What is a Parish Council? Powers & Duties How P.C's work

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Market Lavington Parish Council

PARISH COUNCIL meets on the third Tuesday of every month (except August) in the Old School at 7:15pm. Parishioners are welcome to attend these meetings where there are two 5 minute adjournements for public comments, one adjournment on agenda items, and the other on any matter.

Market Lavington Councillors:

Chairman Mr Colin Osborn 812450 colinosborn@compuserve.com
Vice-Chairman Mr Fred Davis 813077 rafreddavis@aol.com
  Mrs Ann Earley 818362 ann.earley@zen.co.uk
  Mr Bob Gordon 699051 gordonrobert1@sky.com
Mr Ian Myhill 812182 ianmyhill@gmail.com
Mr Tim Padfield t.r.padfield@cantab.net
  Mrs Teresa Steele teresadiesel@hotmail.co.uk
  Mrs Chloe Stevens chloestevens0@hotmail.co.uk
  Mrs Laura Turner-Scott turnerscott@hotmail.co.uk
  Ms Sharan White white.sharan@btinternet.com
Clerk to Council Mrs C.Hackett 01225760372 marketlavpc@gmail.com
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ELECTIONS There are currently vacancies on the Parish Council. If you are interested in becoming a parish councillor please contact the Clerk to Council as vacancies do arise from time to time.

What is a town, parish or community council?

Parish and town councils in England and community and town councils in Wales are the first tier of local government. They deliver a vast range of services at a community level. There are around 10,000 community, parish and town councils in England and Wales, made up of nearly 100,000 councillors. These first-tier councils can respond to the needs of the community – delivering the services or representation it most needs.

The parish lies at the foot of the north western scarp slope of Salisbury Plain .It originally contained Easterton, now a separate civil parish, and Gore, now in West Lavington. The parish is long and narrow with Gault clay in the north, rising to a ridge of Upper Greensand at about 96 metres at Ledge Hill. This ridge is known as the Sands and was common land for many centuries. In the 18th century its light fertile soil provided suitable land for commercial orchards and market gardening. Half the parish is on the chalk uplands (military area) that rises to about 200m on Lavington Hill.


Powers and duties

Parish and town councils have a large range of powers, and the activities parish and town councils are involved in are immense. Many parish and town councils are involved in planning, promoting tourism, licensing, community halls, representation, management of town and village centres and providing community halls.

How parish councils work

Parish councils are statutory bodies. Members are elected for a term of four years and councils are funded principally by an annual precept. Income and expenditure for the next financial year are calculated in the form of estimates. The net amount (the precept) is added to council tax, collected by the unitary council and paid to parishes in two six-monthly instalments. Parish and town councils can apply for other funding such as grant and funding awards, but they do not receive funds direct from central government, as principal authorities do.


When a planning application is submitted it is processed by the planning department within a set procedure. Applications are usually dealt with within 8 weeks of submission, but delays do occur for a variety of reasons.

Once the application is accepted as valid by the Council a series of consultation letters are sent out to a range of Statutory Consultees (such as the Highways Department, Environmental Health, English Heritage etc) which vary depending upon the individual proposal. These consultees are required to respond within 21 days with their comments on the application.

The local Parish Council will be notified and they will consider the application at one of their regular meetings. They will formally respond giving their views on the application and stating whether they approve or object.

The Parish Council has created a list of principles that it will use when considering any application.

Click here to view these principles.

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