What is the Parish Council?

Parish and Town Councils are the most local level of government in the England. They are independent bodies and have responsibility for:

  • Representing all residents in the parish.
  • Running local services that may include: allotments, cemeteries, community buildings, recreation and play areas, seating, bus shelters, litter bins and local transport schemes.
  • Commenting on planning applications and long-term development issues.
  • Collecting money for their budget through the ‘precept’ as part of council tax. Each parish council has the power to set it’s own budget according to their plans for the year and therefore can decide what the precept level should be to provide the required funding.
  • And also have wide-ranging powers to become involved in further activities that contribute towards the improvement of the environment and quality of life in the parish.

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