Parish Councils are the first tier of local government and the closest to the community they serve. They are elected bodies with statutory and discretionary powers and rights to represent their communities and provide services for them.
Local councils are represented nationally by the National Association of Local Councils which has a network of county branches. The Association offers extensive training and support for Local Councils and their Clerks. Prestbury Parish Council is a member of the Cheshire Association of Local Councils.
By law there are certain obligations which a local council must fulfil. For example:
- It must hold an annual meeting
It must hold at least three other meetings a year
It must appoint such officers as it believes necessary for the proper discharge of its functions (this may be a Councillor unpaid, but in common practice is a Clerk and/or Treasurer)
It must make Standing Orders
The Clerk is responsible for carrying out the work of the Council and is known as the Proper Officer. The Council also has an Assistant Clerk who is the Responsible Financial Officer. They have no power of delegation other than for emergency work as set out in the Financial Regulations.
The range of services and amenities provided by Prestbury Parish Council varies enormously, from adult learning classes to graveyard maintenance, but all contribute to the primary objective of responding to the needs of residents within the Parish.
Our aims are to:
- improve and maintain local services and facilities
support local voluntary organisations and activities
influence and lobby on local development and services
provide a sustainable living environment which embraces the local infrastructure and surrounding countryside
promote a prosperous local economy
encourage culture, recreation and sport
maintain a healthy and safe environment
encourage a community spirit and community participation
Prestbury Parish Council must operate within strict legislation prescribed by statutes – providing a direction for the powers and duties a Council is able to exercise in carrying out Council business.
Prestbury Parish Council adheres to the below legal requirements.
LOCALISM ACT 2011
When conducting Council business, we will keep to the law, and abide by the Localism Act 2011.
LOCAL GOVERNMENT ACT 1972
When conducting Council business, we will keep to the law, and abide by the Local Government Act 1972.
REPRESENTATION OF THE PEOPLE ACT 1983 + 1985