Who we are & what we do
Parish Clerk, Sarah Stock firstname.lastname@example.org
If you would like to become a councillor - (parish residents over the age of 18) or find out more about what is involved then please contact the Clerk and also read the Good Councillor guide below.
The Precept is that element of your Council Tax that is paid to Pitsford Parish Council.
Every year, the Parish Council draws up a budget and calculates how much money it needs for the next Financial Year. These are usually finalised at the January Full Council meeting and then submitted to Daventry District Council. DDC co-ordinate the other demands from NCC, Police and themselves and come up with the rate to be paid from 1st April that year.
What the Parish Council Does
The Parish Council is a small local authority. Its councillors are elected for four years at a time. Vacancies occurring between elections are filled by bye-election (if requested) or co-option. The council is the corporation of its village or town.
Each year the councillors choose a chairman from amongst their number. There is also a vice-chairman and a clerk, who is the Legal/Proper Officer and the Responsible Finance Officer of the council. The Clerk is not a councillor.
Parish Councils have a number of formal powers. They maintain and guard things such as rights of way, bus shelters, public seats, small scale street lighting, often provide village halls and meeting places, look after playing fields, play areas and village greens. The Parish Council can do these things by providing them itself, or by helping someone else manage them(a charity or volunteers). In Pitsford the Playing Field, School and Village Hall are trusts and are managed by committees of volunteer village residents or, in the case of the school, ultimately by NCC.
Registered Number Charity name
1059826 PITSFORD SCHOOL ASSOCIATION
279360 PITSFORD SPORTSFIELD CHARITY
203942 VILLAGE INSTITUTE PITSFORD
Parish councils have the power to improve the quality of community life by spending sums of money on things which, in their opinion, are in the interests of the parish or its inhabitants. If you have any questions or requests contact the Parish Clerk.
Councils are also the focal point for local consultation on matters such as planning applications and Council strategic planning. The parish councillors know the village and can represent its views to other authorities such as District and County Councils. They are entitled to be consulted on planning applications and are often consulted on things like schools and roads. They put the case for the parish at public enquiries.
How much does the Parish Council cost?
Parish Councils are the most un-bureaucratic and cheapest kind of local authority in existence. Their funds are a tiny part of the council tax. They get no general government grant, and so have every incentive to be economical. The accounts are strictly audited every year by an internal auditor and the Audit Commission.
Who controls the Parish Council?
You do! The Parish Council has 9 councillor seats. All councillors receive no payment whatsoever. The parish residents can elect its members every four years and you are encouraged to go to the Annual Parish Meeting and say what you think. Members of the public are also welcome to sit in on the bi-monthly council meetings, and participate in the public session.
The Parish Council meets in January, March, May, July, September and November. Extraordinary meetings will occasionally be called to deal with matters between meetings.
The Annual Parish Meeting (not a Parish Council meeting) This will be held in April or May each year. This is a short open meeting that we encourage parish residents to come along to. You will hear about the activities of village groups and reports from our District Councillors and County Councillor. We also invite a Police representative.