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Parish Council Information – General
Parish Councils have a number of powers vested in them by Acts of Parliament (as do Town and Community Councils). Follow the link in the sidebar to see a summary of the Powers vested in Horsted Keynes Parish Council. (Each description is brief and is intended to provide an overview only – if you would like further information please contact the Clerk who will put you in touch with one of our Parish Councillors).
Like all powers given to public bodies the powers of local councils are defined in detail in legislation and these details may include a requirement to obtain the consent of another body (for example the approval of the County Council for the provision of a car park).
Local Councils must exercise their powers whilst also taking into account the provisions of the general law (e.g. applying for planning permission when necessary).
This Bill has a major impact on parish councils as it is becoming clear that services are moving down to local (parish or district) council level. For example parish councils will have more input into local planning issues via the Neighbourhood Plan, they may be able to own community assets and they may be able to take on services that the Local Authority currently provides (mending potholes perhaps). The broadest measure considered in the Bill is the power to do anything that is not specifically prohibited! These changes offer challenges to parish councillors but also the possibility of making a real difference in the community. For more details follow link to “Local Democracy West Sussex County Times Articles” .
The Parish Council currently has an overall responsibility for the well being of the Village and surrounding Parish and our work falls into three main categories:
1. Representing the local community
2. Delivering services to meet local needs
3. Striving to improve the quality of life in the local area.
This includes a multitude of things such as providing Allotments, maintaining the Bus shelter; ensuring that the Litter and Fido bins are emptied, involvement in local Youth Projects, maintaining The Green, Recreation Ground and open spaces; commenting upon Planning applications; maintaining the Public Toilets; involvement in crime reduction measures and much, much more…..
Councillors are in a great position to help identify the needs of our community and to deliver projects and initiatives that will help to make Horsted Keynes a better place to live. For even more information please follow this link.