Great Shefford Parish Council
The Parish Council have two vacancies for Councilors. Please contact the Clerk if you would like to find out more details on how to join the Parish Council and would like to find out more of what is involved in being a Parish Councillor. Please email the Clerk on – firstname.lastname@example.org
The Parish Council consists of seven Councillors, including one who represents Shefford Woodlands, and administration is undertaken by the Clerk. A number of Operating Model Documents are listed at the tabs below.
Meetings are normally held in the Village Hall on the first Thursday of every month (except August) starting at 7.40 p.m. Due to COVID restrictions the Parish Council are hosting Zoom meetings, at an earlier time of 7.30pm. All are welcome to attend, and there is an opportunity for public discussion early in the proceedings. Please contact the Clerk if you would like to attend and the Clerk will email the Zoom link to you. If you would like to speak during the open forum, you will need to let the Clerk know before the meeting. The Agenda is published a few days before the meeting. The Minutes of the meeting are approved at the following meeting but are available from the Great Shefford website in draft form, usually about 10 days after the meeting.
The Annual Parish Meeting is held in May.
The Role of the Parish Council is to:
- Act as the principle link between the residents of the Parish and West Berkshire Council.
- Advise West Berkshire Council on all Planning Applications relevant to the Parish.
- Maintain and enhance the Recreation Ground and other open spaces within the Parish.
- Monitor and liaise with the appropriate authority on footpaths, highways, traffic, and social issues.
- Foster and encourage community spirit by facilitating events such as the Parish Walk and the Country Fayre, and supporting initiatives like the Parish News, the Parish Plan, and litter-picking days.
- Communicating its activities and concerns to the Parish residents.
Funding for the Council’s activities is provided mostly by the parish precept element of the Council Tax.
The Parish Council has an agreed Freedom of Information Policy, see the current document at the Freedom of Information Act tab below at Operating Model Documents.