The Parish council for Rochester with Byrness administers a parish in the excess of 40,000 acres, but with a population of approximately 400. It represents both Rochester and Byrness, dating from the reforms of local government carried out in 1973 and 1974.

The present Parish Council comprises eight members of the community who are committed to the well being of Byrness and Rochester and give their time, effort and resources without financial reward. They serve and make decisions on behalf of the whole community and aim to keep everyone informed about important issues and on-going projects.

The Parish council meets every two months, usually on the last Tuesday of the month at 7.30pm.  Meetings alternate between Rochester and Byrness village halls.   Members of the public are welcome to attend Parish Council meetings and may, with the permission of the Chairman, make a short statement.  If an important issue requires a decision by Parish Councillors, a request should be put in writing, or emailed, to the Clerk at least seven days prior to the meeting.   Minutes of the Parish Council meetings are published during the month following each meeting.  To view previous minutes, please see the Document Library area.


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