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Shawbury Parish Council

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THE PARISH COUNCIL

Shawbury Parish Council, elected by the local parishioners, is the first tier of local government and is one of 70,000 parish and town councils in England. Its role is to serve the interests of the community and improve the quality of the local environment.
 
The Council represents the village of Shawbury and the smaller communities around the village including Edgebolton, Muckleton and Great Wytheford. Elections are held every four years and the Council has an allocation of twelve seats. At the last election there were only five nominations and as a result the Council has had to co-opt an additional seven Members. The next election for Council Members will take place in May 2022. Details of the election procedure will be well publicised from March 2022.
 
Local Councils have powers granted by the Government, including the authority to raise money through taxation. This is known as the precept and in Shawbury for the current year this has been set at £51,250.00  The Council uses this money to provide a range of services, which includes street lighting, ground maintenance, children’s play areas, litter collection, etc. The precept is at times supplemented by other money raised by the Council, including grant aid from a range of providers.
 
The administration of the Council is handled by the Parish Clerk/Responsible Finance Officer, who is the only paid employee of the Council, with other services contracted to individuals or companies. Council Members do not receive any payment but can claim a small allowance to cover the cost of printing Council documents and travelling on Council business. Currently none of the Members make a claim.
 
The Council normally meets in the Village Hall at 7.00pm on the second Tuesday in the month and details of meetings, agendas and minutes are published locally and on the web site. Members of the public are welcome to attend the meetings, raise issues of interest or concern before the start of the meeting and stay on to listen to the debate. 
 
A few years ago a committee of local people and Councillors completed a Parish Plan and this has been used to identify the needs and aspirations of the local community. Using this as a base the Council has adopted a pro-active approach to its business and an exciting programme of development has and is taking place. This approach has been recognised by other providers and as a result since then over sixty thousand pounds has been raised in grant aid.

 
Shawbury Parish Council, elected by the local parishioners, is the first tier of local government and is one of 70,000 parish and town councils in England. Its role is to serve the interests of the community and improve the quality of the local environment.
 The Council represents the village of Shawbury and the smaller communities around the village including Edgebolton, Muckleton and Great Wytheford. Elections are held every four years and the Council has an allocation of twelve seats. At the last election there were only five nominations and as a result the Council has had to co-opt an additional seven Members. The next election for Council Members will take place in May 2017. Details of the election procedure will be well publicised from March 2017.
Local Councils have powers granted by the Government, including the authority to raise money through taxation. This is known as the precept and in Shawbury for the current year this has been set at £47,000.00  The Council uses this money to provide a range of services, which includes street lighting, ground maintenance, children’s play areas, litter collection, etc. The precept is at times supplemented by other money raised by the Council, including grant aid from a range of providers.
The administration of the Council is handled by the Parish Clerk/Responsible Finance Officer, who is the only paid employee of the Council, with other services contracted to individuals or companies. Council Members do not receive any payment but can claim a small allowance to cover the cost of printing Council documents and travelling on Council business. Currently none of the Members make a claim.
The Council normally meets in the Village Hall at 7.00pm on the second Tuesday in the month and details of meetings, agendas and minutes are published locally and on the web site. Members of the public are welcome to attend the meetings, raise issues of interest or concern before the start of the meeting and stay on to listen to the debate. 
A few years ago a committee of local people and Councillors completed a Parish Plan and this has been used to identify the needs and aspirations of the local community. Using this as a base the Council has adopted a pro-active approach to its business and an exciting programme of development has and is taking place. This approach has been recognised by other providers and as a result since then over sixty thousand pounds has been raised in grant aid.
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