What is the Parish Council?
Bekesbourne with Patrixbourne Parish Council operates under the rules of a local council. A Local council is a universal term for community, neighbourhood, parish and town councils. They are the first tier of local government and are statutory bodies. They serve electorates and are independently elected and raise their own precept (a form of council tax). There are 10,000 local councils in England with over 30% of the country parishes and 100,000 councillors who serve in these local councils, with over £1b being invested into these communities every year.
Local councils work towards improving community well-being and providing better services. Their activities fall into three main categories: representing the local community; delivering services to meet local needs; striving to improve quality of life and community well-being.
Through an extensive range of discretionary powers local councils provide and maintain a variety of important and visible local services including allotments, bridleways, burial grounds, bus shelters, car parks, commons and open spaces, community transport schemes, community safety and crime reduction measures, events and festivals, footpaths, leisure and sports facilities, litter bins, public toilets, planning, street cleaning and lighting, tourism activities, traffic calming measures, village greens and youth projects.
National Association for Local Councils, 2020
Bekesbourne with Patrixbourne Council meet on the second Monday every other month, unless otherwise specified. All memebers of the public are welcome and encouraged to join. Currently the council are meeting via the online platform Zoom, in accordance with government guidance on social distancing. Please see the news page for information on the next meeting.