Parish Councils are the closest sector of local government to the community. It has certain powers and duties given to them through Government legislation and it must serve all residents fairly and equally, taking into consideration different interests and concerns.
All decisions are made democratically at properly convened Parish Council meetings. Some powers have been delegated to the Clerk, such as the administration of the allotment plots, and as per the Council’s Financial Regulations, some decisions may have to be made between meetings, for example in an emergency. However these meetings are always ratified retrospectively at the next Parish Council meeting.
Stanton under Bardon Parish Council has close partnership links with Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council, Leicestershire County Council, the Environment Agency and Leicestershire Constabulary and work closely in developing initiatives that improve the Parish.
The Council consist of 5 seats which are filled with elected members who serve for a four year term. Elections are held every four years when all Councillors must be re-elected or stand down. Vacancies arising in between elections can be filled by a process called co-option.
Role of the Chairman
The Parish Council Chairman is elected by the other Councillors and is typically elected for a period of a year. The Chairman will often represent the Council at community events and is responsible for chairing the meetings of the council, ensuring good order, and using their casting vote in the event of a tie on any matter requiring a Council decision. Beyond this, the Chairman has no other authority and cannot act independently on behalf of the Council.
Role of the Parish Clerk
The Council employs a part-time Parish Clerk who works flexibly throughout the week. The role of the Parish Clerk is to ensure that the council conducts its business properly and to provide independent, objective and professional advice and support. They are under a statutory duty to carry out all the functions and to serve or issue all the notifications required by the law of a Local Authority’s Proper Officer. The Parish Clerk is an employee of the Parish Council. They are not an elected officer and can only make decisions which the Parish Council’s elected Members delegate to them. Typically, these responsibilities are set out in the Parish Clerk’s contract of employment and include most day-to-day administrative functions.