Colney Heath Parish Council is the first and local tier of local government. The parish comprises of Highfield Park, Oaklands, Colney Heath, Smallford, Sleapshyde, and Tyttenhanger. It is a thriving community with a population of approximately 4,200 residents.
The parish council has an important role to play in the promotion of the parish, representing its interests and supporting the work of different groups within the community.
The purpose of a parish council is to meet to discuss and debate local issues. Colney Heath Parish Council usually meets on the first Thursday of the month. There is an opportunity for residents and members of the public to speak or comment on an item on an agenda, at every meeting the Council encourages it. At the meeting the Chairman will invite members of the public to address the council within public session.
Most meetings are held in the Village Hall, 83 High Street, AL4 0NS, however the Annual Parish Meeting in April is held at the Charles Morris Hall, Tyttenhanger Green, AL4 0RN. Colney Heath Parish Council is responsible for the following local services:
- Management and maintenance of open spaces, play areas and sports fields
- Maintenance of bus shelters
- Provision of allotments
- Provision and emptying of litter and dog fouling bins (shared with County Council)
- Funding towards Parish events – Senior Citizens Christmas lunch, Larks in the Parks
- Publishing of a newsletter
- Maintenance of St Marks closed churchyard
Residents elect nine parish councillors every four years in Wards which will change after the next election due to Boundary Commission changes.
The Council elects a Chairman and Vice-Chairman annually at the Annual Parish Council meeting in May. Councillors are unpaid and commit their time to improving the parish and maintaining at an attractive and sustainable place in which to work, live and visit. Elections were last held in May 2015, the next elections will take place in May 2019.