What Your Parish Can Do For You
Every year a sum of money called a ‘precept’ is collected through your Council Tax. This precept is then used by the Parish Council to maintain and improve facilities and services in the local area. This is then supplemented by the Parish Council applying for grants and finding other sources of funding wherever possible.
Speen Parish Council provides many services (as seen on our home page).
In-between full Council meetings Speen Parish Council has working party meetings, which present a report and proposals for each full Council meeting. The different working parties are: Finance and General Purposes, Planning and Highways, Recreation grounds, Communications, Governance.
Parish Councils make all sorts of decisions affecting the local community and help to influence decisions that affect the community. Parish Councils also comment on planning applications.
If you have any issues, comments or suggestions the Council would be happy to hear them. Please contact the clerk (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Powers and Duties of Parish Councils include:-
- Power to provide and maintain bus shelters.
- Power to provide allotments.
- Power to install CCTV and make grants to the police authority to prevent crime.
- Power to clean ditches and maintain a pond.
- Power to provide places of entertainment and promote the arts.
- Power to provide recreational facilities.
- Power to maintain and repair a footpath.
- Power to buy and manage land for a range of purposes.
- Power to provide parking places and cycle racks.
- Power to provide buildings for public use.
- Power to maintain war memorials.
- Right to be notified of planning applications.
If you want to find out more about Speen Parish Council and what we do, try coming along to one of our meetings. These are held once a month and include an open session at the beginning so we can hear your views. Or you can contact the clerk.