Eaton Bishop Parish Council

This is DRAFT website of Eaton Bishop Parish Council


The Parish of Eaton Bishop is a rural parish situated to the west of Hereford in the Stoney Street Ward of Herefordshire Council. The boundaries of the Parish are mainly natural features and historic routes with the River Wye to the north and northeast, the Cagebrook to the south, south east and east and Stoney Street, a Roman road, to the west ending at the south bank of the River Wye. The main settlement is Eaton Bishop with the older properties centred around the parish Church of St Michaels and All Angels with the smaller settlement of Ruckhall to the east and Lower Eaton to the northeast and New Mills south, bordering with Clehonger. The Parish covers 672 hectares, the majority of which is prime agricultural land with areas of common land. The population is under 500 living in less than 200 homes with approximately 350 people on the electoral role.

Parish Council 

Parish Councils are the first tier of governance and are an essential part of the structure of local democracy with the vital role of acting on behalf of the communities they represent.

Some of the duties undertaken by Eaton Bishop Parish Council include the following:

  • give views on behalf of the community on planning applications and other proposals that affect the Parish
  • undertake projects and schemes that benefit local residents
  • work in partnership with other bodies to achieve benefits for the Parish
  • alert relevant authorities to problems that arise or work that needs to be undertaken
  • help the other tiers of local government keep in touch with the local community

The Parish Council have power to raise money through the Local Council Tax by way of the Parish Precept. Parish Councillors decide annually the amount of the precept for the following year which is collected by the Local Authority as part of the Council Tax. This money is then paid to the Parish Council in two payments normally in April and September each year.

Key Parish Council Responsibilities/Initiatives


Neighbourhood Development Plan (NDP)

Eaton Bishop PC had established an NDP for the parish and this has been adopted by Herefordshire Council and carries significant weight in planning decisions. A copy of the NDP can be found here…”

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! COPY of NDP TO GO HERE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

White Paper - Planning for the Future - Consultation

Please see link below for information on EBPC responses to Consultation 

Planning for the Future White Paper FINAL EBPC RESPONSES.pdf


The Parish Council have a lease with the Church Commissioners to maintain Honeymoor Common, Ruckhall Common and Littlemarsh Common. In July 2012 a 21 year lease was agreed with the Church Commissioners to maintain the Commons as they were from the date of the lease.

The Commons are an important part of the Parish and enjoyed by many people with the Commoners always maintaining their rights of grazing etc. The Parish Council are therefore proactive in the 'topping' of large areas of Honeymoor on an annual basis and regular grass cutting of areas of Ruckhall Common.

Littlemarsh Common is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) designated as a mosaic of wet marshy grassland, scrub and woodland that has become overgrown with scrub over many years. The Parish Council has started on a restoration programme to improve the Common for local people and wildlife

The Parish Council applied to Natural England for guidance and financial help to to support the necessary work at Littlemarsh Common. This has resulted in a 10 year Entry and Higher Level Environmental Stewardship Agreement with Natural England until 2024. 
The Parish Council is developing a management plan for Honeymoor and Ruckhall commons to enhance the natural environment and encourage wildlife.

First World War 100 years 1918 - 2018

The 9 Oaks to commeorate Parish War Dead - We shall not forget 

Francis Thomas Burrough
Stanley James Durnell

Frederick George Fleckner

Robert John Fitzgerald Ingham
A Lewis
William Edgar Mole
Harry Morgan
James Rawlings  
William James Thomas