A Parish Council represents and serves the whole community. Most communities are made up of many smaller communities, often with different interests, a council’s duty is to serve them all. A council balances the needs of different elements of the community to get the best results.
Each Parish Council is made up of individual Councillors who contribute to the work of the whole Council by:
- suggesting ideas
- engaging in constructive debate
- responding to the needs and views of the community
- representing their constituents
- behaving in an ethical way and being open about interests
- commenting on proposals to ensure the best outcome
- voting – to enable the council to make decisions
All Councillors agree to abide by the Code of Conduct.
Councillors must complete and keep up dated a Register of Interests and declare any interests in matters brought before the Council prior to debate. Parish councillors’ Registers of Disclosable Pecuniary Interests can be found by clicking the button below:
The Parish Council has adopted a Disclosable Pecuniary Interest Dispensation Procedure
Councillors also have to keep a register of any gifts or hospitality accepted.
Your current Councillors are:
John Cooling (Chairman), Glendower, Shrewsbury Road, Cockshutt, SY12 0JH. Tel: 01939 270309
Ian Morris, (Vice Chairman) Richmond House, 4 Willowbrook Manor, Cockshutt, SY12 0HE. Tel: 01939 270890
Julie Dean, Waterdine, Cockshutt, SY12 0JJ. Tel: 01939 272884
Linda Baumgartl, 1 Petton Lane, Petton, Burlton, SY4 5TH. Tel: 01939 270811
Every Parish Council has a Clerk, often referred to as the Parish Clerk. The common understanding is that the Clerk organises meetings, takes minutes and send letters. Over the years as the role and responsibilities of the parish council has changed, so has the role and responsibilities of the Clerk.
The Clerk’s overall responsibility is to carry out the policy decisions of the Council. He is akin to the chief executive of a company, in that he is the person that has overall responsibility for the administration and procedural aspects of the Council. The Clerk is responsible for seeing the business of the Council runs smoothly and efficiently and is conducted in accordance with the law. Normally, too, he is responsible for ensuring the Council’s financial transactions are properly authorised and recorded. Most Clerks, as sole council employees, also have to perform the clerical tasks without which the council’s business cannot properly be carried out.
So today, the skills of a Clerk have to be wide and professional – not an easy task!