
01432 880764
Tree WardenAndrew Matthews
email TBC
07973 837564