We are an independent local democratic unit and councillors are elected every four years.
There are 11 councillors who meet regularly to make decisions on the work and direction of the council. The Parish Councillors do not receive any salary but contribute a great deal of their time and energy to ensure the smooth running of the community. We know the village well and express our views to authorities such as Tonbridge and Malling Borough Council, Kent County Council, the Environment Agency, the Kent Police Authority and Health Authorities. We pursue an active policy through direct action or grant aid measures to improve and enhance the general environment and condition of the village. We are consulted on planning applications and on such things as schools, roads and planning enquiries. We have the power to improve the community by spending sums of money on things, which are in the interests of the parish or all or some of our inhabitants and activities funded in this way include the playscheme and litter clearing.
OUR AIMS AND OBJECTIVES
- Setting reasonable and sustainable precept for 2015/16.
- To decide key projects and investigate national and local funding streams
- Sustainability, maintenance and use of the Jubilee Hall
- Consideration of Kent County Councils intention to reduce services; including, when any service reductions are likely to take place, how any reduction in services will affect East Peckham with particular regard to youth services, community transport and libraries and what the Parish Council can do to maintain key services in the village.
- Continue to work towards obtaining Quality Council Status.
- To establish sub committees to work on specific projects
East Peckham Parish Council is responsible for:
- Some street lighting
- The Community Centre and Sports Hall
- The Playing Fields
- Outdoor Play Equipment
- Outdoor Fitness Equipment
- Some Litter picking
- Churchyard maintenance
- Amenity Land at The Pound
The Parish Clerk fulfils a number of functions which include:
- Managing the office in the Community Centre and Sports Hall
- Managing the Community Centre, Sports Hall and outdoor play and fitness equipment
- Hall Bookings
- Managing the Allotments
- Managing Parish Council finances
- Providing legal advice
- Contacting advising and liaising with contractors
- Liaising with Tonbridge and Malling Borough Council, Kent County Council, the CommunityWarden, Police Representatives et
- Advising and meeting residents
- Preparing for and attending meetings of the parish council
THE COUNCIL AND OUR COMMITTEES
The full Council oversees all Council activities. We also have a Finance Committee and a Planning Committee. Meeting dates, agendas and minutes are posted on our website.
Meeting dates and copies of our agendas are also posted on our notice board. Meetings are open to the press and public. No public participation is allowed at our committee meetings but meetings of the full Council do allow a period of time for resident’s questions. Minutes from our meetings can be found on our website and are also available to view at our office, the Village Stores and Library.
THE CIVIC FUNCTION
The Parish Council plays an important civic role. Councillors attend the Remembrance Day Service and the Chairman, Deputy Chairman and Councillors represent the village at various events throughout the year and have undertaken a number of local engagements. The Chairman and Deputy Chairman also attend the Annual Kent Civic Service.
The Parish Council is responsible for a range of facilities throughout the village.
In addition, the Councillors work to support the residents of the village and provide activities, events and services which are of benefit to the community.
All our activities are underpinned by the Parish Council aims and objectives which are agreed annually.
Our priorities are:
- Listening and responding to the views and needs of local residents in order to be a strong and recognisable voice for the village.
- Providing the public with exceptional service and high quality, value for money services accessible to all.
- Protecting the vulnerable, working in partnership with the community and the voluntary sector.
- Encourage participation in the work of the Parish Council and to ensure transparency in all aspects of Parish Council decision making.
- Taking steps to improve the environment and ensure that sustainable policies are agreed to protect current and future village life.
Please let us know if you have any comments about these priorities.
What do you want to say?
Did you know that all regular parish council meetings are open to the public?
- Did you know that all parishioners are welcome to attend, and voice an opinion on items on the agenda?
If what you want to talk about isn’t on the agenda, please let us know and get the question (s) asked!
Or come to a meeting anyway, and raise the subject in the public participation part of the meeting.
It’s your parish, the parish council is elected by you, and you have a right to be heard.