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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Outdoor Gym Equipment
Fresh Air Fitness attended in September and having found that a part needs to be replaced in one of the items of equipment will be returning in October to carry out the work. In the meantime, the equipment remains safe to use..
Clerks Update (05 October 2021)
The next meeting of Chilham Parish Council will be on 07 October 2021 in the hall at Old Wives Lees. Proceedings will commence at 7.00 p.m. with the open public forum. We are extending the pubic forum to up to one hour as we recognise that many within our community are concerned with the proposed Solar Farm at North Court and we want to make sure that you all have the opporutnity to let us know what you think. The Parish Council will however be unable to comment until we are formally asked to consider a planning application but we welcome all views and information. You will find a copy of the meeting agenda and the draft minutes of our September meeting on our agenda and minutes page.
We are working on some exciting projects and initiatives which we are excited to bring to the communities of Shottenden, Chilham and Old Wives Lees. Our Events and Communications Working Group will be supporting the Christmas trees and events in Chilham, Shottenden and Old Wives Lees and we have registered our interest in participating in HM The Queens 2022 Julbillee Beacons. We also have a sub working group who will lead on the Youth Agenda. Watch this space as we announce more information shortly.
We currently have a casual parish councillor vacancy which we are able to fill by co-option. This vacacy is open to anyone from Chilham, Shottenden or Old Wives Lees. If you would like to find out more, please visit the "Meet the Team Page" or send me an email to email@example.com.
Parish Councillor Jane Marriott recently represented the Parish Council at the ABC Planning Committee where the Harvest House Planning Applicaiton was due to be decided. The decison of the committee was to defer the application.
I and your parish councillors look forward to seeing you at our next meeting on 07 October. This will be the perfect opportunity for you to meet your Parish Council team and raise any issues which affect your life within our community.
You can now follow us on Twitter @ParishChilham
Clerk to Chilham Parish Council
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