St Mary Bourne Parish Council - In Brief

Role  The purpose of the Parish Council is to ensure that the local environment is maintained and developed to satisfy as far as possible, the wishes of the electorate and that community facilities meet the needs of the parish.

Organisation The Parish Council consists of a Chairman, Vice Chairman and seven members together with the Parish Clerk. The Full Council meets eleven times a year. The Planning Committee meets ten times a year.

Elections  Parish elections normally occur every four years. The current Parish Council was elected on 27 May 2010 and this was one of a few contested elections in the Borough reflecting a high degree of local interest.

Finance  Parishioners pay Council Tax set by Hampshire County Council, based upon house value. In addition parishes raise a ‘precept’ to cover local costs such as maintenance of sports fields and play areas.

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