Cliffsend Parish Council – About Us

About Cliffsend Parish Council

The Parish Council is the first level of government, with representation closest to the electors.  We deal with all the local issues which specifically affect Cliffsend.  All councillors must either work or live in or close by the village.

Parish councillors receive no remuneration.  They are all volunteers who willingly give their time and skills for the benefit of the village.  The only paid member of staff is our part time clerk.  Unlike District and County Councillors, Parish Councillors do not bring any political allegiances to their work.  All Council business is strictly controlled.  Councillors must declare in writing any personal interest and abstain from debating and voting on matters which affect them or their families.  The activities of the council are controlled by the law and our finances are regularly audited by the National Audit Commission.

Parish Council:

·         Give views, on behalf of the community, on planning applications and other proposals that affect the parish

·         Undertake projects and schemes that benefit local residents

·         Work in partnership with other bodies to achieve benefits for the parish

·         Alert relevant authorities to problems that arise or work that needs to be undertaken

·         And help the other tiers of the local government keep in touch with their local communities