Overview

Why are we here? The civil parish of St Michael has been part of local government in the City and District of St Albans in Hertfordshire since 1894, when the reforming Local Government Act of that year enabled local oversight of civic duties in rural towns and villages. For 80 years the parish was known as St Michael Rural, until local government changes in 1974 created a split, with part going to the unparished area in Dacorum, and the rest becoming today’s parish of St Michael.  In 2018 the parish was divided into two wards; the larger part remains as St Michael ward, with the even-numbered properties in Ragged Hall Lane now forming the much smaller St Michael South East ward.

Where are we? Please click on these links to see our parish boundary map and a more general map of the area. Bisected by the M1 motorway, St Michael Parish Council covers an almost wholly rural area between eastern Hemel Hempstead and western St Albans, with settlement dispersed across a number of small isolated hamlets, including Appspond, Breakspears, Bushwood, Childwickbury, Gorhambury, Potters Crouch and Pimlico. We have a small picture gallery here and will aim to add more photos in due course.

Who are we? The Parish has seven Councillors who are elected by local residents every four years. The election in May 2019 was uncontested. Please click here for more information on your Councillors and the Parish Clerk.

What do we do? The Parish Council duties include:

  • Reviewing and commenting on planning applications within the Parish
  • Liaising with the relevant authorities regarding infrastructure /policing/community issues to represent your views and get the best advantage for the local area
  • Engaging with all interested parties regarding the current and future shape of life in the local area

When do we meet? Please click here for more details on the dates, times and venues of Council meetings.