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Who we are and what we do
THE PARISH COUNCIL
Shawbury Parish Council, elected by the local parishioners, is the first tier of local government and is one of 70,000 parish and town councils in England. Its role is to serve the interests of the community and improve the quality of the local environment.
The Council represents the village of Shawbury and the smaller communities around the village including Edgebolton, Muckleton and Great Wytheford. Elections are held every four years and the Council has an allocation of twelve seats. At this year's election there were only five nominations and as a result the Council has had to co-opt four additional Members. Currently five have been co-opted which leaves two vacancies.
Local Councils have powers granted by the Government, including the authority to raise money through taxation. This is known as the precept and in Shawbury for the coming year this has been set at £44,100.00. The Council uses this money to provide a range of services which include street lighting, ground maintenance, children’s play areas, litter collection, etc. The precept can be supplemented by other money raised by the Council, including grant aid from a range of providers.
The administration of the Council is handled by the Parish Clerk/Responsible Finance Officer, who is the only paid employee of the Council with other service contracted to individuals or companies. Council Members do not receive any payment and have voted not to claim allowances.
The Council meets once a month in the Village Hall and details of meetings, agendas and minutes are published locally and on the web site. Members of the public are welcome to attend the meetings and listen to the debate.
A few years ago a committee of local people and Councillors completed a Parish Plan and this has been used to identify the needs and aspirations of the local community. Using this as a base the Council has adopted a pro-active approach to its business and an exciting programme of developments has and is taking place. This approach has been recognised by other providers and as a result the some fifty thousand pounds has been raised in grant aid.