The role of the Parish Council
The role of the Parish Council is to represent the interests of the whole community. It is a part of local government supporting the democratic process. Local Councils provide a focus for the community to identify concerns and projects, and endeavour to solve them locally themselves.
The Parish Council is a corporate body, and a legal entity, separate from that of its Members, and is accountable to the local community. Your Parish Council represents the residents of Elmdon and Wenden Lofts which includes Duddenhoe End and Lower Pond Street.
Its decisions are the responsibility of the whole body and are made collectively and by majority. The Parish Council has been granted powers by Parliament including the authority to raise money through taxation - the precept, and a range of powers to spend public money.
A Parish Council is an elected body in the first tier of local government. Elections take place every 4 years, the next elections will be held in 2023. Other tiers, known as principal councils or authorities, such as Uttlesford District Council and Essex County Council, have many legal duties to deliver services such as education, housing, town and country planning, transport, environmental health and social services.
Parish Councils have the legal power to take action, but they have very few duties and greater freedom to choose what action to take. They can play a vital part in representing the interests of the communities they serve and improving the quality of life and the local environment.
The Parish Council is an employer. The Parish Clerk and the Responsible Financial Officer work for and with the Council to action its decisions, monitor the council’s spending and maintaining the budget in a clear and transparent manner.