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WHAT IS A PARISH COUNCIL?

Individual councillor members contribute to the work of the Parish Council by suggesting ideas, engaging in constructive debate, responding to the needs and views of the community, representing their constituents, behaving in an ethical way and being open about interests, commenting on proposals to ensure the best outcome and voting – to enable the council to make decisions.

The chairman, assisted by the clerk, guides these activities by managing the meetings of the council. No individual councillor (including the chairman) can make a decision on behalf of the council.

Law determines what the council must do (its duties), what it can choose to do (its powers) and what it cannot do.

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