Parish Council

Enstone parish council is a type of local authority with specific statutory functions and powers. Unlike other types of local authorities, there are relatively few statutory functions imposed on it. However, the few statutory functions are important and relate to, for example, the holding of meetings, the management of its finances and the preparation of annual accounts.

Like other types of local authorities, the parish council has obligations in the Freedom of Information Act 2000, the Human Rights Act 1998 and the Equality Act 2010.

How we Operate

Most decisions about what Enstone parish council does are taken at meetings by its councillors. Some of the work is delegated to a smaller group of councillors (i.e. a committee or sub- committee) or the clerk.

Although the public has a right to attend meetings of the council and its committees, it is the councillors who collectively make decisions about council business and what services or facilities it provides. These are driven by the demands of the residents who live in the parish and are identified by listening and consultation.

Parish Council Funding

The local council must carefully budget for the expenditure it will incur in the next financial year.

The main source of income for the parish council derives from the precept levied on the residents. The precept is incorporated into the local resident’s council tax bill. Other income is raised from rent of the sports field.

Areas of Responsibility

Enstone parish has statutory powers in relation to:

  • Sports facilities
  • Local youth projects
  • Litter bins
  • Parish Hall
  • Community transport schemes
  • Crime reduction measures
  • Festivals and fetes
  • Tourism activities
  • Allotments
  • Bus shelters
  • Neighbourhood Planning
  • Street lighting
  • Traffic calming measures