© Whitbourne Parish Council 2012
Whitbourne  Parish Council
Herefordshire
About the Parish Council
What is a Parish Council and what does your Council do?
A Parish Council is a statutory local authority set up under the Local Government Act 1972. Councillors, who act voluntarily, are normally elected every four years.   Sometimes they may be elected at a by-election or by co-option during the four year period.  A Clerk is employed to organise meetings, carry out the Council’s decisions and give advice on any legal issues or new legislation.  The Clerk does not vote or make decisions for the Council. The Parish Council’s principal role is to act in the interest of the whole community.  In taking actions to improve the quality of community life in the parish, councillors try to provide this service responsibly and openly.  As such they are bound by a strict code of conduct.
Gives views and supplies local knowledge on behalf of the community, on planning applications and other proposals that affect the parish.The Council has no direct powers over the decisions on planning applications submitted .Planning applications in Whitbourne parish are detailed on the Herefordshire Council website . To search and comment on them, access the website using the link below, then select ‘planning   applications’ and then select ‘search and comment on planning applications’.  In the search boxes either enter the application number, address or post code. 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 local communities Undertakes projects and activities that benefit local residents
Powers and Duties of a Parish Council Parish Councils have only a limited number of legal duties, but can have a wide range of powers. These are enacted by a considerable number of statutory powers and regulations.  This enables a Parish Council to be able to preside over a range of responsibilities, including allotments, bridleways and footpaths, burial grounds, community centres, community transport, highways, land, litter, monuments and memorials, open spaces , planning, street lighting, tree planting, tourism, and vehicle parking. It does vary from council to council which powers are taken up, depending on facilities available, budget levels, local priorities etc.
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