Defford and Besford

Parish Council

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A parish council is a civil local authority found in England and is the lowest, or first, tier of local government. Parish and town councils vary enormously in size, activities and circumstances, representing populations ranging from less than 100 (small rural hamlets) to up to 70,000 (Weston-Super-Mare Town Council).

Parish councils are bodies in law set up and controlled by Acts of Parliament. Parish councils can only do what they have been given a specific power to do by statute. Statutes also lay down duties of Parish Councils. A duty is mandatory and therefore something that the Council must do. A power is discretionary and enables Parish Councils to do something if they wish.

Civil parish councils were formed in England under the Local Government Act 1894 to take over local oversight of civic duties in rural towns and villages. The act created two new types of local authority, parish councils and district councils. It also removed secular duties from the local Vestry committees and gave them to the new parish councils. District councils took over many of the rationalised activities such as health, water supply and drainage, leaving the lessor powers to be taken over by the new Parish councils.    

Parish Councils

Defford and Besford Parish Council currently owns and manages the following village assets:

Defford and Besford Parish Council

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The council is primarily concerned with and manages the Assets owned by the parish council and speaks and acts on behalf of the residents of Defford and Besford.   Other tasks include the following:

Role of the Parish Council