Parish councils have existed since medieval times, when they settled local disputes and were in charge of agriculture and land management. They have changed over the last 1,000 years into the modern constitution, which was created in 1894.
Flaxton Parish Council
Flaxton, formerly a village partly in the parishes of Bossall and Foston, was constituted as a separate and independent parish in 1861.
Flaxton Parish Council is a small council currently comprising five councillors elected for a term of four years (next election in May 2023). The councillors choose a Chair and a Vice-Chair each year. They are supported by a paid Parish Clerk who is the Proper Officer and Responsible Finance Officer of the Council.
There is currently a vacancy for a councillor, for which applications are invited. The process for applying to be a councillor (Co-Option) can be found in the Policies and Procedures section.
The Parish Council normally meet in the Flaxton Village Hall at 19:30 on the third Thursday of each month.
Structure of Parish Council Section
The Parish Council section of the website is organised as follows:
- Parish Councillors; Provides details of the Councillors who represent Flaxton Parish along with their roles and contact details. Contact details for the District and County Councillors and Member of Parliament are also provided.
- Agenda and Minutes; Provides details of the agenda, minutes and papers of formal meetings of the Parish Council. These are grouped by calendar year. Future meeting dates are published in the Events Calendar, which can also be downloaded to your Personal Calendar.
- Minutes Archive; Provides scanned copies of minutes for which only paper copies are available.
- Council Policies and Procedures; Provides details of the Policies and Procedures which define how Council business is carried out including the Code of Conduct for Members.
- Council Finances; Provides details of the Council finances including budget, year end accounts, audit reports and assets. These are grouped by Financial Year which begins in April of each year.
The above content is required by the Transparency Code for Smaller Authorities which defines the information to be published by Smaller Parish Councils (those with Precepts less than £25,000 per year) to increase their Democratic Accountability.
The Transparency Code can be found at Transparency Code for Smaller Authorities.