We use essential cookies to make our site work. We'd also like to set analytics cookies that help us make improvements by measuring how you use the site. These will be set only if you accept.

For more detailed information about the cookies we use, see our cookies page.

Essential Cookies

Essential cookies enable core functionality such as security, network management, and accessibility. For example, the selections you make here about which cookies to accept are stored in a cookie.

You may disable these by changing your browser settings, but this may affect how the website functions.

Analytics Cookies

We'd like to set Google Analytics cookies to help us improve our website by collecting and reporting information on how you use it. The cookies collect information in a way that does not directly identify you.

Third Party Cookies

Third party cookies are ones planted by other websites while using this site. This may occur (for example) where a Twitter or Facebook feed is embedded with a page. Selecting to turn these off will hide such content.

Skip to main content

What Is A Parish Council?

A Parish Council is a local authority comprising Councillors who are elected for four years at a time. There are currently 35 Parish Councils in the borough of Maidstone. Parish Councils have many powers to provide and maintain certain facilities within their Parish. These facilities can include playing fields, leisure facilities, village greens and village halls. They can also maintain rights of way, bus shelters, public seats, allotments, cemeteries and some street lighting. They can also contribute to joint projects within the area with other authorities.

Parish Councils play a vital part in obtaining and representing local views on various issues and as a statutory body they are consulted by other public authorities such as Borough Councils, County Councils, Health Authorities and Government Departments on specific issues affecting their Parish. They have a legal right to be consulted on planning applications and are consulted on schools and highway matters.

Thurnham Parish Council What Is A Parish Council

Decisions by Parish Councils are taken by the elected Councillors, meetings are usually monthly and are open to the public. Each Parish Council appoints a Clerk to deal with correspondence and, report to and take minutes of its meetings undertake other duties on its behalf. To raise money, Parish Council issues a precept, which is added to the Council Tax bills of residents within the Parish. The Parish Council decides how much money it will spend each year and therefore how much it will ask each Council Taxpayer to contribute.

Thurnham Parish Council has a total of nine Councillors generally elected by parishioners, and meets on the third Monday of each month with the exception of January and August.