Parish and town councils

List of parish and town councils

Please use the links below to find the contact details for your local parish council and clerk.

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Information about parish and town councils

The range of powers councils have are many and varied and include the purchase of land and buildings, providing and maintaining village greens, the provision of recreational facilities, crime prevention measures, and traffic calming.

You may wish to contact your local parish or town council about any issues arising in your local community.

If the contact details for the council you are looking for are not available (because they have not authorised us to publish them), please contact the Warwickshire and West Midland Association of Parish and Town Councils and they will be happy to provide you with the details.

Local Council Charter

Parish and town councils (local councils) in Warwickshire have agreed a Charter with the County and district councils (principal councils) which sets out how they will work together for the benefit of local people in planning, consultation, communication and the delivery of public services.

Local Council Charter (pdf, 407Kb)

What is a town / parish council?

A parish or town council is an elected local authority. It is the tier of local government which is closest to the people. It is not a voluntary organisation, a charity or something to do with the Church.

What do parish councillors do?

Councillors have an active interest and concern for their local community. They represent local people and work in partnership with them and others when necessary. They help facilitate the provision of local services and facilities and take decisions that form the policy of the Council.

Councillors are not paid and have to abide by a local government code of conduct and declare their financial interests in the parish. Councillors must also declare a personal or prejudicial interest in any matter under discussion at a parish council meeting.

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How to become a parish councillor

You should consider becoming a parish or town councillor if:

  • You want to do more for your community,
  • you want to spend your time productively, and
  • you can think, listen and act locally.

Effort required

TIME – It is possible to spend a lot of time on council work – but most people have jobs, families and hobbies that also demand a lot of time. However, as with most things, the more you put in, the more you (and your community) will get out.

Generally speaking, the larger your council’s number of electors the larger your workload will be. The times of the meetings vary, as do the venues. Parish and town councils normally meet during the evening. It is important to establish the pattern of meetings and venues to make sure they can accommodate your domestic and/or business arrangements. Most Councils meet once a month and many have committees also. In which case you would probably be invited to sit on a committee. These usually meet in between the meetings of the full Parish Council.

COST – Being a councillor should cost you little. There is usually cover for subsistence and travel allowances if your duties take you out of your local Council’s area. These allowances will be determined by the Council, and will be within a maximum laid down by the Government.

Election timetable

Ordinary elections usually coincide with the election year of the district council and must be held on the same day. The interval between elections is 4 years and therefore your term of office would
normally be 4 years.

Timetable for elections
Event Date*
Publication of Notice of Election Not later than 25th day before day of election, (DE)
Last date for nominations Not later than noon on the 19th day before DE
Publication of list of candidates Not later than noon on the 17th day before DE
Last date for withdrawal Not later than noon on the 16th day before DE
Polling Between the hours of 8am and 9pm on DE

* When calculating these days the district council must disregard Saturdays, Sundays, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and all other Bank Holidays.

Eligibility and requirements

Initially, you will have little knowledge of council work but this, together with experience and confidence, will follow.

As a new councillor you will bring to the council fresh enthusiasm and new ideas, a care for your community and a willingness to learn. You should want to take the Council and Parish forward into the new Millennium.

A candidate for a parish or town council is qualified if, when nominated:

  1. he or she is a British subject or Irish citizen,
  2. is 18 years of age, and
  3. is either in the list of electors for that Parish or Town or has during the whole of the preceding twelve months:
    1. occupied land as owner or tenant in it, or
    2. had a principal place of work there, or
    3. resided in or within three miles of it.

Next steps

If you are considering becoming a candidate for election you are very strongly recommended to contact the Returning Officer at the District Council to obtain information on what you need to do to be nominated. All of the District Councils produce leaflets on Election Procedures. It is imperative that these are followed or you may find your have disqualified yourself from candidacy.

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Parish and town councils was last updated on September 12, 2014.