Who we are & what we do
What is a Parish Council? A parish council is a local authority that makes decisions on behalf of the people in the parish. It is the level government closest to the community, with the district authority (West Northamptonshire Council) above it in the hierarchy. As it is the authority closest to the people, parish councils are invariably the first place people will go with concerns or ideas. For this reason they are a vital part of any community.
What decisions do Parish Councils make? The Parish Council makes all kinds of decisions on issues that affect the local community. Probably the most common topics that parish councils gets involved with are planning matters (they are statutory consultees), crime prevention, managing open spaces and campaigning for and delivering better services and facilities. It's true to say that on its own, the parish council has limited powers to make decisions. However, it does have the ability to negotiate with, and the power to influence, those other organisations that do make the final decisions (such as the West Northamptonshire Council, health authorities, police etc). In this respect the Parish Councils is quite powerful. The organisations that make the final decisions know that a parish council gives the best reflection of how a community feels about something, and its views will be taken seriously.
What power does the Parish Councils have? It has a wide range of powers which are essentially related to local matters, such as looking after open spaces, play areas, street lighting, bus shelters, and much more. The council also has the power to raise money through taxation, known as the precept. The precept is the Parish Council's share of the council tax. The precept demand goes to the billing authority, West Northamptonshire Council, which collects the tax for the parish council.
How long does a parish Councillor serve for? Once elected or co-opted, parish Councillors sit on the council for a maximum of four years. If they then want to stay in the post they can stand for re-election. The next election will be in May 2025.
How can I become a Parish Councillor? As a general rule, Parish Councillors are elected by the residents in local elections. However, if there are not enough Councillors elected, the Parish Councillor has the power to co-opt a Councillor if it sees fit to do so. If you are interested in becoming a Parish Councillor, please contact the Clerk to the Council.
When are meetings held? Meetings of the Parish Council are held at 8.00pm on the second Monday of each month, except August and December. There may from time to time be additional meetings called to discuss specific topics, but this is rare. Meetings are held normally held in the Reading Room next to the church but occasionally, if there are a large number of attendees (such as at the Annual Parish Meeting), they will be held in the school hall.
Who can attend Parish Council meetings? The answer to this is "any member of the public", including members of the press. At the beginning of each meeting there is an Open Forum, where members of the public may ask questions of the Council.
For further information relating to the services offered by the Parish Council please contact the Clerk who will be happy to give advice and assistance.
Our councillors are elected or co-opted and serve for a maximum period of four years. They may then be re-elected.
There are currently no vacancies for councillors. However, if you would like to register an interest in becoming a councillor or find out more about what they do, then please contact the Clerk
Tiffield Parish Council Standing Orders (Word Document, 49 Kb)
Tiffield Parish Council Standing Orders as revised 7th September 2020
Clerk to the Parish Council
The Clerk is not a member of the Parish Council and does not participate in the decisions of the Council. It is the role of the Clerk to use his training and expertise to guide and assist the Parish Council in legal matters and in delivering the services which the Council provides. The Clerk is responsible for the preparation of the agenda and minutes for meetings.
In Tiffield, as in many other small Parishes, the Clerk is also the Responsible Finance Officer of the Council, and maintains the Council's bank accounts and accounting records.
The Clerk to the Parish Council is the first point of contact for any matters concerning the Council.
Clerk to Tiffield Parish Council
- Ashbury Barn
9a High Street South
- 01327 323195
Councillor and Community Responsibilities
The following Councillors and community volunteers have responsibility for allocated tasks as listed below:
Council Open Spaces and Trees – Cllr Jowers and Cllr Powell
Council Internal Control – Cllrs Cook and James
Parish Council Risk Assessment and Register -Cllr Beasley and Mr Tennet
Claydon's Field Warden – Cllrs Jowers and Powell
Pocket Park Warden – Cllr Chaplin
Community Events Co-ordinator – Cllr Cook
Flood Action – Cllr Chaplin
IM Properties Liaison – Cllrs James and Beasley
Neighbourhood Watch Co-ordinator - Kevin Corcoran
Footpath Wardens - Jonathan Pearson, Cllr Jim Tyrrell
Flood Wardens - Paula Chaplin, Nick Lowe, Simon Loake, Jim Tyrrell, Sue Thomas, Phyllis Power
Editors of The Tiffield Thunderbolt (the village quarterly newsletter) - Phil & Mary Leggett