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The Parish Council is made up of 11 Councillors who are elected every 4 years. They may volunteer their time but Parish Councillors are holders of public office. Parish councils are the first tier of local Government with the power to raise tax, known as the precept. Money raised by the Parish Council can only be spent within the Parish of Stoke sub Hamdon. There are nearly 10,000 parish councils in England ranging from 100 residents up to the largest which has around 150,000 residents
Parish Council Minutes and Agendas
To find out the dates of forthcoming Parish Council meetings and to view meeting agendas and minutes, visit our Agenda and Minutespage.
To see who your Parish Councillors are, have a look at our Parish Council page.
What does the Parish Council do?
The principal topics with which the Parish Council concerns itself include community safety, housing, street lighting, allotments, cemetery, community open spaces, litter, the War Memorial, seats and shelters, Rights of Way and footpaths plus some involvement in planning, transport and highways. The Parish Council can provide financial support to local groups and organisations by awarding grants in order to support their activities within the community. Each year at the Annual Parish Council meeting, the Parish Council elects a Chairman and Vice-Chairman. Councillors. The chairman of council is Cllr Denise Burton and the Vice Chair of Council is Cllr Michael Phillips.