What is a Parish Council?

Parish and Community Councils were established through the Local Government Act 1894 to take over the powers and duties previously administered by Churchwardens and Overseers of the poor.

A Parish Council exists to discuss community affairs but it can only do that which it is empowered by law to do. The laws relating to the constitution, creation and dissolution of local councils is contained in the Local Government Act 1972.

Selston Council consists of 21 elected members representing all parts of the parish and headed by a Chairman and their contribution to parish life is entirely voluntary.

The work of the Council is carried out by the Clerk who is also responsible for ensuring that the Parish Council fulfils its legal obligations and does not act beyond its powers. The Clerk is a paid employee. Selston Parish Council also employs an Assistant Clerk and an Admin Assistant who also support the Clerk in her role.

Council meetings are held monthly usually on the last Monday of every month at one of the Parish Council venues. Members of the public are welcome to attend and anyone wishing to address the Council can do so. If you have any queries, please speak to the Clerk.