Taddington Parish Council

Serving the people of Taddington & Priestcliffe

Clerk/RFO: Cllr Patrick Brady

Tel: 01298 85798

Who we are and what we do

ABOUT TADDINGTON AND PRIESTCLIFFE PARISH COUNCIL

INTRODUCTION

Lying at the heart of the Peak District National Park, Taddington is a small parish in population terms, with an electorate of 350 approx.

POWERS

Parish Councils are the third tier of local government, after County and District Councils, and their powers are limited. A list of the most relevant Parish Council powers is set out in the list below. Many of these powers are in this area exercised by the higher tier Councils rather than the Parish Council.

A key role for the Parish Council is to comment on matters dealt with by other organisations. The Parish Council is always consulted on Planning Applications. If it objects to a planning proposal, under the National Park Authority's rules, it has to go to the full Planning Committee for decision.

It is often involved when other organisations are developing new policies or proposing significant action that affects the parish.

The Council can also make representations to any other body on matters that affect the parish.

List of Relevant Powers

Bus shelters

Byelaws

Cemeteries and closed churchyards

Commons

Grants, eg for the arts, recreation etc

Some highway issues, incl. footpath repair and maintenance, lighting, roadside seats and shelters, litter bins, trees

Public open spaces

Village halls

War memorials

FUNCTIONS

Taddington and Priestcliffe Parish Council owns and is responsible for managing the High Well Recreation Ground which has a mixture of historical and ecological interests. The Council also maintains:

- the Children's Play Area behind the Bramwell Institute;

- the War Memorial and garden at St Michael and All Angels Church;

- the three bus shelters along Main Road and Main Street;

- the defibrillator,

as well as keeping a watching brief on the two areas of common land at High Mere and Humphreygate Quarry.

RESOURCES

The Council tries to keep Council Tax Rises to a minimum and has an excellent record of low tax rises, often relying upon volunteering and grants from elsewhere when those are available. However, some of the challenges and opportunities facing the parish suggest that some increase in Council Tax will be necessary over the next few years.

PRIORITIES

Taddington carries, with its church, school, Institute, and other village infrastructure, a considerable burden of upkeep, set against a background of a relatively small but changing and aging population. The annual Well Dressing and Flower Festival, for example, is the main vehicle for raising money to maintain the Grade1 listed church. The school is heavily dependent on children from elsewhere, including Buxton. It is important that local businesses, such as the pubs, survive.

The future sustainability of the parish has long been a key issue.

The Council has, therefore, argued for policies that:

  1. will help bring or retain more young people in the local population;
  2. will attract worthwhile local employment;
  3. ensure good access to local centres and services;
  4. can capitalise on the considerable assets that lie within the parish.

OPEN GOVERNMENT

The Parish Council meets in public, unless a matter is confidentialthe public may raise issues and have them discussed. Notice of its meetings and decisions are posted on the village notice board and on this website. Other issues are publicised on the parish gmail, or as appropriate.

PARISH COUNCILLORS ROLE

The following is a model role profile, based on that created by the Derbyshire Association of Local Councils. The Association, based in Wirksworth, aims to provide member Town and Parish Councils with professional advice on all aspects of Parish and Town Council business.

Role

  • Represents the Council to the community, and the community to the Council, using all appropriate means.
  • Effectively represents the interests of their ward or parish to representatives of other authorities and organisations where appropriate
  • Fulfils and enacts any statutory requirements of an elected member of the Council.
  • Actively and constructively contributes to good governance.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Actively encourages community participation and citizen involvement in the work of the Council.
  • Encourages people to take up their roles of active and engaged citizenship.
  • Knows and has contact with key local stakeholders.
  • Is a channel of communication for the ward or parish and ensures constituents are informed of services available, decisions that affect them and the reasons for those decisions.
  • Develops and maintains a working knowledge of organisations (including principal Councils) operating within the area which have an impact on the well-being of both the community and the Council as a whole.
  • Deals with constituents' enquiries and representations fairly and without prejudice.
  • Carries out case work for constituents and represents their interests, or enables the constituents to take action to deal with the matter themselves.
  • Identifies and works with local 'hard to reach' and under- represented groups to ensure their views can be identified.
  • Contributes to the formation of the Council's policies and plans by active involvement in Council meetings, committees and working parties.
  • Undertakes appropriate training and development to help fulfil the requirements of the Councillor role.
  • Acts as the Council's representative on outside bodies, and reports back on their activities.
  • Champions the causes which relate to the interests and sustainability of the Council's area and campaigns for improvement in the quality of life of those living in, working in, or visiting the area.

Councillors

Our Staff

Parish Clerk/Responsible Financial Officer