WHAT IS A PARISH COUNCIL?
The Parish Council is the lowest tier of local government with discretionary statutory powers enabling them to represent their communities and to provide services for their Parish in a way best suited to them. A Parish Council can only do what legislation requires (duties) or permits (powers) them to do. With its own legal personality, the Council is only able to make decisions at a Council meeting.
The Council is funded primarily by requesting a precept (a mandatory demand) from the district council. For 2016-17 the precept for Rotherfield Peppard Parish Council (RPPC) will be £31,600 (in 2015-16 it was £27,500). The precept is funded by the residents of Rotherfield Peppard, collected by SODC as part of the Council Tax Bill.
For more information about the finances of the Parish Council go to Finance and Admin
A Parish Council is directed by, and consists of, at least 5 Councillors (RPPC has a maximum of 10), one of which must be the Chairman.
The Council members are all volunteers, the Clerk is an employee of the Parish Council. For more information about the constitution of the Council go to The Council.
A Parish Council must hold one annual meeting and at least three other meetings each year. All meetings must be open to the public and the press. Times and dates of meetings must be made available to the public, with agendas being issued at least 3 clear days before the meeting. Only items on the agenda can be considered in the meeting. Click <here> to view the RPPC meetings for 2016.
A Parish Council is subject to the Freedom of Information Act 2000, making information available to the public. In June 2015, RPPC adopted the transparency Code for small Council. To view statutory documents go to Documentation, to view the minutes of the meetings go to meetings and to view the Financial information go to Finance and Admin.
Saturday 5th March 10am : Annual Litter Blitz
- Join us and the WI in the 'Great Clear Up' to celebrate the Queen's 90th Birthday. Meet us outside the Unicorn pub; or spend a few minutes clearing the litter and debris from outside the front of your home.
Saturday 23rd April 10am : Annual Parish Meeting
- Guest speaker from CPRE
Sunday 1st May 2pm : Annual beating the Bounds
- Enjoy an afternoon walking the eastern boundary of the parish. Dogs welcome!
RPPC operates a village email service to communicate Parish Matters.
If you would like to subscribe, please email the clerk on email@example.com
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