The Council

All Parish Council meetings are held in Sancton Methodist Chapel, Rispin Hill, Sancton, YO43 4QY at 7pm and everyone is welcome to attend.

The Parish Council is the tier of Local Government which is closest to the people. Parish and town councils are executive bodies which have statutory powers and duties. Each is expected to, and often asked to, voice the views of the community that they represent on planning applications, local plans and other issues. They also nominate members to represent the view of the parish on outside bodies and, in turn, report back on the business of the body concerned.

In law, councillors act as a corporate body making decisions for the benefit of the community. The council works within the overall structure of local government to get the best deal for local people. Meetings of the council are managed by the chairman with the support of the clerk; the clerk implements the decisions of the council and provides independent, objective and professional advice, information and administrative support to the council.

They are frequently expected to lead on projects that will benefit the local community because it is often the only body with access to information and with the resources to take an initiative.

Minutes and agendas can be found on the notice board in Low Street and on the website.

Sancton Parish Council, as the Burial Authority for the Parish, administers Sancton Cemetery. Please see documents page for fees and regulations.