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What is a Parish Council?
A Parish Council is the tier of local government closest to
the residents who elect them. As with all Parish Councils, Walton Parish
Council exists to serve the needs of everyone in the village. It consists of
eleven unpaid members who are elected every four years to represent all the
electors of Walton. The Parish Council makes decisions for the
benefit of the community, working in conjunction with Wakefield District Council
to get the best deal for local people. It does so by having
meetings each month (except in August) at which matters are discussed and
decisions made on a wide range of issues affecting the village. Members of the
Public are entitled to attend these meetings to observe the proceedings
(although they are not allowed to speak during the meetings).
The Parish Council has the power to raise money and to
spend it on behalf of the community. The money is raised by means of a ‘precept’
which is levied on every ratepayer and can be seen on the Wakefield District
Council rates bill that ratepayers receive each year.
The Parish Council employs a Clerk who implements the decisions of the
council, and provides independent, objective and professional advice,
information and administrative support to the council.
Population (2011 census) 3231
Number of registered electors: Approximately 2730
Parish Precept for the year
2017/18 - £34,700
Amount to be paid by a ratepayer for the Parish precept: