The Parish Clerk
The Clerk is employed by the Parish Council, to provide administrative support for all its activities. Her primary responsibility is to advise the Council on whether its decisions are lawful and to recommend ways in which decisions can be implemented. The Clerk can be asked to research topics of concern to the Council and provide unbiased information to aid the Council the decision making.
The Clerk has a wide range of other responsibilities which are set out in the job description. The Council is responsible for all decisions and the Clerk takes instructions from the Council as a body. She is not answerable to any individual councillor including the Chairman.
The Council must be confident that the Clerk is, at all times, independent, objective and professional.
You can contact the Parish Clerk, or through her any of the Councilors, either by using the e-mail facility on this website or by writing to the address listed on the contact form.
A councillor is a member of the Parish Council and is normally elected for a term of four years. Individuals of any political or religious persuasion are eligible to become councillors, although personal views should not extend into the Council’s work. They are elected to represent the interests of the local community as a whole and promote a harmonious local environment. The number of elected councillors depends on the size of the area we have four councilors representing the ‘old’ village of Hatton and four representing Hatton Park.
Parish councils are the first tier of governance and are the first point of contact for anyone concerned with a community issue. They are democratically elected local authorities and exist in England, Wales and Scotland. The term 'parish council' is synonymous with 'local council', 'town council' and 'community council'.
Parish councils are legally obliged to hold at least one meeting a year. Most meet on a six or eight-weekly cycle to discuss council business and hear from local residents. In addition to this, any committees or sub-committees dealing with specific subjects must also hold regular open sessions, at which members of the public can speak. Our district and county councillors regularly attend parish meetings to report back on developments at parish level. Councillors attend meetings of the full Council and often participate in committees that deal with specific areas of council business. Councillors take collective decisions that form the policy of the Council.
Being a parish councillor can be an interesting and rewarding experience.