The Parish Council is the tier of Local Government closest to the people and it is a non-political body. It is at the 'grass roots' and as such is in the best position to understand and represent the views of the local community.
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 comprises 11 members. All Councillors are volunteers and receive no remuneration for their tenure. Parish Council meetings are usually held on the first Tuesday of each month, at the Village Hall, in order to discuss issues affecting the parish and its residents (except August).
A Public Forum session is always included to allow questions, comments and contributions from the general public. Please note that any correspondence received by the Clerk, unless stipulated private and confidential, may be disseminated to all serving Parish Councillors and the contents, including the author's name, may be discussed openly in a public meeting if there are legitimate grounds under the Data Protection Act 2018.
An Annual Parish Meeting is held in May, to which all residents are welcome to attend to hear reports from the Council.
Parish Council elections are held every four years, and were held in 2015. Any vacancies that arise between elections are filled either by holding a by-election or by co-option.
The Parish Council appoints a Clerk and a caretaker/groundsman.