The Voice of Holbrook
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A general overview of a parish councils’ duties and responsibilities is reproduced below. It is not comprehensive, and not all will be relevant to Holbrook Parish Council.
A parish council is the first tier of local government and so is the level closest to the people it represents. Parish councils make all kinds of decisions on issues that affect the local community. They are statutory consultees on planning matters and they get involved with crime prevention, managing open spaces, and campaigning for and delivering better services and facilities. While they have limited powers, they do have an ability to negotiate and influence those who make final decisions, such as: borough councils, health authorities, and the police. Through appointment of volunteer councillors who know the parish well, these organisations will recognise that the parish council is likely to represent the view of the community and take that view seriously. However, it is vital that the community engages with the parish council as much as possible.
Contact with a parish council should always be via the parish clerk and not individual councillors. Any matters concerning Utilities (e.g. water, electricity, gas) and Services (e.g. waste disposal, recycling, street lighting) should be made directly to those authorities.
Parish councils have the power to tax their residents to support the various tasks they carry out. This is called a precept. The money that is raised can only be used for a limited number of purposes as defined in the 1894 Act and subsequent legislation.
Parish councils have powers to provide some facilities themselves, or they can contribute towards their provision by others. Typically, they might include the following:
They may also provide the following subject to the consent of the county council or unitary authority of the area in which they lie:
Parish councils must be notified by the district or county council of:
In some cases parish councils possess the following powers:
Further information can be found at: LocalGov
The National Association of Local Councils (NALC): NALC