Parish councils were formed in England under the Local Government Act 1894 to take over local oversight of civic duties in rural towns and villages. Before this date a variety of groups based around ecclesiastical parishes had responsibility for these matters, in a system of local government that originated in the feudal system of the 8th century. Their areas of responsibility were known as civil parishes and they were grouped together to form rural districts. Civil parishes existed in urban districts, but did not have parish councils.
Following the Local Government Act 1972, many small towns which had previously formed municipal boroughs or urban districts became "successor parishes" within larger districts. Since the enactment of the Local Government and Rating Act 1997, district and unitary councils may create a parish council for a new civil parish either through a review or in response to a petition. This has led to the creation of new parish councils at an increased rate, especially in large towns and cities which do not have a history of parish governance.
The first Parish meeting for the election of Parish Councillors for the Parish of East Brent was held at the Parochial School (now East Brent Church of England First School), East Brent on Tuesday December 4th 1894.
The council operates an open information policy. All documents relating to the work of the council are available for viewing to the parishioners upon reasonable request. In line with more councils, we will also be publishing online those documents which we feel will be of most interest to the parishioners.
Please do write or email the clerk with your views on what additional information you would like to see on this website. We cannot promise to publish all of the councils business on this website, however, the website project is an ongoing one and we would welcome your views on the usefulness of the information that we have provided and the manner in which we have provided it.
We have also under this section tried to explain the working of the parish council so that those who do not know what we do may get a better understanding.
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