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Langford Budville Parish Council

The parish council consists of 5 councillors, supported by the Parish Clerk, Christine Hake. 

Kieron McGrath - Chairman
Jan Middleton - Vice-Chairperson
Roger Poole
Valerie Pitman
Jan Middleton
Mike Perry

Our parish council usually meets at 7.30pm on the second Monday of each month in the Committee Room at the Jubilee Hall.  Everyone in the parish is welcome to attend and there is an opportunity for open discussion.  Links to the minutes of recent meetings are below, along with the Register of Members' Interests for each of our current councillors. Contact details can be found in the latest edition of Round About Magazine.

In July 2015 the Department for Communities and Local government introduced a Transparency Code.  As a part of this, Parish Councils with a turnover of less than £25,000 are required to publish on their local web site the Annual Receipts and Payments Account and Balance Sheet for each year, which you will find below along with our Parish Council's Assets Register.  We also have to publish the Agenda for the next meeting at least 3 days prior to the meeting. 

Below the following links, you will find What is a Parish Council?  We thought you might find it interesting to know what a parish council does so asked one of our councillors to fill in the details.

Minutes of Parish Council meetings:

Minutes 8 January 2018; Minutes 11 December 2017; 13 November 2017; 9 October 2017;  11 September 2017;  14 August 2017;  10 July 2017;  12 June 2017;  8 May 2017;  10 April 2017;  13 March 2017;  13 February 20179 January 201712 December 2016;  14 November 2016;   10 October 2016;  12 September 2016;   8 August 2016;  11 July 2016;  13 June 2016;  9 May 2016:  11 April 2016;14 March 2016;   8 February 2016;   11 January 2016;   14 December 2015;   9 November 2015;   12 October 2015;   14 September 2015;   10 August 2015;   6 July 2015;   8 June 2015;   18 May 2015;   13 April 2015;   9 March 2015;  9 February 2015;  12 January 2015;  8 December 2014

Agendas of forthcoming meetings:  

Agenda 12 February 2018; Agenda 8 January 2018; Agenda 11 December 2017; Agenda 13 November 2017; Agenda 9 October 2017;  Agenda 11 September 2017;  Agenda 14 August 2017;  Agenda 10 July 2017Agenda 12 June 2017;  Agenda Annual Parish Meeting 8 May 2017;  Agenda Annual Parish Council Meeting 8 May 2017;  Agenda 8 May 2017;  Agenda 10 April 2017;  Agenda 13 March 2017; Agenda 8 February 2017; Agenda 9 January 2017;   Agenda 12 December 2016;   Agenda 14 November 2016;  Agenda 10 October 2016;   Agenda 12 September 2016;   Agenda 8 August 2016;   Agenda 11 July 2016;   Agenda 13 June 2016;  Agenda 9 May 2016;  Agenda Annual Parish Council Meeting 9 May 2016; Agenda Annual Parish Meeting 9 May 2016;  Agenda 11 April 2016;   Agenda 14 March 2016;   Agenda 8 February 2016;   Agenda 11 January 2016;   Agenda 14 December 2015;   Agenda 9 November 2015;   Agenda 12 October 2015:   Agenda 14 September 2015;   Agenda 10 August 2015;

Register of Members Interests:

Roger Poole;   Kieron McGrath;   Valerie Pitman;   Jan Middleton;   Mike Perry;

Annual Return:

Financial Year ended:  31 March 201531 March 2016; 31 March 2017;

Yearly Parish Council Balance Sheet: 

Balance sheet 2014/15;   Balance sheet 2015/16; Balance Sheet 2016/17;

Notice of Conclusion of Audit:

Audit Notice 2017; Audit Notice 2016;

Notice of Commencement of Period for the Exercise of Public Rights

Notice of Commencement 2017:

Internal Audit Report

 Audit Report 2016;

Asset Register:

Asset Register 2015;   Asset Register 2016; Asset Register 2017;

CIL Annual Report:

CIL Annual Report 2016;  


What is a Parish Council?

A parish council is a statutory authority set up under the Local Government Act 1972.  It is the first tier of local government, below district and county authorities.

Who sits on the Parish Council?

The council is made up of councillors elected by residents of the parish. Councillors are elected every four years, though this does not necessarily mean that a ballot will take place.  If no one stands against the existing councillors then they are elected unopposed.

Langford Budville PC consists of five councillors and a paid officer, the Clerk. The Clerk does not vote or make decisions. That is the function of the councillors.

What powers do Parish Councils have?

Parish councils have a wide range of powers including the following:

  • Right to be notified of planning applications.

  • Power to acquire land and maintain it.

  • Provision of Bye Laws (Power to make bye-laws in regard to pleasure grounds, cycle parks, baths and washhouses, open spaces and burial grounds, mortuaries and post-mortem rooms!)

  • Duty on Parish Councils to consider crime reduction in every policy and action.

  • Liaise with Police, neighbourhood watch. 

  • Ensure Footpaths are in order.  Check on road signage and drainage and contact relevant authority if necessary.

  • LBPC are directly responsible for the Triangle, including the Play Area.

  • Allotments

  • They also have the power to raise money through the council tax (parish precept)

  • Plus many more ...

Who are Parish Councils accountable to?

They are accountable to the electors of the parish. The PC's accounts are approved by the District Auditor. Councillors are bound by a Code of Conduct. Breaches of that code of conduct are investigated by the Standards Board for England. Councillors found guilty of a breach can be removed from office.

Who can attend Parish Council Meetings?

Parish council meetings are open to the public and press. Notice of the date and time of meetings must be published in advance, usually on notice boards. The Clerk can also provide details.

Can I speak at a Parish Council meeting?

Not when the PC is conducting its business. It is considered good practice to allocate time for the public to speak, usually at the start of the meeting. The chairman can call the meeting off to allow comments from the floor.

Do councillors have to declare an interest in matters on the agenda?

Under the code of conduct councillors must declare a personal or financial interest in such matters.

What powers do Parish Councils have with regard to planning applications?

Parish councils have the right to be consulted about planning applications. The council will discuss the application and its views will be taken into account by the planning authority, providing the points made are relevant to the determination of a planning application.