Barrowden Parish Council
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 how the Council operates are laid out in local government statute and regulations; Parish Councils operate below the national government and the C Council. Parish & Town Councils are elected and can help on many local issues, like planning applications or running local sports grounds and community halls.
The Parish Council has legal responsibilities as an employer and as an owner of public land.
Parish Councils are Statutory Bodies, having powers under many 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 setting of the annual budget guides the amount required in the November preceding.
The Parish Council precept is added to the Council Tax bill and collected by Rutland County Council (on behalf of the Parish Council).
The Council also raises funds through grants from other organisations.
Barrowden Parish Council
Barrowden Parish Council has ten members. The work of the members of the Council is voluntary, and the members [Councillors]. They give their time freely to help enhance the village and support the village’s other organisations to benefit all residents.
The Parish Council exists to help residents and be a point of contact for ideas and suggestions for improvements in the village. We have one employee, the Clerk, who manages all financial and administrative aspects connected to the council business.
The Council owns open spaces through its role as the Sole Trustee of the Barrowden Village Greens and Recreation ground Trust and renting allotments.
Barrowden Parish Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the Barrowden community’s values and enhancing the quality of village life and pride in Stondon.
Its mission is:
- To promote and represent the village’s interests, to embrace progress and improve the quality of life of the local community.
- To have a transparent and open relationship with the people of the community; to understand their concerns, needs and aspirations; and explain how the Council will address these within the powers and resources available to it.
- To encourage and promote social and community values by working with and supporting, where practicable, local organisations, groups and agencies to provide additional services and facilities to the village.
- To manage its assets and finances in an open, efficient and effective manner for all residents’ benefit.
- To encourage and promote the long-term vitality and renewal of the village, where appropriate through partnerships with other Parish councils, organisations, and all government levels.
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