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General

Swanton Novers Parish Council is your local authority and is a legal entity in its own right but it is made up of councillors. It does have specific statutory duties and quite a variety of powers. Unlike other types of local authorities, there are relatively few statutory functions imposed upon it, but these are important and relate to, for example, the holding of meetings, the management of its finances and the preparation of annual accounts.

Purpose

If you ever wondered what the purpose of a parish council is, it can be best summarised as to make the local area a better place to live. The Council does get involved in a broad range of projects and activities to deliver more services and play a greater part in supporting the Swanton Novers community. It should be emphasised that the council is made of local volunteers, that give freely of their time, for the benefit of the community.

Typical Responsibilities

It is the people elected as councillors who collectively make the most important decisions that impact the parishioners. For example, councillors set the parish precept which is collected as part of Council Tax. The Parish Council employs only one member of staff, (the Parish Clerk), manages projects, enters into contracts, and provides services. Like other types of local authorities, it has obligations to the Freedom of Information Act 2000, the Human Rights Act 1998, the Equality Act 2010 and the recently updated Data Protection Act 2018.

Decision Making

The Parish Council meets in the Village Hall at 7.00 pm on Thursdays approximately every six weeks, except in August and December. Members of the public and press are always welcome and time is set aside in the meeting to allow external input, not just from the public but also the local District Councillor and County Councillor if they are able to attend. Meetings are conducted in accordance with the Swanton Novers Parish Council Standing Orders.

Further Information

For further information please visit our dedicated website.

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Facilities &
Booking

We have a modern and spacious village hall with all the modern amenities you would hope for.

Where to Find Us

Swanton Novers Village Hall

St Giles Road,

Melton Constable

NR24 2RB