The Parish Council is made up of up to 11 councillors. Each year the councillors choose a chairman from amongst their number. There is also a vice-chairman and a clerk, who is the Proper Officer and the Responsible Finance Officer of the council.
The Parish Council employs a part-time Parish Clerk to implement policy decisions. The Parish Clerk carries out her duties from her home.
The Parish Council also provides a handy man to undertake tasks that the village wants done but which are not readily provided by Beverley.
What is a councillor?
A Parish Council is a local authority whose councillors are voted on by the electors in the Parish area and serve for four years. All councilors live or work in the village and undertake their role for free!
All councillors adhere to the Parish Council Code of Conduct and complete a register of interests.
The parish councillors know the village and can represent its views to other authorities such as District and County Councils.
Explaining the roles and powers of the Parish Council.
What is a parish council?
Parish and town councils in England are the first tier of local government that delivers a vast range of services at a community level.
There are around 10,000 community, parish and town councils in England and Wales, made up of nearly 100,000 councillors. These first-tier councils can respond to the needs of the community – delivering the services or representation it most needs.
At present, but not in all locations in England and Wales, there is a three-tiered structure of local government.
Parish Council >>> District/Borough Council >>> County Council
The Council has little power but a reasonable amount of influence. Their role is to exert influence on the decisions of District and County Councils. They are consulted on local Planning Applications, Highway/Road Safety issues, long term planning and wider community involvement strategies.
Many provide allotments, look after playing fields, play areas and village greens, they maintain and guard things such as rights of way, shelters, small scale street lighting, and often provide village halls and meeting places.
The Parish council can do these things by actually providing them itself, or by helping someone else (such as a charity or volunteers) financially to do so. Parish councils have the power 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.
What does YOUR Parish Council do?
We act as the conduit for complaints regarding overgrown trees, silted up drains, street lighting, sewage problems, grass verges and street cleansing.
We lobby for improvements in highways, footpaths, road safety and are also the focal point for local consultation on matters such as planning applications and Borough Council strategic planning.
Where does YOUR council get its money?
The Parish Council sets a budget every year known as the Precept.
The money is collected for them by the East Riding District Council through the annual Council Tax bills. This is paid by the electors in the Parish.
In 2015/2016 the Parish Council had an income of £20,000.
The Parish Council may also receive grants and income in other ways. They use this to help improve life for their local community in many ways.