Heath and Reach Parish Council is a corporate body, a legal entity separate from that of its members. Its decisions are the responsibility of the whole body and not of individual councillors. The Council has been granted powers by Parliament including the important authority to raise money through taxation (the precept) and a range of powers to spend public money. The precept is the Parish Council's share of the council tax. The precept demand goes to Central Bedfordshire Council, which collects the tax for the Parish Council.
Heath and Reach Parish Council is the first tier of local government and has the legal power to take action. The Council plays a vital part in representing the interests of the community and exists to serve and improve the quality of life and the local environment. Furthermore, the Parish Council influences other decision makers such as Central Bedfordshire Council and the police.
Some of the issues that concern the Heath and Reach Parish Council are planning, transport and traffic, community safety, housing, street lighting, allotments, cemeteries, playing fields, community centres, litter, war memorials, seats and shelters, rights of way.
A better understanding of the Parish Council's work may be gleaned from reading through the agenda and minutes of recent parish council meetings.
Heath and Reach Parish Council consists of nine elected members and a clerk to the council. The full council meets on the first working Monday of every month bar August in The Barn on Eastern Way. The Parish Council has four committees: Planning and Environment, Finance, Sports and Recreation and Cemetery. These committees meet on an as and when required basis.
An agenda for all meetings is published at least three working days prior to the meeting. Minutes are published once they have been approved by the council.
All meetings are open to the public, unless otherwise stated or instructed by the Chairman at the time of the meeting.
For information on meetings, committees. policies and procedures, please click the appropriate menu item under the Parish Council menu.