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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.


There are some 8,500 Councils at parish level in England. As a tier of local government they are elected bodies, with discretionary powers and rights laid down by Parliament to represent their communities and provide services for them. Policy has centred on the fact that they act as a focus for local opinion, and provide a way to get things done in a way that is best suited to their local community.

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. Councils are represented nationally by NALC, referred to above, which works with independent county associations to provide routine support for councils and their clerks. 

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.

The 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 decisions.

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 yearly instalments. 

The link below is to a website that gives a nice description as to what a parish council is, what its powers and duties are and a comparison with the district and county councils.

I have also included a document below which explains the role of the Parish Council in planning.

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.