The Council

Update: Online public meetings

Due to the current Coronavirus restrictions, video conferencing options will be made available to members of the public for all our meetings. The link will be given out in the agendas for each meeting. If you have anything you wish to bring to the attention of the Council or wish to speak, please contact the clerk via Contact us

About us

Orchard Park Community Council came into being on 1 April 2009, although the elections to the Council took place later in June 2009. The most recent elections were held on May 2018.

A ‘Community Council’  is another name for a Parish Council – the first level of government closest to the people and representing the concerns of the local community.

The Council is a corporate body, a legal entity separate from that of its members; its decisions are the responsibility of the whole body. The Council has been granted powers by Parliament including the important authority to raise money through council taxes and a range of powers to spend money for the benefit of the local community it serves. The job of the council is to represent the interests of the whole community, and is an important part of the role of a Councillor; occasionally there will be a conflict of interest requiring sensitive judgement. All members are expected to attend the monthly Council meeting which takes around 2 ½  – 3 hours, however, there are also committees which meet on a monthly basis of a similar duration. In addition to this, there are other meetings at District Council level and tasks supporting the staff and leading on development areas.

Full Council meeting occur every second Wednesday of each month at the Community Centre (now online due to Coronavurs restrictions).

Responsibilities of the Council

Parish Councils are responsible for a range of things including; community centres, community safety, street lighting in Public Open Spaces (e.g. play areas and parks), allotments, playing fields, litter, seats and shelters, rights of way, promotion of arts & crafts and tourism, allotments, and community projects.

For details of District and County Councillors, Orchard Park Community Councillors and Staff please see the contact page of this website.