There are some 8,500 councils at parish level in England. Parish Councils were established in 1894 and their role and powers substantially revised in 1974. As a tier of local government they are elected bodies, with discretionary powers and rights laid down by Parliament to represent their communities and provide services for them. Policy has centred on the fact that they act as a focus for local opinion, and provide a way to get things done in a way that is best suited to their local community.
All councils are constituted in the same way; councillors are elected by the local government electorate and each council has a Chair, who must be one of the elected councillors. Councils vary in size and capacity; many are small, representing a few hundred people, others represent communities of over 30,000 people.
Parish councils act as sounding boards for local opinion, though the range of services and amenities provided varies enormously. They often work with local voluntary organisations and other tiers of local government and have an important role in providing and improving very local services and amenities. Other authorities may, and in the case of planning must, consult the parish who are the layer of government closest to the electors and represent their local interests. The most immediate concerns of the council are to provide a safe and pleasant local environment and promote community identity.
The Parish Council:
- Provide play areas for children and leisure facilities for village youth.
- Provide sports facilities for the village.
- Support local community groups giving support and assistance to the elderly and other groups.
- Work with the police and other bodies to help safeguard the town from crime and disorder.
- Provide a pocket park and open space for recreational enjoyment in the open air.
The Council has 13 Members, elected together for a four year term.
The Parish Clerk
The Clerk of the Council
Mrs Emma Baker
4 Well Street
Email:The Clerk of the Council