The Role of a Parish Council
Civic Parishes are the smallest areas of administration in England, and provide the statutory tier of local government closest to the people. A local council, a town or parish council, is a statutory local authority set up under the Local Government Act 1894, which sought to separate the governance of a parished area from the Church of England. Other acts of parliament have expanded the role of parish councils
Local Councils are separate stand-alone bodies – they are not accountable to Unitary or County or District councils. Local councils are an essential part of the structure of local democracy, and have a vital role in acting on behalf of the community they represent. A council is an executive body, and has a number of powers, some of which are obligatory, while others are optional.
These powers relate essentially to local matters, such as looking after community open spaces, allotments, closed churchyards, cemeteries, festivals, fireworks, play areas and much more. The Council also has the power to raise money through taxation, the precept. The precept is the parish council’s share of the council tax and is decided by the parish council.
The Council also: Gives views, on behalf of the community, on planning applications and other proposals that affect the parish; Undertakes schemes and projects that benefit local residents; Works in partnership with other bodies to achieve benefits for the parish; Alerts relevant authorities to problems that arise or work that needs to be undertaken; Helps the other tiers of local government keep in touch with the local communities; Articulates the needs and wishes of its community; Works closely with voluntary groups in it community; Provides leadership on community issues; Acts as an information point for the community
Warmington Parish Council has 9 members, elected for a term of office every four years. The Parish Councillors do not receive an allowance, although they are entiltled to. The council employs a clerk who executes the council’s decisions and manages all administration and day-to-day workings of the council.
As the parish councillors are unpaid they represent the best value and least bureaucratic kind of local authority. Councillors are elected by the residents of the parish to serve and administer the needs of the local community. The Parish Council is frequently expected to lead on projects that will benefit the local community, because it is often the only body with access to information, and the resources to take the initiative.
If you would like to know more about the Parish Council or wish to become a councillor please feel free to contact any of the existing Parish Councillors or the Clerk..
Go here for planning applications
Links to Parish Council documents can be found here.
Links to details of the Council's committee structure and individual member responsibilities are detailed here
Links to members' registers of interest can be found here
If you have any queries or issues regarding the village please contact on of the team below:
The current Parish Council consists:
|Person||Representing||Contact Phone||Contact Email Address|
Land Management Committee
Chairman of the Council
|Land Management Committee||01832 280327||-|
|Andrew Stone||Land Management Committee||07950 556580||-|
Land Management Committee