Pauntley Parish Council is a small local council with seven councillors. Councillors are elected every four years and any vacancies between elections are filled by by-election, if requested, or by co-option. Each year, the parish council elects a Chairman and Vice Chairman from among councillors.
The Role of the Parish Council
Parish Councils have a number of formal powers, to allow them to provide and maintain local services such as rights of way, bus shelters and village greens. They are also able to to improve the quality of community life by spending sums of money on things which, in their opinion, are in the interests of the parish or its inhabitants. Parish councils are also the focal point for local consultation on matters such as the provision of local services by the County Council (including highways issues, and library and bus services) and the District Council’s Strategic Plan. They are also entitled to be consulted on planning applications within the parish.
Pauntley Parish Council also worked with the County Council, District Council and local residents to develop a Parish Plan in 2007. This outlines how residents would like to see the parish develop in the future, in areas such as roads and traffic, housing and development, community activities and the local environment. The Parish Action Plan can be seen under Important Documents below.
The council is supported by the Clerk, who is the Proper Officer of the council. They organise meetings, keep minutes and other records, advise on policy, deals with correspondence, advises councillors on legal matters, and is also responsible for maintaining financial controls and accounts for the parish council.
The Clerk can be contacted at Email: firstname.lastname@example.org