Parish councils make all kinds of decisions on issues that affect the local community. Probably the most common topics that Parish Councils get involved with are planning matters (they are statutory consultees), crime prevention, managing open spaces and campaigning for and delivering better services and facilities.
It’s true to say that on their own, parish councils have limited powers to make decisions. But they do have the ability to negotiate with, and the power to influence, those other organisations that do make the final decisions such as the borough council, health authorities and the police etc.
If you’ve never been to a parish council meeting before, you may be forgiven for thinking that parish councillors are a group of people who meet now and then in a draughty village hall. Wrong! We meet in a warm, inviting village hall that’s regularly attended by people in the community seeking support and guidance on various village matters.
Seeing your community change for the better, as a result of decisions you have helped make as a Parish Councillor is something that can give you a sense of real achievement and pride. Interested? In the first instance contact: