Knowlton Parish Council is an elected body in the first tier of local Government. Local councils have the legal power to take action but have a limited number of duties.
Knowlton Parish Council plays a vital role in representing the interests of the community it serves and improving the quality of life and local environment. It can influence decision makers and deliver services to meet local needs.
The Government is encouraging local councils to deliver more services and play a greater part in their communities.
Town and Parish Councils are funded solely through Council Tax ('The Precept') and from income from any services they provide. They do not receive any direct Government funding or business rates.
They are run by councillors elected by the electors of the area. Elections are held every four years. If not enough people stand for election, the council may co-opt people to fill any vacancies. They may also co-opt people to fill vacancies which occur between elections.
Councillors are required to record possible financial interests which they or their spouses may have in a Public Register of Disclosable Pecuniary Interests. Councillors must record such interests on a form and disclose such interests at meetings of the Council and its Committees.
Forms are available to view at Knowlton Parish Councillors
Parish Councils appoint a Clerk (paid but often part time) to advise them, to carry out and record the council's decisions and to act as the 'Proper Officer'. Councils have to meet at least four times a year, including the Annual General Meeting and the Annual Parish Meeting, where they can be questioned by local electors. Their meetings must admit the public although for certain restricted items they may exclude them.