Role of the Parish Council

Main StreetTown and Parish Councils are an essential part of the structure of local democracy and have a vital role in acting on behalf of the communities they represent.

Brandesburton Parish Council comprises eleven councillors who serve a four year term. Usually meetings are held in the Methodist Church, on Main Street, on the second Monday of each month, excepting August when there is no meeting. The Annual General Meeting is the May meeting at which the Chair and Vice-Chair are elected and representatives chosen. The dates of meetings are shown on the Agendas and Minutes. These are also posted on the notice-board outside the Methodist Church. The first ten minutes of the monthly meetings are set aside for the public to air concerns, comment on planning applications, make suggestions etc. The first part of the May meeting at Brandesburton is the general Open Meeting, again for the public to attend and air their views.

May - Annual General Meeting, re-election of Chair, Vice-Chair and representatives
May      - Open Public meeting
August - no meeting

The council also has the power to raise money through the precept. The precept is the Parish Council's share of the council tax. The precept demand goes to East Riding of Yorkshire which collects tax for the Parish Council.
Brandesburton Parish Council has limited powers and duties. The council own and manage the Playpark, own and manage allotments. They manage the cutting of the parish footpaths and bridleways on behalf of the East Riding of Yorkshire Council. The Parish Council must be notified of, and display for residents, any planning applications for the area that are to be considered. Any comments submitted to the Planning Department of East Riding of Yorkshire must be taken into account.
The Parish Council are regularly asked by outside bodies to comment on new policies and strategies which would affect the residents of the parish.