Parish Councils were created in 1894 to protect the interests of rural communities. Ticknall Parish Council had its first meeting on 4 December 1894, in the Parochial Schoolroom in Tickenhall, as Ticknall was then known.
The Rev. T. Jones was elected as Chairman. Nominations for councillors included Frederick William Soar, Charles Cartlidge, Frederick William Bromley, Samuel Dumelow, Charles Wood, George Topliss, Norman Draper Marriott, and George Betteridge. All of these surnames are familiar in Ticknall today. The minute book can be viewed in the Records Office in Matlock, Derbyshire. All minutes after that date including those up to 1993 can also be viewed there. Recent minutes are held at the Clerk’s home, which is the Parish Council office and are available for download from this website.
Ticknall parish is a small farming community, located on the southern tip of South Derbyshire made up of about 270 dwellings. Ticknall has a population of just 642 people (2018). The Parish stretches from Foremark Reservoir to the west, Staunton Harold Reservoir to the east, Seven Spouts farm to the north and Heath Farm in Ashby de la Zouch to the south. It is a typical long straggling village and the village envelope itself starts at The Green on Ashby Road, to the Market Place on Main Street. It has a large conservation area, which stretches right out to Top Farm, The Grange and Melbourne Lane. It contains many listed buildings including the old tramway bridge over Main Street. More information about the history of Ticknall can be found on the Ticknall Preservation and Historical Society web pages.
The Parish Council raises a precept, which is a local tax to spend on the maintenance of the village in addition to that carried out by South Derbyshire District Council and Derbyshire County Council. This includes some village cleansing, bus shelters and maintenance of local footpaths. The Parish Council runs and maintains The Grange Playing field and Sports Pavilion on behalf of the community and is also consulted on Planning Applications, although with changes in Planning rules, the Parish Council’s influence is becoming less and less, even within the conservation area.
Additional meetings for Financial Planning and site planning meetings are arranged as necessary and there is also an established Grange User Group Meeting, chaired by Councillor Nigel Picken, which handles the detailed management of the recreation ground. All groups and parties involved with or impacted by the Grange are invited to attend.
The duties of a Parish Council are prescribed by law, and amended from time to time depending on policy changes by central government. The current policy is to make parish councils more involved and more professional (Quality Status), with a long-term objective of making them more accountable.
In Ticknall, there is underway a gradual movement from being mainly reactive to operating in a more proactive way. Ticknall has started to see the benefits of sustaining pressure on both District and County Councils – things do not happen quickly, but the sustained pressure makes things more likely to happen eventually. By raising the precept the Parish Council is in a position to be more flexible and able to respond faster.
I hope that this page gives you an insight into what the Parish Council does and what they stand for – and I hope it will whet your appetite to participate in meetings or even to volunteer to be an elected councillor yourself.