Welcome to Colney Heath Parish Council Member’s Handbook.  This handbook has been prepared to provide information for new and current councillors outlining their role and duties as well as providing information for the public.

Contact Information

Address: Highfield Park Office, Highfield Park Visitor Centre, Hill End Lane,

St Albans AL4 0RA                            

and Colney Heath Village Office, 83 High Street, Colney Heath AL4 0NS

Telephone: 01727 825314   Website: www.colneyheathparishcouncil.gov.uk

Council Staff

Clerk : Lisa Chaplin

Assistant to the Clerk : Sue Walsh-Havens

Finance Officer : Michele Gilbert

Common Ranger : Charles Nash

Councillors and Wards

Click here to view Councillor and Ward details

Click here to view Maps of the Parish

Councillors agree to work under the Councillor Code of Conduct and are guided by the Good Councillor Guides produced by NALC:

Good Councillors Guide (general)

Good Councillors Guide finance and transparency

Good Councillors Guide neighbourhood planning

Good Councillors Guide transport planning

Good councillors Guide community business

Good councillors Guide cyber security

Being a Good Employer Guide for Councillors


Full Council meetings are held monthly (except in August), generally at four weekly intervals. Committee meetings are held quarterly. All meetings are currently held in the main hall, Colney Heath JMI School, High Street, Colney Heath, AL4 0NP and start at 7.30pm, except Environment Committee meetings which are held it the Atrium, Highfield Park Trust Visitor Centre, Hill End Lane, St Albans AL4 ORA and start at 7pm. The full CHPC meeting schedule 2021/22 can be viewed here: CHPC Meetings Calendar 2021-22

A list detailing Committee Membership and Outside Body Representation by Councillors can be viewed here: Committee Membership & Outside Body Representation

Public Participation is encouraged at meetings. The guidelines for public participation can be found here: Public-Participation 

Key Documents for Councillors

Finance Documents:


Internal Audit Report for 2019/2020

Annual Governance & Accountability Return for 2019/2020

Governance Documents:

Standing Orders 2021

Financial Regulations 2021

Responsibilities and Powers  of Council

Scheme of Delegation 2021

Member Code of Conduct 2021

Member and Officer Protocols 2021

Roles of Clerk and Responsible Financial Officer, Chairman and Councillor:

Clerk and RFO



GDPR responsibilities

Declaration of Acceptance Form

Acceptance of Office Form

CHPC Dec of interest Flowchart Feb 2021

CHPC Register of Interests Form

CHPC Dispensation Request Form

CHPC Motion Request Form

CHPC Agenda Request Form

CHPC Gifts and Hospitality Guidance

CHPC Gifts and Hospitality Register 2020/21

Committees and terms of reference:

Terms of Reference HR Committee 2021

Terms of reference Finance & Governance Committee 2021

Environment Committee Terms of Reference 2021

Planning Committee Terms of Reference

Click here for link to all CHPC policies

Sources of Information

The recommended websites for councillor information are

National Association of Local Councils (log in required for some parts – please contact the Clerk)

Hertfordshire Association of Local Councils (log in required for some parts – please contact the clerk)

Also of interest might be the paper from the House of Commons Library 

Local Government Association

St Albans District Council website

Hertfordshire County Council website

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