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Stanton-under-Bardon Parish Council

What is a Parish Council?


Parish councils have been granted powers by Parliament including the authority to raise money through taxation ad use it to spend public money on maintaining and improving local facilities and services specific to the Parish they serve. 

All decisions must be made democratically at properly convened Parish Council meetings that are held in the small meeting room at Stanton under Bardon Village Hall on St John Cole Crescent at 7:00pm on the first Wednesday of each month. All agenda and minutes of meetings are available on this website.

Stanton under Bardon Parish Council has five elected members  who serve for a four year term. Elections are held every four years when all Councillors must be re-elected or stand down. Vacancies arising in between elections can be filled by a process called co-option. 

Stanton under Bardon Parish Council works in close partnership with agencies such as Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council and Leicestershire County Council on various issues that affect residents. This can include planning, highways, traffic, community safety, housing, street lighting, allotments, playing fields, litter, war memorials, seats and shelters and rights of way. The Council also works in close partnership with agencies such as The National Forest, the Environment Agency, Cliffe Hill Quarry and Severn Trent Water to develop initiatives that will improve the Parish. 



Role of the Chairman

The Parish Council Chairman is elected by the other Councillors and is typically elected for a period of a year.  The Chairman will often represent the Council at community events and is responsible for chairing the meetings of the council, ensuring good order, and using their casting vote in the event of a tie on any matter requiring a Council decision. Beyond this, the Chairman has no other authority and cannot act independently on behalf of the Council. 


Role of the Parish Clerk

The Council employs a part-time Parish Clerk who works flexibly throughout the week. The role of the Parish Clerk is to ensure that the council conducts its business properly and to provide independent, objective and professional advice and support. They are under a statutory duty to carry out all the functions and to serve or issue all the notifications required by the law of a Local Authority’s Proper Officer. The Parish Clerk is an employee of the Parish Council. They are not an elected officer and can only make decisions which the Parish Council’s elected Members delegate to them. Typically, these responsibilities are set out in the Parish Clerk’s contract of employment and include most day-to-day administrative functions.