Welcome to Our Frequently Asked Questions Page

This page is designed to help you know more about our Parish Council and how it works on behalf of the Parish.

 Q.1 What is the role of the Parish Council?

A.1 Parishes are the smallest areas of civil administration in England and
their Parish Councils provide the statutory tier of local government closest to the people.

Parish Councils are an essential part of the structure of local democracy and have a vital role in acting on behalf of the communities they represent.

  • give views, on behalf of the community,
  • on planning applications and other proposals that affect the parish
  • undertake projects and schemes that benefit local residents
  • work in partnership with other bodies to achieve benefits for the parish
  • alert relevant authorities to problems that arise or work that needs to be undertaken
  • help the other tiers of local government keep in touch with their local communities.

 Q.2 What is the role of Parish Councillor?

A.2 Devon Association of Local Councils highlight the following aspects of the role:

Listening: One of the most important tasks of a Parish Councillor is listening to and understanding the views of people in their community.
Meetings: A councillor agrees to attend all meetings (reasonably possible) that he or she is summoned to.
Representation: Councillors act as ambassadors for their community keeping everyone aware of local needs and concerns and reporting back on District, County and regional changes. Councillors represent the voice of their community as a whole, whilst being aware of and considerate to, specific minority needs.
Ceremonial Duties:  Councillors may be asked to attend local parish functions as part of their duty to the community.
Make decisions: Councillors are required to make decisions.
Responsibility: All councillors are expected to abide by their Parish Councils code of conduct. 

 Q.3 Can I attend meetings?

A.3 Yes. Members of the public are welcome to attend Parish Council meetings.

 Q.4 Can I speak at meetings?

A.4 Yes. Members of the public are allowed 3 minutes to address Councillors in a Parish Council meeting. In East Worlington this is usually at the beginning of the agenda.

 Q.5 Can I see the minutes of meetings and other documents and reports?

A.5 Yes. All the minutes of meetings and reports and Parish Council documents are open for the public to read. All our minutes, reports and documents are posted on our Parish Council website.

 Q.6 Can I contact a Parish Councillor?

A.6 Yes. Parish Councillors need to know about and understand local issues. A Parish Councillor can listen and possibly guide people to other sources of support or information. It is however not a Parish Councillors role to become involved in resolving parishioners individual issues or become involved with pressure groups.


Parish Clerk: Sue Squire
Telephone 01598 710526
Email sue@suesquire.com

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