Royston Town Council came into being in 1974 as a result of local government reorganisation. The Coat of Arms was granted to Royston Urban District Council in 1952 and pass the to the Town Council in 1974 and carries the motto: A bonis ad meliora. This means: From good things to better. The Coat of Arms is prominent on the council's chain of office.
15 members are elected every four years to serve on the Town Council. The Mayor of Royston is elected each May and serves for a year.
Royston is proud to have its own Town Crier. The current town crier Graham Pfaff has been in post since 2003. The post of Town Crier is an honorary one with a long historic tradition in the town. He has become a popular and well known figure in the town as, in full uniform and bell in hand, he “cries” for various civic and charity events
In December 2011 Royston Town Council was re-accredited with the nationally recognised status of Quality Town Council. This Award confirms that Royston Town Council is run in accordance with the high standards required by the National Association of Local Councils and other government bodies.
In achieving Quality Status, we have demonstrated that we are an active, professional, and a competent body to work with and performing above national minimum standards. It gives the council a greater credibility in the eyes of the local community, voluntary and private sectors and the principle local authority.
What is the Quality Parish and Town Council Scheme?
The Quality Parish and Town Council scheme was launched in June 2003, following the publication of the Governments Rural White Paper, 2000. The scheme was designed to provide benchmark minimum standards for parish and town councils and to enable them to better represent the communities they serve. The scheme also aims to give enhanced relationships between local councils, principal authorities and community and voluntary sector organisations.
Committees: Ten members serve on each of the principal committees
Councillor Robert Smith (Chairman)
General Purposes & Highways:
Councillor Lynn Berry(Chairman)
Members also serve on the Museum Advisory Sub-Committee, the Town Premises/Human Resources Sub-Committee, Royston in Bloom Working Party and the May Fayre Committee.
The Leete Charity Trust - Royston Town Council is the sole Trustee of The Leete Charity Trust and members serve on the Committee to adminster the fund. The Charity provide grants towards further education for students who live or attend school in Royston.
Download Application form, also available from the Royston Town Council offices at the Town Hall.
The Council has a number of policies that facilitate the running and management of the Town Council, its employees and assets. A relevant selection of these may be accessed by clicking on the following:
Records Management Policy
Freedom of Information - Publication Policy - downloaded here;
Statement of Intent Community Engagement: download here:
War Memorial, Melbourn St, Royston
Royston Cave, Melbourn St, Royston
30 Kneesworth Street (Leased as a Dental Surgery)
Bus Shelter, Priory Lane, Royston
Stile Plantation, Royston
Green Walk Plantation, Royston
The Allotments, Green St, Royston
Market Hill Rooms, Fish Hill, Royston Town Hall Melbourn St, Royston
Available for Hire
Market Hill Rooms
Town Hall - Heritage and Hardwicke Hall, and various rooms
Contact Town hall office 01763 245484