What Does the Parish Council Do?
The Duties and Responsibilities of Chilham Parish Council
The Parish Council carried out a full range of duties for the benefit of the residents and meets once a month to administer parish business. All parish councillors volunteer their time, the only paid employee is the Clerk who sets the agendas, minutes the meetings and implements the actions and decisions. The Clerk also ensures that we operate within the law. Members of the public are encouraged to attend our meetings and have an opportunity to speak to councillors during the Public Open Forum at the start of each meeting. The Parish Council is funded by a precept which is collected from residnets by Ashford Borough Council as part of the Council Tax. Most importantly, the parish council is eleted to meet the needs and represent the views of its parishoners.
The Parish Council manages the precept as referred to above. We produce a budget and report against it on a quarterly basis. There are rigourous rules governing the financial arrangments of Parish Councils which are overseen by the Responsible Financial Officer and the Independent Internal Auditor.
The Parish Council is included in the consultaiton process for planning applications.
The Parish Council carries 3rd party liability insurance
We recognise that many people in the parish don’t understand what the parish council can and cannot do, so this website and regular newsletters keep you informed about what your parish council is doing on your behalf. We welcome feedback, good or bad, so please use the form on the how are we doing page to let us have your views on the website or, for that matter, any issue that you think the parish council should be dealing with.
You can now also follow us on Twitter @ParishChilham
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Eric and Alan Busby’s Memorial Tree
On Saturday 6th November, a group of friends and family of Olive and Bunty Busby gathered on Old Wives Lees village green to plant a tree in memory of their late husbands, Eric and Alan.
Read the full article here
02 December 2021
The next meeting of the council will be on 02 December 2021 and will be held in the hall at Old Wives Lees. One of the items on the agenda will be for the council to consider its response to the proposed closure of the Chilham Branch Surgery.
All attendees are asked to wear a face mask (unless speaking), observe social distanding and use hand sanitiser. We recommend also that you do a lateral flow test if you are able to do so.
Our Events and Communications Working Group is working with a team of residents on the Christmas Events which are being held in Chilham, Old Wives Lees and Shottenden. The dates and times are
12 December 2021 6 p.m. Chilham
18 December 6 p.m. Shottenden
19 December 6 p.m. Old Wives Lees
We hope you will join us for carolling, mulled wine and mince pies as the community comes together to celebrate Christmas.
You can now follow us on Twitter @ParishChilham
Clerk to Chilham Parish Council
Support Local Businesses During Covid19
Please support our local businesses in the area whenever you can to help them through the covid pandemic.