Powers and Duties
Parish and town councils have a large range of powers, and the activities parish and town councils are involved in can be wide ranging. Many parish and town councils are involved in planning, promoting tourism, licensing, management of town and village centres and providing community halls.
How Parish Councils Work
Parish councils are statutory bodies, with the legal power to take decisions and actions. Members are elected for a term of four years and councils are funded principally by an annual precept. Parish and town councils can apply for other funding such as grant and funding awards, but they do not receive funds direct from central government, as principal authorities do. The Parish Council will use those funds to further the interests of the community they serve, improving quality of life and the local environment. To do this they will seek to influence decision making to deliver services needed in the local community.
Spofforth with Stockeld Parish Council are pleased to work closely with the following organisations: