About Ribchester Parish Council

The old Ribchester New Hotel building and the Ribchester Arms

Since 1894 the Parish Council has played an important role as the grassroots level of Local government, directly representing and promoting the interests of its community.

In addition to the councillors, who are your unpaid representatives, the Parish Council employs a Clerk to carry out its business and ensures that the many statutory requirements on the Parish Council are met. The Clerk manages the Council business such as financial matters, meeting arrangements, paperwork, agendas and minutes, noticeboards, etc.

The Parish Council has 7 Councillors elected for a term of four years. The last full election was held in 2015. The council year runs from May to April with the election of the Chairman and Vice-Chairman taking place at the Annual Statutory Meeting in May. Parish Councillors are unpaid, and do not receive any attendance allowance or payments for their duties, which they undertake on a voluntary basis.

The Parish Council is non political. It is solely involved in issues, items and developments for the village’s benefit and assistance. Decisions are decided by vote. Each Councillor has one vote with the Chairman of the Council also having a casting vote, if that is required.

The Council deals with local people and local matters on a day-to-day basis and welcomes help and interest. Attendance by the public at Council meetings is also welcomed when there is an opportunity to speak on issues on the agenda.

Policies and Procedures

The Parish Council has a number of Policies and Procedures; the following links will download them as pdf files:

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