Current Council Members

Photo of Bill Orchard Parish Council Chairman
This is Bill Orchard His responsibilities are: Chairman, Footpaths, Rights of Way and Mobile Phone Mast Telephone 01308 482669
Photo of Coucillor Andrew King
This is Andrew King His responsibilities are: The Playing Field, Magna Green and Allotments Telephone 01308 482594
Photo of Coucillor Andrew Price
This is Andrew Price His responsibilities are: Highways and Transport Telephone 01308 482828
Photo of Coucillor John Firrell
This is John Firrell His responsibilities are: Village Fabric, Maintenance and Devolved Services Telephone 01308 482313
Photo of Coucillor Arabella Spurrier
This is Arabella Spurrier Her responsibility is Agricultural Liaison Telephone 01308 482367
Photo of Mrs Walsh Parish Council Clerk
This is Mrs M Walsh The Parish Clerk and Responsible Finance Officer Telephone 01308 281561


What is the Parish Council?

Parish Councillors are volunteers who freely give their time to serve their local community. Litton Cheney Parish Council comprises 7 Councillors who serve a four-year term. The Parish Council welcomes your input and all residents are encouraged to attend the meetings. If you have any queries or suggestions, please do not hesitate to get in touch with the Parish Council Clerk Mrs M Walsh on 01308 281561 or email:

What does the Parish Council do?

The Council represents the community in matters affecting the parish. These include: Liaising with Dorset Council on various matters e.g. highways, footpaths, transport Commenting on planning applications Responding to consultations The Council also maintains and improves village property. This includes: The playing field, its equipment and maintenance Looking after the bus shelter, notice boards and village seats The Council also supports local community groups and events.


The Parish Council’s main source of funding is the ‘precept’. The precept is the parish council’s share of the council tax and is collected by the district council for the parish council. Without this money the Parish Council would be unable to carry out any of its responsibilities.


The Council meets 6 times a year on the second Tuesday of alternate months with an Annual Meeting, at which the Chairman is elected, held in May. Meetings are held at Litton and Thorners Community Hall (LATCH) in School Lane. The dates and agendas for upcoming meetings are posted on the website and on the 3 village notice boards at least three days before each meeting. Noticeboards are located in the bus shelter, just down from the entrance to The Paddocks and next to Rose Cottage in Main Street.

Transparency Code for Smaller Authorities

In December 2014 the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) published the Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014 for Smaller Authorities. The Code is a requirement for smaller authorities to make information available for local people to increase democratic accountability. Full details as to how it affects Litton Cheney Parish Council can be seen here: pcadminpage
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NOTICE OF VACANCY IN OFFICE OF COUNCILLOR PARISH COUNCIL OF LITTON CHENEY NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN Pursuant to Section 87(2) of the Local Government Act 1972, that Kathryn Brooks, formerly a Member of the above named Parish Council, has ceased to be a Member of the Parish Council, and that a vacancy now exists in the office of Councillor for the Parish. If within 14 days after the date of this notice (i.e. no later than 1 December 2020), a request for an election to fill the vacancy is received by the Returning Officer, either by email,, or by post, to South Walks House, South Walks Road, Dorchester, Dorset, DT1 1UZ by TEN electors for the Parish, an election will be held to fill the vacancy, otherwise the vacancy will be filled by co-option. If an election is called, a poll will take place on the 6 May 2021 as a result of the Local Government and Police and Crime Commissioner (Coronavirus) (Postponement of Elections and Referendums) (England and Wales) Regulations 2020 and the Coronavirus Act 2020. The Government has indicated that the situation will be kept under review, and if safe to do so, further legislation will be laid that will permit casual vacancy elections and referendums sooner than the 6 May 2021. If this is the case we will publish a revised notice. Dated 11 November 2020 Maggie Walsh Clerk to Litton Cheney Parish Council * In computing any period of time for this purpose, a Saturday or Sunday, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Good Friday or a bank holiday or day appointed for thanksgiving or mourning must be disregarded.
This is Diana Maston Her responsibilities are: tbd Telephone 01308 482321