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Ninfield Parish Council

Ninfield Parish Council has 9 seats for Councillors. There is an election every four years, the next election is 4th May 2027.

An Election will only be held if there are more people applying than there are Councillor vacancies. If there are no more than 9 people applying to be a councillor, then those who have applied are automatically elected.

Ninfield Parish Council meets on the third Thursday of the month, with the exception of August and January when there is no meeting. Committee meetings are generally quarterly but can be called as required.

Monthly Meetings start at 6:30pm unless otherwise notified and take place at Ninfield Methodist Church Hall.

Committee meetings are held at Sparkes Pavilion.

Membership for 2024/25

Kamala Williamson - Chairman of the Parish Council and Finance Committee.

email:   Tel: 07933 492265  


Sami Guard - Vice Chairman of the Parish Council

email:  Tel: 01424 893699


Gary Pharo - Chairman of the Highways, Safety & Verges Committee Tel:  07487 257359


Jackie Langley - Member of the Highways, Safety and Verges Committee, Chairman of the Health and Well Being Group.

email: Tel: 01424 892422


John Cheshire - Chairman of the Neighbourhood Development Plan Steering Group, Vice Chairman of the Highways, Safety and Verges Committee.

email: cllr,  Tel: 01424 892248


Paul Coleshill 

email: Tel: 01424 893138


Pete Holland - Vice Chairman of the Planning Committee.

email Tel: 01424 893326


Sheila Collins - Chairman of the Planning Committee, Vice Chairman of the Finance Committee.

email: Tel: 01424 893308


Steve Venner 



Clerk to the council and RFO Jackie Scarff

Mob: 07725 843505


Write to: The Red House, Lower Street, Ninfield, TN33 9ED

Ninfield Parish Council has declared that it qualifies to exercise the General Power of Competence (GPoC). The clerk is qualified and there are the required number of elected cllrs which means that

The GPoC denotes the power to do “anything that individuals generally may do”. It is available to local authorities and some other types of body in England, local authorities in Wales, and local authorities in Northern Ireland. The legislative provisions are in sections 1-8 of the Localism Act 2011 (for England), sections 79-83 of the Local Government (Northern Ireland) Act 2014 (for Northern Ireland), and sections 24-37 of the Local Government and Elections (Wales) Act 2021 (for Wales).

An ‘eligible’ parish council in England must resolve to exercise the GPoC. An eligible parish  council is one in which at least two thirds of the members have been elected (i.e., not co-opted), and in which the clerk has completed one of a specified range of training courses. 

Councils no longer need to ask whether they have a specific power to act. GPC (LA 2011 s1(1)) gives local authorities, including eligible local councils, “the power to do anything that individuals generally may do” as long as they don’t break other laws. It is a ‘power of first resort.

Sometimes a council can do things that an individual can’t do – such as creating byelaws, raising a precept or issuing fixed penalty notices – but it must do so using the specific original legislation. GPoC does not mean that the council can delegate decisions to individual councillors – this is a procedural matter that remains enshrined in law.

Eligibility remains in place until the next “relevant” annual meeting when it must be renewed if the council is eligible.  If the council loses it qualified Clerk or has insufficient elected councillors it must record its ineligibility, any projects that have been started with the GPoC will be allowed to continue.

For information the next 'relevant' meeting is the annual meeting in May 2027.

For registers of interest please follow the link: