The district determines the number of councillors for each parish. We have seven, one of whom is the chairman, and, although it is not a legal requirement, our Council has elected one member to be vice-chairman.
All parish councils have a Clerk, known as the Proper Officer, who is a bona fide employee of the council and is in receipt of an incremental salary based upon the hours worked. The Clerk’s role is pivotal as he/she is responsible for attending meetings, preparing agendas and minutes, preparing the accounts and ensuring that the Council functions properly.
The status of the Parish Council is that of a body corporate and is distinct from its members, either as individuals or collectively. Its lawful acts, assets and liabilities are its own and not those of its members.