About Sandridge Parish Council
Town and Parish Councils are an essential part of the structure of local democracy and have a vital role in acting on behalf of the communities they represent. They -
- give views, on behalf of the community, on planning applications and other proposals that affect the parish;
- undertake projects and schemes that benefit local residents;
- work in partnership with other bodies to achieve benefits for the parish;
- alert relevant authorities to problems that arise or work that needs to be undertaken; and
- help the other tiers of local government keep in touch with their local communities.
The Government introduced the Quality Parish and Town Council Scheme in 2003 with the aim of encouraging Councils, on behalf of their communities, to have a greater say in the running and improvement of local services.
Sandridge Parish comprises of five electorate wards – Sandridge village, Marshalswick West, Marshalswick East, Jersey Farm and Beech Bottom.
We have 14 Parish Councillors representing these areas who meet monthly at Full Council meetings, as well as many committee meetings throughout the year. The Parish Council has elections every four years and have public representation on all of our committees. If you are interested in becoming a public member or Parish Councillor at the next election, please contact the office here.
Our Parish Councillors are volunteers who strive to make the community a better place year on year for our residents alongside four office staff. We have responsibility for the following assets within the parish;
- Seven playgrounds and recreation areas
- Jersey Farm Woodland Park
- Marshalswick and Jersey Farm Community Centres
- Two multiuse games areas with tennis courts and a state-of-the-art Astro surface
- Community Garden in Marshalswick
- Some of the car parks in the parish
- Three roundabouts (Bollingbrook, Sandpit Lane and House Lane)
In addition to our assets, we also have committees that oversee the following;
- Our open spaces and environmental projects
- Planning applications that are submitted in Sandridge Parish
- The financial aspects of the Parish Council
For a list of our Full Council and Committee meeting dates, please see committees.