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Association of Local Councils
Burston and Shimpling Parish Council
Why The "Parish Planet"?
Burston and Shimpling were formed into one Parish for the
purpose of local government, although geographically they are
divided by the railway line, which cuts almost exactly between the
two villages. The Parish is our bit of the Planet, the bit we
can most directly effect. As Jane Goodall, the environmentalist
said: "We cannot solve all the problems of the world, but we can
often do something about the problems under our noses."
What is the Parish Council?
Parish and Town Councils are the local level of government in the
England. They are independent bodies and have responsibility for:
Representing all residents in the parish.
Running local services that max include:
allotments, cemeteries, community buildings, recreation and play
areas, seating, bus shelters, litter bins and local transport
Commenting on planning applications and
long-term development issues.
Collecting money for their budget through
the'precept' as part of council tax. Each parish council has the
power to set it's own budget according to their plans for the
year and therefore can decide what the precept level should be
to provide the required funding.
And also have wide-ranging powers to become
involved in further activities that contribute towards the
improvement of the environment and quality of life in the
Who are the Parish Councillors?
All parish councillors are local residents who have volunteered;
they have then either been elected by the public or the parish
council; they are unpaid and serve a four year term. The parish
clerk is a paid position that deals with the parish council's
administration. You can read more about
our councillors here.