Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns which you feel the council should be aware of. If you think we can help with an issue you are experiencing. Or if you would like to learn more or join us.
A Parish Council is a legal entity separate from each of its individual members. Its decisions are the responsibility of the whole body. … Your Parish Council is an elected body and is the first tier of local government able to deal with grass roots, local issues.
What do we do?
The Parish Council manages the recreation field, village green spaces, facilities and specific land within the Parish.
We review and comment on planning applications within the Parish.
The council liaises with relevant authorities regarding infrastructure, policing and community issues to represent your views and get the best advantage for the local area.
We engage with all interested parties regarding the current and the future shape of life in the local area.
The Parish Council have taken the lead on developing a Neighbourhood Plan.
Your parish council is a transparent council and all minutes, agendas and financial audits are published, here, on this website. Access the archive by clicking here.
We are fortunate to live in a beautiful parish. Click here to access our gallery of local images.
Community & Neighbourhood
We never tire of hearing our parishioners tell us that one of the reasons they love living in our parish is our caring and close community. The sense of neighbourhood which exists here. In this section learn more about our school, places of worship, our community organisations, businesses, clubs and societies. Not forgetting our wonderful village hall; the venue for our council meetings and for so many celebrations over the years. Read more….
Got a Problem?
If you have a local issue then do get in touch. We are not there just for the nasty things in life. If something is going well…let us know!
All parish councillors live in the parish. We carry out our duties as councillors in order to both protect what is great about our parish whilst striving to ensure it’s sustainability.
Got an Idea?
Do you have an idea for something which could make a positive difference to our community?
Please get in touch! We would love to hear of your ideas.
When Does the Parish Council Hold Meetings?
We meet on the first Wednesday of each month unless it is a bank holiday.
We hold our meetings in Gainford Village Hall. There are some parking spaces and the hall is on the main bus route through the village.
All members of the parish are welcome…you don’t even have to stay for the full meeting. If you just want to raise an issue you are most welcome to do so during public participation which is held in the first 15 minutes of each meeting, from 7.00 – 7.15pm.
You can let us know you are attending but we would love to meet you.
Got a question you have always wondered about? Not sure who, what or why we have a parish council?
Check out our Frequently Asked Questions. You just might find the answer to YOUR question.
What do the parish council do?
We meet once a month and make all kinds of decisions on matters which affect the local community. We are statutory consultees on all local planning issues. We manage community assets.
Do councillors get paid?
Councillors do not get paid. The role of the clerk is a paid role. The clerk is paid by the parish council to carry out the day to work of the council.
What are the council's powers in planning applications?
The parish council is a statutory consultee in all local planning applications. We do not however have the power to approve or reject applications. We can comment on applications during one of our regular meetings which are all open to the public.
How do you become a parish councillor?
Parish councillors must be age 18 or over and live in the parish. If there is more than one nomination for a place on the council a vote will take place. Councillors can be co-opted onto the council if there is only one nomination.
What is a parish council precept?
Parish councils have the right to raise money from our parishioners by the council tax process. A part of your council tax is levied by the parish council to raise funds enabling the council to effectively carry out its duties.
Can the parish council give money to charity?
Councillors can carry a motion to donate to a charity during a meeting. There is a limit to the amount. Details regarding our grant awarding policy are here