The Parish Council is the most accessible tier of local government and is concerned with issues which affect the community. It comprises nine members (all unpaid volunteers) who are elected by the residents of the parish every four years.
Councillors work as a corporate body making decisions for the benefit of the community and the Parish Clerk implements these decisions. The Clerk also provides independent, objective, professional advice and information in addition to effective administrative support.
The main contacts are with Nottinghamshire County Council regarding highways, footpaths and associated issues, Bassetlaw District Council concerning planning and environmental matters,and other local bodies including the Police. The Parish Council organises the cutting of grass verges and green spaces in the village and is responsible for the village park, including the children’s playground.
The Parish Council has to be alert to changes which might affect the village and its residents and take protective action when necessary and on the other hand to consider and implement actions which might improve things for the community. However, the Council is controlled by Acts of Parliament and can do only that which it has been given a specific power to do by statute.
The Council is non-political and is funded from a precept on Council Tax.
Parish Councillors also sit on the Central Forum (of parish councils), the BDC Parish Council Forum and the Bassetlaw Rural Conference, and the Council has close links with the Nottinghamshire and the National Associations of Local Councils.