© Darrington Parish Council 2019
Clerk: Ian Thompson.
Chair: Cllr Michael Britton
The Parish Council -
Local councils are the first tier of government and are the first point of contact for anyone concerned with a community issue. They are democratically elected local authorities and exist in England, Wales and Scotland. The term 'local council' is synonymous with 'Parish council', 'town council' and “community council'.
In England Parish councils were formed as part of the feudal system in the 11th century to oversee the welfare and civic duties of a town or village.
Many Parish councils are still in place today, particularly in rural communities.
Local councils are made up of locally elected councillors. They are legally obliged to hold at least one meeting a year. Most meet on a six-
What responsibilities does the Parish council have?
Local councils currently have a limited number of duties but they all impact directly on the community. The following are all under the remit of local councils:
* Burial Grounds, Cemeteries, Churchyards and Crematoria
* Bus Shelters
* Clocks -
* Community Centres, Conference Centres, Halls, Public Buildings
* Drainage -
* Entertainment and the Arts
* General Spending -
* Gifts -
* Highways -
* Land -
* Legal proceedings -
* Litter -
* Planning -
* Postal and Telecommunication Facilities -
* Public conveniences -
* Recreation -
* Rights of Way -
* Seats (public)
* Signs -
* Tourism -
* Traffic Calming
* War Memorials
* Water Supply -
Becoming a Parish Councillor
To qualify to be a Parish councillor you must be:
1. A British citizen, a citizen of the Irish Republic or a citizen of any member state of the European Union.
2. Over 21 on the day that he or she is nominated as a candidate
3. A registered local government elector
4. Resident in the Parish, or within 3 miles of the Parish, or working full time in the Parish for at least 12 months prior to the nomination or election day.
A person is disqualified from holding office as a Parish or town councillor if:
1. They hold a paid office, or other place of profit in the Council
2. They have been declared bankrupt in the past five years and have not repaid their debts
3. They have been convicted of a criminal offence and sentenced to more than 3 years imprisonment within the last five years
4. They incur illegal expenditure (when acting as a councillor) of over £2,000, or are found guilty of using corrupt or illegal practices
The Role of the Parish Councillor
Members of the Parish Council are all either elected for a term of four years or if there are not enough people standing at election time, co-
People of any political or religious persuasion are eligible to become a councillor, although their personal views should not extend into their Parish council work. They are elected to represent the interests of the local community as a whole and promote a harmonious local environment. The number of elected councillors depends on the size of the area. Councillors attend meetings of the full council and often participate in committees that deal with specific areas of council business. Councillors take collective decisions that form the policy of the council.
The affairs of the Parish Council are held in public -
Some training is available for new councillors, training courses and seminars on topical issues such as Quality Status, Parish Plans, Parish Transport Plans and Planning.
How is the Parish council funded?
The funding for Parish councils is allocated by the district council and is taken from the area's council tax; this is called an annual precept. The income and expenditure for the next financial year are calculated in the form of estimates and this amount is added to the local council tax and then returned to the Parishes in two yearly instalments. Darrington Parish Council has maintained one of the lowest precepts in the area.