Medstead Parish Council acknowledges with sadness the death of Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, who died at Windsor Castle earlier this morning (Friday 9th April 2021).
Prince Philip was a unique person, who was admired both at home and abroad for his energy and devotion to duty, and for his loyalty and support of Her Majesty, the Queen.
Medstead Parish Council, on behalf of the residents of the parish, offers its sincerest condolences to all members of the Royal Family at this sad time.
Cllr Deborah Brooks Jackson (Chairman)
Medstead Parish Council is the first tier of local government serving the local needs of Medstead's residents.
It is comprised of unpaid parish councillors who serve a four-year term of office. It also employs a part-time Clerk to implement decisions.
The Parish Council is financed by raising a small levy - the precept - on all residential properties within the parish.
Medstead Parish Council is responsible for public open spaces, such as the Village Green and its facilities. It also owns two further ponds and the area known as The Knapp, on South Town Road. It maintains the war memorial and churchyard and owns and manages Medstead Cemetery.
As the lowest, or first tier of local government the Parish Council plays an important role in ensuring the views of residents are heard on issues such as planning. Planning matters are handled by a Planning Committee which meets monthly, as required. The Parish Council are not responsible for planning decisions, however East Hampshire District Council
(EHDC) is obliged to seek the Parish Council's views on planning matters relevant to the Parish.
Medstead Parish Council has frequent contact with EHDC and Hampshire County Council
(HCC). The Parish Clerk will assist residents in facilitating a response from these bodies on matters under their jurisdiction, for example roads and refuse collection, but the Parish Council has no responsibility for these areas.
Parish Councillors are governed by a mandatory code of conduct which includes obligations to act in an appropriate manner. The Parish Council works within a number of policies and procedures and is bound by its Standing Orders.