A parish council is a civil local authority found in England and is the lowest, or first, tier of local government.
Parish Council activities generally fall into three main categories: representing the local community, delivering services to meet local needs and improving quality of life and community well being.
The Parish Council meets and makes its decisions in public (except for those items where the Council formally resolves to exclude the public and press on the grounds that publicity would be prejudicial to the public interest. This would have to be due to the confidential nature of the business. This latter also applies to any sub-committee of the Parish Council) and is committed to community engagement and therefore warmly invites members of the public and press to attend meetings and contribute within the open forum.
A council meeting is not a public meeting; it is a meeting held in public and while there is no requirement in law to provide an opportunity for the public to question the council, but this council welcomes the opportunity to offer it. Members of the public are asked to respect the fact that this is a meeting to conduct council business and interruptions during council business are not permitted.
Speaking at a Meeting - The agenda for each Parish Council meeting includes a 'Public Participation' item where any member of the public may ask a question related to the agenda or any topic within the remit of the parish council. Members of the public may not speak at other times in the meeting unless invited to do so by the Chairman.
Did you know that the public are welcome to attend our Full Council monthly meetings and our fortnightly Planning Committee meetings? Come along and discuss your community matters.
Agenda items should be notified to the Clerk at least 7 days before a meeting.
Agendas and minutes of each meeting are published on this website.
Click below for a list of 2023 meeting dates.
The council holds 11 seats. The new council takes effect on 16th May when there will be 8 members of Boughton under Blean Parish Council.
All members volunteer their time for the benefit of the wider community.
There are a number of committees within the Parish Council, and you can find out who is on each committee HERE
The Parish Council hosts a facebook page for information only. It does not operate on social media for the purposes of two way interaction. For any direct queries or questions, please contact the Clerk directly via email or telephone.