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Role of Council

A parish council is the first tier of elected local government with legal powers and duties relating to a range of local matters. It is made up of councillors elected every four years by electors of the parish. Swingfield Parish Council comprises up to nine councillors from whom a Chairman is elected annually. Implementation of the Council’s business is carried out by a Clerk who is also the Responsible Financial Officer.

The Council is funded by a modest precept which is collected with the council tax. Each year the Parish Council set a precept which the District Council collects by converting it into an amount per council tax band that is proportionately added onto the Council Tax bill.

Councils can make all kinds of decisions on issues that affect the local community. Currently, the common topics that Swingfield Parish Council are involved with are planning matters, being statutory consultees, the management of The Minnis and BMX track, maintaining St Peter’s Churchyard and other open spaces including Selsted Pond. We liaise and where appropriate make representations on behalf of the Parish to various statutory bodies including the District Council.

The public are most welcome to attend any of the Council meetings, held as and when business requirements demand, on the last Tuesday of the month. The dates and times are posted on the Council notice boards and this website.