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A Parish Council is the lowest tier of national government.
We are the interface between village residents and local / higher government, we also interact with various local community groups involved in such areas as police / crime prevention and transport matters.
The Parish Council represents the views and concerns of the residents of the Parish; these views and concerns are discussed at a Parish Council meeting which is generally held on the first Monday of each month (except August, actual meeting dates are listed below). The Parish Council allow the first 15 minutes of the meeting for any member of the public to speak, after this time the public are welcome to stay for the duration of the meeting but are not allowed to speak.
There is also an Annual General Meeting of the Parish Council held in April or May of each year, where the Chairman of the Parish Council and representatives from various village organisations may report on events of the year past.
There is no 'warding' in Sutton Bonington, all elected councillors serve and represent the whole village – not just the part they may live in. Individual councillors do not have, and cannot be given, powers to make decisions on behalf of the Parish Council. This applies as much to the Chair as to the other councillors, although the Chair does have personal responsibilities in connection with the content and smooth running of formal meetings.
Sutton Bonington Parish Council:-
Is a member of NALC (the National Association of Local Councils) from whom we take guidance where needed.
Employ an experienced and qualified (Certificate in Local Council Administration) Council Clerk who is also the Responsible Financial Officer for the council.
Produce and publish externally audited annual accounts.
Work closely with our elected Borough and County Council representatives.
Among other things, the Parish Council each year sets, submits and receives a precept - this is the portion of a council tax bill which comes back - to fund the running and works that the Parish Council undertakes or that it is bound to provide. We are informed and consulted on planning issues specifically within the Parish but also on larger projects outside but which may affect the parish in some way.
If you have any question that you feel the Parish Council maybe able to help with, please contact any of the councillors, the current list is below, contact the Clerk to Council, or come to the monthly meeting.
Monday 8 Jan '18
Monday 5 Feb '18
Monday 5 Mar '18
Tuesday 3 Apr '18
Tuesday 8 May '18
Monday 4 June '18
Monday 2 July '18
Monday 3 Sept '18
Monday 1 Oct '18
Monday 5 Nov '18
Monday 3 Dec '18
Agenda will be posted on village notice boards at least 3 days prior to meeting.
Annual Parish meeting will be held on Wednesday 16th May and the Finance meeting will be on 21 November.