Role of Parish Council

The Parish Council is the first level of government. In this Parish it is non-political.

The Parish Council is NOT the Parochial Church Council

What does the Parish Council do?

It is the job of the Parish Council to represent the interests of the whole community, and Parish Councillors have a responsibility to be well informed about diverse local views.

The Parish Council is empowered by Parliament, including having authority to raise money through taxation (the Precept) and to spend that public money.

  • It is consulted on all planning applications in the Parish
  • It pursues Leicestershire County Council on highway matters
  • It is responsible for community safety
  • It provides public seats and bus shelters
  • It ensures rights of way are protected, in co-operation with the County Council
  • It maintains updates and refurbishes some of the village street lighting
  • It ensures the Parish is clean and tidy and supplies extra waste bins when needed
  • It is responsible for maintaining Sheepy Churchyard and cuts other grass areas in the Parish

These are only some of the issues that concern your Parish Council on a regular basis.

For the future, Central Government is to encourage Parish Councils to deliver more services and to play a greater part in their communities

We can

  • Represent your views to local government
  • Give your view on planning applications from a local perspective taking account your opinions
  • Liaise with the appropriate authority with regard to environmental problems, road safety, road and footpath maintenance
  • Put you in touch with people at District and County levels who may be able to help you
  • Make things happen in the Parish – we were instrumental in developing the footpath around the Glade, re-furbishing the War Memorial in Sheepy Magna and providing noticeboards and village signs.
  • Assist in funding projects which benefit the village, i.e. Village Halls and  Playing Fields

We cannot

  • Solve disputes between neighbours
  • Act as an extension of the police
  • Make decisions on planning
  • Override Borough, County, National or Government decisions
  • Always give you what you want- we may not be able to, or we may consider it not to be in the best interest of the village as a whole

Structure of the Parish Council

There are 11 Parish Councillors in 4 Wards who are elected every four years, and are volunteers. Of the 11 Councillors, 7 represent Sheepy Magna and Sheepy Parva, 2 represent Sibson and 1 each for Wellsborough and Upton. From the Councillors, a Chairman and Vice Chairman are elected each year.

The Clerk to the Parish Council is a paid position, but with no voting rights, and is an employee of the Council.

How to become a Parish Councillor

Every four years the Council is dissolved and all eleven Councillors have to be reappointed. At this time anyone who lives in the Parish aged 18 years or over can put themselves forward as a potential Councillor. If there are more prospective Councillors than places there is an election (poll) – in the same way as all elected representatives are selected. If there are only enough nominees or insufficient there is no election and all are automatically appointed. If, during the course of a four- year cycle a Councillor leaves , for whatever reason, the vacancy will be published and after a due period a replacement Councillor will be co-opted.

Meetings

The Parish Council meets ten times a year (usually the first Tuesday of the month, except January and July). The public is entitled to attend and listen to discussions, and a maximum of 30 minutes are set aside at the beginning of the meeting for the public to address the meeting. The Parish Council deals with a wide variety of issues and is well represented on County and Borough matters by the respective Councillors who regularly attend Parish Council meetings.

For further information contact the Clerk at info@sheepyparish.com