About the Council
There are six members and elections are held in May every four years. The next election is in May 2019. The Chairman and Vice Chairman are elected from among the councillors at the Council's annual meeting which is held each May.
In 2016 monthly Council meetings will normally be held on the third Wednesday of each month in Cusop Village Hall. There will sometimes be additional meetings, eg to comment on local planning applications.
Members of the public are welcome to be present at Council meetings. There is always a place on the agenda early on in each meeting at which the public can speak and raise matters with the Council.
An Annual Parish Meeting at which all parish electors are entitled to put forward proposals and to vote is held each spring. In 2016 the Meeting was held on Tuesday 12th April at Cusop Village Hall.
About planning applications
Planning applications in Cusop are decided by Herefordshire Council. Everyone has a right to submit comments about an application to the Council. After it receives and validates an application the Council allows a period, usually four weeks, for members of the public to submit comments, but locally the only way it publicises this is by putting up a small notice near the application site. So, in addition Cusop Parish Council has arranged for ail such applications within the parish to be displayed on this website - see Planning Tracker.
Herefordshire Council must take account of comments received when it makes a decision, but this does not necessarily mean accepting them: the Council is supposed to decide applications on their merits, and only certain matters, "material considerations", are legally relevant. Because of this it matters what kind of arguments and information go into comments. You can find lots of advice about this by 'googling' on the internet. Two useful websites are Planning Aid (provided by the RTPI) and Planning Help (from CPRE).
Comments do not just mean objections: it can be just as important to submit a comment if you support an application, or would just like to see it improved or altered in some way.
Cusop Parish Council also submits comments to Herefordshire Council after considering applications at its meetings. The councillors welcome members of the public attending these meetings and offering views and information to help them judge the applications, but it is important to remember that a parish council is supposed to base its conclusions on the overall community interest. Also, its comment will be treated on its merits by Herefordshire Council like any other comment from the public. So speaking to the Parish Council is not a substitute for making your own comment to Herefordshire Council.