Welcome to the Border Group Parish Council website.

Border Group Parish Council wishes all its residents a very Merry Christmas and a happy  New year!

Please explore the site to find out news, local events and statutory information from your Parish Council. Please note you can now find older content under the ‘Archive’ menu.

BGPC usually meets on the third Tuesday of the month, but it doesn’t meet every month. You are more than welcome to attend meetings. Details will be published in Meetings & Agendas.

The next meeting of the Parish Council will take place at  Lingen Village Hall on Tuesday 21st  January 2020 at 7.30pm. NO meeting in December

Have you been affected by flooding? Please see article below for how to access financial support. 

 Drop in session at Leominster library for residents affected by flooding – for details click here

October & November flooding

Herefordshire Council appreciates what a difficult time this has been for people recently and has launched hardship schemes to residents and businesses whose homes or businesses have been flooded. This includes a Community Flood Recovery Grant worth £500 to each affected household. In order to qualify for the assistance, flood water must have entered the habitable areas of their property, or the residence has been considered unliveable for any period of time due to flooding. Alongside this is a Business Flood Recovery Grant, which will provide up to £2,500 per eligible small and medium-sized business. To qualify, businesses must be able to demonstrate that they have directly impacted or have directly suffered a loss of trade as a result of the flooding that cannot be recovered from insurance.

Please can you let people in your area know that the application process has now opened and that they can apply online at www.herefordshire.gov.uk/floods.

In addition, I can also confirm that 100% Council Tax discount is available for 3 months for primary residence where, as a result of the relevant weather event:
• Flood water entered into the habitable areas; OR
• Flood water did not enter into the habitable areas, but the local authority regards that the residence was otherwise considered unliveable for any period of time, for example:

o where access to the property is severely restricted (e.g. upper floor flats with no access);
o key services such as sewerage, draining, and electricity are severely affected;
o the adverse weather has resulted in other significant damage to the property such that it would be, or would have been, advisable for residents to vacate the premises for any period of time.

Furthermore, 100% business rate discount for 3 months (up to state aid de minimis levels) is available for primary residence in the following circumstances:

• The hereditament was directly impacted by the relevant weather event – for instance flood damage to the property, equipment, and/or stock; or; the business could not function due to lack of access to premises, equipment and/or stock as a result of the relevant weather event, and no alternatives were available; AND
• On that day business activity undertaken at the hereditament was adversely affected as a result; AND
• On that day the rateable value of the hereditament was less than £10 million.

Again, please can you let people in your area know that if the above criteria is satisfied, they can email counciltax@herefordshire.gov.uk or businessrates@herefordshire.gov.uk who will arrange for a visiting officer to attend the property to verify the situation.

We are aware that not everyone who suffered from flooding contacted the emergency services or the council for help and so would like to encourage anybody who has been affected by flooding to get in touch and report any issues online at www.herefordshire.gov.uk/floods


Border Group gets its SID ( Speed Indicator Device)!!

Those of you going through Brampton Bryan and Walford recently will have seen the new addition to the landscape. The Parish Council hopes that introducing the SID will have a positive impact on drivers who blight our villages by speeding. The SID is owned by the Parish Council ( bought with funds from a development, NOT out of the Precept) Over the coming months it will rotate round the Border Group villages to hopefully make our roads safer.

Herefordshire Council Budget Consultation

Budget 2020/21 and Corporate Plan consultation: 7 November to 4 December 2019.

Herefordshire Council is consulting on its budget for 2020/21. Each year the council consults with you on its budget and on the proposed Council Tax increase.
This year, we are also asking for your views on our corporate priorities, which set out the ambitions for the next four years. The priorities have been developed following engagement with more than 1500 people. Your input is important to help set these priorities and will guide further investment and development over the coming years.

The closing date for the proposed budget consultation is 4 December 2019, which can be accessed on-line at :

Councillor Update – Cllr Susan Harley (Brampton Bryan) decided to step down at the October meeting following many years of service to the Parish. Border Group Parish Council thanked her for her commitment and wished her well in  her retirement! Thank you Susan.

A notice will shortly go up on the Brampton Bryan noticeboard advertising this casual vacancy and the process for filling it. Please click here for details


Annual Report from outgoing Chair of BGPC May 19

Chair’s report

Fire at Paytoe

There continue to be regular meetings between Cllrs, staff from Keys Care and local residents and this is a Standing item on the agenda. At the June meeting Cllrs learnt that the case of arson against the 2 youths had been dropped for lack of evidence.

Neighbourhood Plan

Border Group Parish Council wishes to acknowledge the support and commitment from the Steering group and many Parishioners whose efforts saw the Plan to fruition. In particular we would like to thank Tony Swainson as Secretary  and Bill Bloxsome from Data Orchard  (planning consultants). Thank you to everyone for your contributions.

The result of the referendum was positive meaning the Plan will now be taken into account when deciding future planning applications – please click on this links below to find out more

Border Group Made Decision Document

Declaration of Result of Poll

Click here to read the final Neighbourhood Plan

Click here to read the final report for the Neighbourhood Plan from the Independent Examiner

Financial Year ending March 19

Certificate of Exemption from External Audit

Notice of Public Rights

Accounting Statement and Annual Governance Statement 2018/19

Accounting Statements & Annual Governance Statement 2017/18 

What is a Parish Council?

Generally the role of a parish council is to improve the quality of community life for their parish and its inhabitants.

They can:

  • Give views, on behalf of their 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.
  • Help the other tiers of local government keep in touch with their local communities.

Source: Herefordshire Association of Local Councils (HALC)

Powers & Responsibilites from the Herefordshire Council website