Welcome to Adstock Parish Council Website
A Parish Council has formed the ‘grass roots’ tier of civil government since 1894. It acts as the voice of its local community, passing parishioners’ opinions and views on to higher levels of government and other bodies. Its powers are defined and granted by acts of Parliament.
A Parish Council’s expenditure must be made in accordance with the acts of Parliament. Its accounts must be made public to parishioners and they are strictly audited by government appointed auditors. A Parish Council may be concerned with ‘parochial charities’ – charities ‘the benefits of which are confined to the inhabitants of the parish’. Parish Councils may spend additional money on other items and initiatives for ‘any purpose which in its opinion is of direct benefit to its area or to the inhabitants.
Parish Councils have limited tax raising powers and have the ‘general powers to make byelaws for the good rule and government of its area’.
The next level of local government above Parish Councils is the unitary council – in our case this is Buckinghamshire Council. The unitary council has responsibility for areas such as local planning, education, highways, environmental services, housing and waste disposal.
Adstock Parish Council has a contract with Buckinghamshire Council to cut the grass verges within the 30 mph area. This give the Parish Council devolved powers, staying within the contract to, to hire its own contractor and decide how often the grass is cut.
You can get a better idea of what Adstock Parish Council is doing for you by regularly watching this site and you are always welcome at the Parish Council Meetings.
Forthcoming Parish Council Meetings
Within the Government’s guidance, the follow dates are set for the Parish Council to meet.