What is a Parish Council?

Parish or Town Councils are an important tier of Government within the UK; a Parish/Town Council is the smallest and most localised tier of local government in the UK and is a properly constituted local authority.

The powers and duties, and the manner in which a Parish Council operates are laid out in local government statute and regulations; Parish Councils operate at a level below national government and also below district and borough councils. Parish & Town Councils are elected and can help on a number of local issues, like planning applications or running local sports grounds and community halls.

Government Definition

The Parish Council has legal responsibilities as an employer, and sometimes as an owner of public land and buildings.

Parish Councils are Statutory Bodies, having powers under a number of different Acts (the Local Government Act 1972, the Public Health Act 1936, etc.). Only a few Councils need to use all their available powers. It is up to each Council to choose what is appropriate for the community they serve.

The Council raises funds by the annual Precept is set in January of each year. The amount required is guided by the setting of the annual budget in the November preceding.

The Parish Council precept is added to the Council Tax bill and collected by Central Bedfordshire Council (on behalf of the Parish Council).

Cranfield Parish Council
Cranfield Parish Council has fifteen members. The Parish Council exists to help residents [sometimes called parishioners] and to be a point of contact for ideas and suggestions for improvements in the village. The Parish Council has three employees, the Clerk, who manages all financial and administrative aspects in connection to council business, the Cemetery Superintendent who manages the cemetery and the Maintenance Person who inspects and maintains the play areas and other Council property.

The work of the members of the Council is voluntary, and the Councillors give their time freely to help enhance the village and support the village’s other organisations, for the benefit of all residents. Please support them by providing your feedback, questions and ideas.

Agendas and Minutes for the Council Meetings can be found here

 

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