The Parish Council

Preston on Stour Parish Council:

All residents have the right, and are welcome to attend all PC meeings, with time being set-aside for them to raise any matter of concern for a period of up to 3 minutes per person. Only matters already on the agenda of extraordinary meetings may be raised by members of the public during those meetings. Please be informed that meetings may be reported, filmed or recorded and if you wish to attend the meeting, but do not wish to be filmed or photographed, please contact the clerk before the start of the meeting.

The main objective of the Parish Council is to ensure the smooth day-to-day running of the village and surroundings, and to this end, is required to address a wide range of matters.  If you are interested in learning more about the role of a parish councillor, please visit or contact the clerk.

Financial Responsibilities:

The parish council receives a portion of council tax. The precept pays for the mowing of the village greens, the running of this website, the hire of rooms for council meetings, the salary of a part-time clerk and various administrative costs. Financial information and the parish council accounts are available for inspection by the public. Please contact the clerk for information.

Parish Plan:

The Parish Plan was formally adopted by the Parish Council in June 2014 and unanimously adopted by Stratford District Council in July 2014. Please visit the parish plan pages for more information. The parish council is extremely grateful to all those who contributed to the plan, particularly Prof. Roger Reed and the members of the Parish Plan Steering Group.

Parish Councillors

  • Will Spencer (Chair) Tel: 01789 450204
  • Anna Corser Tel: 01789 450778
  • Roger Reed Tel: 01789 450202
  • Mick Jennings Tel: 01789 450797
  • Lester Smith Tel: 07867 988364

The term of office for all current members of the parish council will end in May 2019 when local elections are next scheduled to take place. The parish council has adopted Stratford District Council's Code of Conduct for Members. Details of Members' declared interests can be found at Stratford District Council's website

The Clerk and Responsible Financial Officer to the Parish Council is Mrs Elizabeth Jonsson.  All correspondance for the parish council should be addressed to her at

Parish Council Meetings

The Parish Council meets bimonthly, usually in the Three Parishes Millennium Hall, Preston on Stour (although please check this page for venue changes). The next scheduled meetings are:

Thursday 5th July 2018 at 7.30pm

Thursday 27th September 2018 at 7.30pm

Minutes of some previous Parish Council meetings can be downloaded here. For minutes of other meetings, please contact the Parish Clerk.

Latest News

Annual report from Parish Council Chairman (2017):

"At the time of last year’s Parish meeting we only had four councillors following the resignation of Les Coulson. The vacancy was advertised and a number of electors requested an election. As only one candidate came forward the election was uncontested and Lester Smith duly filled the vacant post.

Much time was spent during the year on planning matters and appeals which placed an extra burden on the parish clerk, who, as always, dealt with everything expertly but at an additional financial cost to the Parish Council.

The cost of mowing the greens has been a major expense for the council. This year we have allocated a lump sum to the church for mowing the cemetery and we are looking at ways of reducing the spend on the greens.  The “top green” from the church to Top Ledge and some roadsides have been left uncut so far and will be cut by Alscot estates later in the year.

In previous years we have kept the precept as low as possible by drawing on reserves but this year (2017/18) we had to increase it considerably to get things back on track.

I would like to thank all the councillors and the clerk for all the work they have done during the year. " William Spencer, May 2017

Financial Matters:

The Parish Council accounts for the financial year ending March 2017 are now closed and the internal audit is complete. The accounts are now available for inspection. See further information below.

At the parish council meeting in January 2017, Members agreed the ccouncil budget for the next financial year (from April 2017 - end March 2018) and set the annual precept at £6,500. Details of the budget are available if you click here.

In May 2017, Cllr Izzi Seccombe was elected as our representative at Warwickshire County Council and Penny-Anne O-Donnell as our represetative at Stratford District Council.



The parish council's accounts for the financial year ending 31 March 2017 have now closed. There is now a formal notice period providing information on when members of the public may inspect the council's accounts. Please click on the links below for more information or contact the parish clerk, Dionne Sambrook for more information:

Formal notice of inspection period

Report from the internal auditor (May 2017)

Status of Accounts (June 2017)

Summary of payments and receipts (April 2016 to end March 2017)

Annual Governance Statement


The parish council has received the report from WRCC presenting the findings of the Housing Needs Survey (dated June 2015). To see the report in full, please click here.





Preston on Stour Broadband Group

Friday 1st February 2019

Latest developments on getting super-fast Broadband in Preston.

River Level Monitoring at Alscot Park

Wednesday 9th March 2016

If you want to keep an eye on the water levels on the Stour, you can!