Welcome to the Parish Council Website
ROLE OF THE PARISH COUNCIL
The role of Woodmansey Parish Council is to represent the interests of the whole community and is a part of local government supporting the democratic process. The Parish Council provide a focus for the community to identify concerns and projects, and endeavour to solve them locally themselves - ultimately the Parish Council is accountable to the local community. Our decisions are the responsibility of the whole Council and are made collectively and by majority vote of Cllrs.
Parish Councils are an elected body in the first tier of local government in England and Wales with elections taking place every 4 years. They can play a vital part in representing the interests of the communities they serve and improving the quality of life and the local environment. The Parish Council is also an employer and must legally employee a Parish Clerk who, unlike the Cllrs is a paid official, and is responsible for general administration of Parish Council matters, taking minutes, maintaining finances and carrying out the instructions of Cllr decisions.
ROLE OF PARISH COUNCILLORS
The main role of a Parish Councillor is to represent the views of all residents within the Parish and to listen to, and understand, the views and needs of different groups in the community (such as young and older people). As a Councillor, there is a responsibility to be well-informed, especially about diverse local views. Councillors cannot assume that they represent the interests of electors without consulting them. Parish Councillors are elected representatives, not volunteers or employees, and serve for a 4 year term, unless co-opted or elected in a bye-election when they serve until the next election.
They must apply the law and comply with the Code of Member Conduct. Councillors contribute to the work of the Council by suggesting ideas, influencing policy, engaging in constructive debate and by responding to the needs and views of the community. Councillors comment on proposals to ensure the best outcome and vote to enable the Council to make decisions. Individual Parish Councillors cannot make decisions on behalf of the Council, but they can actively lead and engage with local projects. Parish Councillors have no powers outside of the Council meeting. The Parish Council needs a wide range of skills to work as a team. Occasionally there will be a conflict of interest requiring sensitive judgement, and the need to take difficult decisions in an open, honest and reasoned way. Councillors are also required to act in an ethical way and to declare an interest when necessary.
Parish councils are responsible for managing their own budgets. They are financed through the precept, an amount of money calculated as an estimate for the coming financial year and collected as part of your Council Tax. This money is used to improve facilities and services for local people. Every year the PC considers what its needs are for the forthcoming year and set a budget for this - the budget will consider two points - if the Parish Council wishes to look at any projects, and the usual costs of the Parish - ie street lighting, maintenance of parks, playgrounds, bus shelters etc. Discussions on the budget by Parish Cllrs, and the budget itself must all be in the public domain.