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It is important to distinguish the work of the Parish Council (the "PC") from that of the Parochial Church Council (the "PCC"). The names, roles, addresses and telephone numbers of your Parish Councillors are permanently displayed on the Parish Notice Board. The PC meets on the first Wednesday of each month, except for January and August when no meetings are usually held.
What we spend and how we spend it
Every year, the PC submits a precept to Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council for the money we calculate that we need to administer the services which we are responsible for, e.g. grass-cutting, maintenance of the children's playground, the pensioners' monthly minibus service and so forth. Tenders are invited for all major contracts, and suppliers are selected on the basis of value for money, and the quality and reliability of work. Our accounts are independently audited and the results displayed annually on the Notice Board.
What our priorities are and how we are doing
The agendas for all PC meetings are displayed at least three working days in advance. Minutes of the previous month's meeting have to be approved by Councillors at the following month's meeting and then are immediately displayed.
How we make decisions
All regular PC meetings are transparent and open to the public. Visitors may question Councillors as appropriate. On matters of widespread local interest, formal consultations are organised. Where individual planning applications are concerned, Councillors may personally inspect the location and seek input from neighbouring properties (the PC's role in this is to advise the Local Authority - the PC has no power to approve or reject planning applications).
Our Policies and Procedures
The PC is gradually creating written policy and procedural statements.
The PC does not hold any official lists or registers: this is the responsibility of Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council.
Charges for information photocopies: prints will be charged at 10p per A4/A5 page, charges will be higher for larger formats.
Routine enquiries should initially be directed to the Parish Clerk; if he is not available, any Councillor will be pleased to try and help.