Accept and Continue

Cookies on this site

This site uses cookies. For more information, please see our privacy policy.
Skip to main content


Welcome to Shalden Parish Council's website! 

If you are receiving email updates, the areas that we most regularly update are the news section and parish council meetings page which has minutes and agendas for our meetings, please have a look.

The first point of contact for the parish council is the Parish Clerk, Katherine Horton who can be contacted on 07866 443350 or email on If you have any concerns regarding a community issue, please in the first instance contact the Clerk who will be pleased to help.

The document below answers the what?, how?, why? and who? questions you might have about parish councils



Parish Councils are the first tier of local government and are the first point of contact for anyone concerned with a community issue. They are democratically elected local authorities who have a wide range of powers including looking after community buildings, planning, street lighting and allotments. They also have the power to raise money through council tax.

Shalden Parish Council is comprised of five unpaid elected parish councillors who serve a four-year term of office. It also employs a part-time Clerk to implement the council's decisions.

Parish Councils act as sounding boards for local opinion, though the range of services and amenities provided varies enormously. They often work with local voluntary organisations and other tiers of local government and have an important role in providing and improving very local services and amenities. 

Funding for the Parish Council is allocated by the district council and is taken from the area’s council tax; this is called an annual precept. Each year, the income and expenditure for the next financial year are calculated in the form of estimates and this amount is requested from the District Council and is added to the local council tax and then returned to the parishes in two instalments. 

The link provides extra detail about what a parish council is, what its powers and duties are and provides a comparison with the district and county councils.