Parish Council - Introduction

Parish Councils are local authorities as defined in the Local Government Act 1972, section 270. They are corporate bodies, and membership is by election for four years. The number of Councillors is determined by the size of the electoral roll of the parish. Councillors are unpaid volunteers and members of the local community. The Council has the power to co-opt members of the public on to the Council, in which case they may serve until the next Council elections.

Parish Councils are also able to appoint a Clerk who is an employed member of the Council. Clerks may not take decisions binding on the Council, except where specific matters have been delegated to them either by statute or by the Council.


The Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group and the Parish Council will launch the public consultation on the Neighbourhood Plan on 1st December 2017 until 24th February.   The normal consultation period is 6 weeks, but as this consultation runs over the Christmas holiday we are running it for an additional 7 weeks.   There will also be a public meeting on Tuesday 6th February at 8pm at the village hall with a presentation, questions and answers on the Plan. The whole plan, which runs to approximately 200 pages is divided into 2 sections – the Plan itself (just under 100 pages) and the Evidence Base, which contains the results of all the consultations and feedback and other documents etc.  The most important parts of the Plan are in Section 2. – A Vision for Beckley and Stowood and Section 3.

Co-option of a Parish Councillor

May 7th resulted in the re-election of Cllrs Cox, Rust, Scott & Soanes. Cllr Marsh did not stand for a second term, and the Parish Council would like to thank Clare very much for all her hard work over the last 5 years. If any parishioner is interested in taking up the Councillor position vacated by Clare please let the Clerk know by close of play on Wednesday 13th May, one applicant has already indicated a wish to take on the role. Co-option onto the Parish Council will be agreed at the Parish Council meeting on Thursday 14th May.