What is a Parish Council and what does your Council do?
A Parish Council is a statutory local authority set up under the Local Government Act 1972. Councillors, who act voluntarily, are normally elected every four years. Sometimes they may be elected at a by-election or by co-option during the four year period. A Clerk is employed to organise meetings, carry out the Council’s decisions and give advice on any legal issues or new legislation. The Clerk does not vote or make decisions for the Council.The Parish Council’s principal role is to act in the interest of the whole community. In taking actions to improve the quality of community life in the parish, councillors try to provide this service responsibly and openly. As such they are bound by a strict code of conduct.
Powers and Duties of a Parish CouncilParish Councils have only a limited number of legal duties, but can have a wide range of powers. These are enacted by a considerable number of statutory powers and regulations. This enables a Parish Council to be able to preside over a range of responsibilities, including allotments, bridleways and footpaths, burial grounds, community centres, community transport, highways, land, litter, monuments and memorials, open spaces , planning, street lighting, tree planting, tourism, and vehicle parking. It does vary from council to council which powers are taken up, depending on facilities available, budget levels, local priorities etc.