About SMPC

Why are we here? At its meeting on 21 June 2006, Hertsmere Borough Council agreed to support the establishment of a parish council for South Mimms, following receipt of a petition signed by 295 of the 626 people on the electoral roll for the area.  The Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) consented and the final Statutory Instrument creating South Mimms Parish Council was approved on 10 January 2008, taking effect on 1 April that year.  The first Councillors were elected to the Parish Council in May 2008.

Parish or town councils are the most local level of government in England. They are independent of district and county councils but maintain a close working relationship with both.  You can vote in your local parish council elections if you live in the area it covers and you will receive a polling card automatically if you are on the electoral register.

Where are we? The heart of South Mimms Parish Council is its village, situated directly to the west of Potters Bar and nestled in the sharp “V” bounded by the A1(M) and the M25, just above where they converge at junctions 1 and 23 – the South Mimms Interchange, also known locally as Bignell’s Corner.

The Parish Council area in fact extends further south, almost to the edges of Borehamwood, Arkley and Monken Hadley. Please click on these links to see our parish boundary map and a more general map of the area.

Who are we? The Parish Council usually has five members, who are unpaid volunteers, and elections are held every four years.  If a vacancy arises in the four year cycle, it is advertised as a co-opted appointment through the Parish Paper, this website and the notice board at the Village Hall. 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.