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Parishes

There are 26 parishes within the Canterbury District, each with a designated parish clerk.

This tier of local government is the closest to communities and you can contact your local parish council clerk to get information about services and activities in your parish.  

We manage annual Concurrent Function Funding awards (support  for core parish functions, such as grass cutting etc), and an annual Small Capital Grant Scheme. 

For further information about the support that we offer parishes, please contact Andrew Smith on 01227 862405 or at andrew.smith@canterbury.gov.uk 

Village Design Statements and Parish Plans

These documents consist of a survey of your community undertaken by the community for the community. To highlight the good and bad about living in a particular area and set out local people's views on what future changes are needed to improve that area, or even what should remain the same.

Parish councillors

Your Parish will be managed by a group of elected Parish Councillors. See below information, and if you wish to become involved, or require further information, contact your Local Parish Council Chairman or Clerk.

Roles and responsibilities undertaken by Parish Councillors

Parish Councillors have various roles and responsibilities that they undertake within their role

  • Attend Parish Council meetings - usually once a month
  • Take any issues raised by residents to the parish council on the residents' behalf
  • Carry out duties to uphold the local by-laws, to protect the local environment and infrastructure, footpaths and highways, lobby for improvements to services, implement new projects for the benefit of the parish such as new play areas and better sports facilities, fund raising for new projects, etc
  • Comment on all planning applications within the parish
  • Sit on sub-committees where appropriate, such as Planning, Finance, Amenities, Countryside, Recreation, and Open Spaces.  

Eligibility to become a Parish Councillor

A Parish Councillor must be aged 18 years or over, be a qualifying Commonwealth citizen, a citizen of the Republic of Ireland or a citizen of another member state of the European Community, and

  1. Be on the electoral role in the parish; Or
  2. During the whole of the twelve months before he/she was nominated as a candidate, occupied land or other premises as owner or tenant in the parish; Or
  3. During the same period, resided in that area or within three miles (4.8km) thereof; Or
  4. During the same period, has his/her principal or only place of work in that area.

Parish Councillors are elected for a term of four years. They retire together on the fourth day after the date of elections every four years. 

A Parish Councillor has no personal financial liability in respect of anything done in good faith for the purpose of any of the council's statutory functions.

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