Caunton Parish Council is the formal body which represents the village in local matters and comprises seven elected parish councillors and a parish clerk. The role of parish councillors is, essentially, to represent the interests of the village within the locality and the wider geographical area.
We usually meet at 7.30 pm on the second Wednesday of each month (except August and December) at Dean Hole School. All residents are invited to attend our meetings and participate in the public speaking sections of the agenda.
We decide on the annual precept for the parish. This is the amount collected as part of the council tax which is paid to the parish council to be spent for the benefit of the village.
Parish councils are statutory consultees in planning applications. We welcome local residents’ comments on planning applications, which help us to make informed comments to the planning authority, most commonly Newark & Sherwood District Council. However, the decision on any planning application rests with the planning authority not the parish council.
We work hard to maintain the village environment and appearance. The parish council is responsible for the play area in the village, benches around the village and the dog waste bins, which we urge people to use. Details of the parish council’s land and buildings appear on our accounts page.