About The Parish Council
What King’s Sutton Parish Council Does
Parish councils form the most local level of government, primarily in rural areas of the English counties. Our county, Northamptonshire, has some 208 parishes with councils, plus 51 parish meetings that don’t hold elections. Together they cover almost all the rural parts of the county.
King’s Sutton Parish Council has an overall responsibility for the well-being of our local neighbourhood, which comprises the hamlets of Astrop, Upper Astrop and Little Purston as well as the village of King’s Sutton itself. For the most part, our work falls into three main categories:
- Representing the local community
- Delivering services to meet local needs
- Striving wherever possible to protect (and improve upon) quality of life in the parish
The parish council directly delivers, maintains or contributes to the following services:
- Bus shelters
- Environmental initiatives
- Festivals and celebrations
- Footpaths and other rights of way
- Fund-raising for local causes
- Health and safety schemes
- King’s Sutton Times quarterly newsletter
- Litter and dog-poop bins
- Local campaigns
- Millennium Memorial Hall
- Neighbourhood Watch and other crime reduction measures
- Projects, sports facilities and play equipment for local youngsters
- Recreation ground and other open spaces
- Street cleaning
- Street lighting
- Village website
In addition, we will often work hand in glove with South Northants Council, Northamptonshire County Council and other local organisations to ensure the effective delivery of services to the local community.
What Parish Councillors Do
King’s Sutton Parish Council comprises 15 councillors with an electorate of around 1,700 people. Councillors are elected every four years to represent residents of the village and the smaller communities within the parish. To be eligible for election, candidates must be 18 years or older and live in the area. In the event that there are not enough candidates standing for election to fill all the available places on the council, additional members will be co-opted.
The full council meets in the Astrop Room on the first floor of the Millennium Memorial Hall on the first Thursday of each month and holds an annual general meeting in the main hall, usually in April. Members of the public are free to attend any meeting of the full council unless exceptional circumstances call for a closed meeting. Committees and working groups set up by the council to address different needs will meet either regularly or on an ad hoc basis. (The dates and times of full council and committee meetings are usually recorded in this website’s Events Diary.)
Councillors have three main areas of work:
Decision-making – Through participating in meetings, committees and working groups with other elected members, councillors decide which activities to support, where money should be spent, what services should be delivered and what policies should be implemented.
Monitoring – Councillors ensure their decisions lead to efficient and effective services by keeping an eye on how well things are working.
Getting involved locally – As local representatives, councillors are answerable to their constituents and local organisations. Dependant on circumstances, the day-to-day work of a King’s Sutton parish councillor may include:
- Attending meetings of local organisations such as tenants’ associations.
- Participating in meetings with bodies that affect the wider community, such as the police, the local highways authority, school, and so on.
- Taking up issues on behalf of parish residents, such as making representations to South Northants Homes or the county council.
- Meeting with individual residents or families in their own home.
Why Become a Councillor?
As a councillor you can become a voice for your community and affect real change. Councillors are community leaders and represent the aspirations of the people they serve. Parish councillors directly engage with the most local part of our democratic system and are closest to the public. By standing for your parish council you could make a real difference to your local neighbourhood. To find out more about joining King’s Sutton Parish Council, use the contact form on this page to get in touch or contact our clerk:
Mrs. Ann Le Druillenec
Millennium Memorial Hall
Telephone: 01295 816905