What does a Parish Council do and how is it funded ?

Parish Councils are local authorities first created by statute in 1894. Parish Councils are the tier of local government closest to the people. In Woodborough, we work with our district authority (Gedling Borough Council ) and our county council (Nottinghamshire County Council). Parish Councils are elected every 4 years. Gedling Borough Council organise Parish Council elections for Woodborough. In the event that there are fewer candidates than seats, a Parish Council may coopt additional member(s).

Woodborough Parish Council is made up of 11 councillors who contribute to the work of the whole council by suggesting ideas; engaging in constructive debate; responding to the needs and views of the community; commenting on proposals to ensure the best outcome; voting – to enable the council to make decisions. The decisions that the council takes are the responsibility of the council as a whole.

The Parish Council elects its chairman annually at its Annual Meeting, in May. There is no minimum or maximum term that a chairman may serve.  

The Clerk is employed by the Council to provide administrative support and professional advice for the council’s activities. The Clerk is responsible for preparing the agenda for meetings, taking the minutes and executing business arising. The Clerk to Woodborough Parish Council is also the Responsible Financial Officer.

Woodborough Parish Council provides the following services: village hall, allotments, cemetery, sports field, provision of play equipment  and maintenance of the Governors’ Field.  The Parish Council is a consultee on planning applications in the parish, but Gedling Borough Council as the planning authority manages the process and determines whether permission is granted or declined.   The Parish Council is often asked by Gedling Borough Council and the County Council to publicise events and consultations within the village.

Parish Councils have the power to raise money by means of the precept. The amount needed is agreed by the Parish Council and then collected by Gedling Borough Council along with the council tax. Woodborough Parish Council also raises money by hiring out the village hall, sports field and pavilion, tennis courts and by charging cemetery fees and allotment fees.

Woodborough Parish Council is committed to promoting and maintaining high standards of conduct. The Parish Council's Members' Code of Conduct has been adopted under Section 27 of the Localism Act 2011. The latest version was adopted on 4th March 2024.

The Declarations of Interest made by members of Woodborough Parish Council can be viewed via this link to Gedling Borough Council's website.


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