About Hanley Castle Parish Council
Hanley Castle Parish Council meets monthly and considers planning applications and any other matters referred to it by local residents, the district and county councils, and central government. Residents can raise anything that concerns them, either directly or through emailing the Parish Clerk. If matters raised are not the responsibility of the council, the clerk will bring them to the attention of the proper authority.
Meetings are usually held on the third Thursday of each month, in the Village Hall. An Open Forum session is always included to allow questions, comments, and contributions from the general public.
An Annual Parish Meeting is held in May, which all residents are welcome to attend to hear reports from the Council.
Parish Council elections are held every four years. Any vacancies that arise between elections are filled either by holding a by-election or by co-option. All councillors are volunteers and receive no remuneration for their tenure.
The Parish Council appoints a Clerk and Wardens who look after Litter, Footpaths, Verges, and Trees.
What powers does the parish council have?
The council is responsible for a whole range of matters, including community buildings, open space, allotments, play areas, street lighting, bus shelters, car parks, and much more.
The council can make comments on planning applications, but the decisions are made by Malvern Hills District Council. To view a planning application, click here.
How the council's work is funded
The Council has the power to raise money through taxation, known as the 'precept'. The precept is the parish council’s share of Council Tax. The precept demand goes to Malvern Hills District Council, which collects the tax for the parish council.
Each parish council forecasts how much money it is going to need the following year. This is then divided by the number of properties in the parish that fall into Band D Council Tax bands. This figure is adjusted to take account of such things as exempt properties and planned new houses to get the precept each Council Tax payer in the parish will contribute.
Code of Conduct
Parish councillors are governed by a code of conduct, which you can read here.