To contact the council use the Contact Form or contact the parish clerk Brian Fludgate.
There are some 9,000 Parish and Town Councils in England. They form the first tier of local government, and councillors are elected every four years. Quainton has seven councillors and they elect their own chairman annually. Parish councils are constituted in law and have both statutory and discretionary duties and powers.
The parish council must meet at least four times a year, and in Quainton meetings are held every month which are open to the public. The meeting agenda includes a public forum and for people wishing to use this facility it is appreciated if the clerk is notified some days before the meeting.
The agenda for each meeting must be publicly displayed prior to the occasion. For this purpose the notice board is used at the bottom of The Green, where you will also find minutes of the previous meeting and details for contacting the clerk or council members. The minutes are also published online. There has to be an annual parish meeting, open to all, where the chairman must provide a report on the counciI’s activities during the preceding year. The various local charity accounts are open for public inspection. and parishioners are able to address this meeting on issues of local concern.
Major responsibilities of the Parish Council are the provision of allotments and overseeing of burial grounds, oversight of charity accounts, the powers to provide public buildings and recreational facilities, public footpaths, village green, war memorial maintenance, and litter clearance, street lighting, commenting on planning applications and the provision of public seats. In any situation not covered by one of these specific powers, a council may spend a limited amount of money on any purpose which in its opinion is of direct benefit to its area or inhabitants.
Both our District and County Councillors attend some of our meetings and remain in close contact with the Parish Council. As a body we hope to be an asset to you all by being approachable, supportive, diligent and wise in our judgements and actions. We are keen to hear your wishes and views and will do our best to keep Quainton as a happy and caring community.