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About the Council

The Parish Council is not a political body, nor do Councillors represent any political party when working for the Parish Council.  As with all Parish Councils in England, Kirby Wiske with Newsham and Breckenbrough Parish Council represents the first tier of local government with services provided by Hambleton District Council and North Yorkshire County Council together with other Government agencies.  The Council is made up of eight Councillors all unpaid, from within the Parish, supported by a paid, part-time Clerk / RFO.  The Councillors represent all the electors of both parishes and have to stand for election every four years.  The Parish Council should not be confused with the Parochial Church Council which is an entirely different body that represents the views and wishes within the Church of England.

Duties of the Parish Council

  • To conform to the requirements of the Localism Act 2011 and other relevant legislation.
  • To act in accordance with the Code of Conduct adopted by the Parish Council.
  • To hold regular meetings of the Parish Council, all of which will be open to the public. [Council Meetings are held monthly at Kirby Wiske Village Hall - first Tuesday of the month commencing at 7.30 pm unless otherwise stated]
  • To record the minutes of the Council meetings and make them freely available.
  • To hold an Annual Parish Assembly when the Chair reports on the events of the year.
  • To hold an Annual Parish Meeting to elect the Chair for the coming year.
  • To manage Parish Council finances, responsibilities and resources for the ongoing benefit of parishioners.
  • To conform to the requirements of the Parish Standing Orders and Financial Regulations.