About the Council
The Parish Council is made up of seven members and a Parish Clerk. All the councillors are unpaid and periodically elected by the parish, while the Parish Clerk is an employee of the Parish Council. The clerk is paid from parish funds according to the number of hours worked.
Parish funds consist of an annual precept collected from parishioners by the City Council along with the council tax. This is forwarded to the Parish Council and is used to meet expenses. Details of these expenses are listed in the minutes of each meeting and further discussed at a public meeting annually, following which a copy of the accounts is posted on the notice board. The accounts are voluntarily audited by a parishioner (currently: David Rawsthorn) and submitted for inspection to the audit commission, at the Parish Council’s expense.
The councillors elect a chairman (currently: George Devereux) and a vice chairman while the Parish Clerk is Tricia Meynell. The Parish Council meet every two months to discuss any issues relevant to the parish. The meeting place is in the Watson Hall and takes place on a Wednesday evening, generally falling either on the second Wednesday of every fourth month or on the second Friday of every other fourth month.
An agenda is posted on both this website and the village notice board at least five days before a meeting. Minutes from the meetings are similarly posted.
Parishioners may attend these meetings and are encouraged to address the council prior to the start of the meeting, particularly if they have information regarding an agenda item or want to request the inclusion of an item for a future meeting. Once the meeting starts, however, the public is requested not to interrupt proceedings but may speak if requested to do so by the chairman. Between meetings, parishioners are encouraged to contact any member of the council or the Parish Clerk to discuss any issue relevant to the parish and have them added to the next agenda.
Meetings are regularly attended by both our City Councillor (Doreen Parsons) and our County Councillor (Bill Graham), so this also presents an opportunity for parishioners to make contact with them and raise issues outside the scope of Parish Council.
The Parish Council is committed to serving the parish by providing services not provided elsewhere and bringing any shortfalls in services provided by others to their attention. Both budget restraints and legal powers limit the Parish Council’s attempts at providing services, so value for money and what is possible, inevitably determines what is done and what is not. However, if it can be done, the Parish Council’s role is to try to see it done.
Any parishioner is welcome to apply for a position on the Parish Council. Details of the process are available from the Parish Clerk (see below).
Your Parish Councillors
12 Rectory Rd, CA8 9LY, 01228 670447
Fell Foot, CA8 9DW, 01228 670051
Neighbourhood Watch Coordinator
Castlegate Barn, CA8 9LT, 01228 670699
Neighbourhood Forum Coordinator
The Birches, CA8 9LU 01228 670703
10 Rectory Rd, CA8 9LY, 01228 670696
Parish Council Rep on the Village Hall Committee
Town Foot Farm, CA8 9LT, 01228 670329
Virginia Cottage, CA8 9NB, 01228 670466
Parish Council Rep on the Allotment Society
Fell Foot, CA8 9DW, 01228 670447
Shepherd’s View, CA8 9NB 01228 670054