The purpose of the Wexham Court Parish Council is to represent the interests of the local community by providing appropriate assistance, and to support established and new initiatives that will be of benefit to the Parish, its residents, businesses and visitors.
Parish Councils are the first tier of local government delivering services at a community level. Policy is set by democratically elected Parish Councillors and administered by Parish Council officers.
There are statutory requirements that a Parish Council are required to fulfil, but at the root of everything the Parish Council is there to represent the views and concerns of the whole community.
The Wexham Court Parish Council’s boundary includes (starting north and going clockwise):
- Wexham Park Hospital & grounds (including Opecks Close & Opal Court nurses flats)
- Church Lane (the other side of which is Bucks)
- North-west of Uxbridge Road numbers 319-377
- The Frithe (including Cannon Gate, Holmedale, & Sheehy Way + temple)
- Wexham Road (numbers 260 onwards), (including Kola Court & Clarendon Court flats)
- The Lodge, Wexham Cottages & Post Office.
The term ‘local council’ is synonymous with ‘parish council’, ‘town council’ and ‘community council’.
There are over 10,000 local councils in England and Wales, representing the concerns of local residents and providing services to meet local needs. Parish councils have a wide range of powers including looking after community buildings, planning, street lighting, allotments. They also have the power to raise money through council tax.
The following are all under the remit of local councils:
- Burial Grounds, Cemeteries, Churchyards and Crematoria
- Bus Shelters
- Bye-laws – the power to make bye-laws concerning:baths and washhouses (swimming pools), cycle parks, mortuaries and pleasure grounds
- Clocks – public clocks can be provided and must be maintained
- Community Centres, Conference Centres, Halls, Public Buildings
- Drainage – of ditches and ponds
- Entertainment and the Arts
- General Spending – parish councils can spend a limited amount of money on anything they deem of benefit to the community that is not covered by the other specific responsibilities described in this list
- Gifts – parish councils may accept gifts
- Highways – lighting, parking places, right to enter into discussions about new roads and road widening, consent of parish council required for diversion or discontinuation of highway, traffic signs and other notices, tree planting and verge maintenance
- Land – acquisition and sale of
- Legal proceedings – power to prosecute and defend any legal proceedings in the interests of the community, power to take part in any public enquiry
- Litter – provision of litter-bins and support for any anti-litter campaigns
- Planning – parish councils may be notified of any planning applications for the area
- Postal and Telecommunication Facilities – power to pay a public telecommunications operator any loss sustained in providing services in that area
- Public conveniences – provision and maintenance of public toilets
- Recreation – provision of recreation grounds, public walkways, pleasure grounds, open spaces, village greens, gymnasiums, playing fields, holiday camps and boating ponds
- Rights of Way – footpath and bridleway maintenance
- Seats (public)
- Signs – danger signs, place names and bus stops signs
- Tourism – financial contributions to any local tourist organisations allowed
- Traffic Calming
- War Memorials
- Water Supply – power to utilise stream, well or spring water and to provide facilities for general use
Local councils are made up of locally elected councillors. They are legally obliged to hold at least one meeting a year. Most meet on a six-weekly cycle to discuss council business and hear from local residents. In addition to this, any committees or sub-committees dealing with specific subjects must also hold regular open sessions.
The Parish Council holds public meetings which members of the public and press are entitled to attend unless shown otherwise. There is an opportunity during ‘public question time’ for the public to speak. Public are not allowed to speak at all after this point unless specifically invited to by the Chairman. Please check our calendar for a schedule of dates or contact us.