What is The Parish Council 

A Parish Council is the first tier of local government and is responsible for the overall well-being of its local community. Great Linford Parish Council is committed to promoting community values, economic well being and pride in the Parish. We aspire to engage with residents, understand their needs and address where possible with the resources and powers available. We aim to work with local organisations and agencies to provide high standard, cost-effective services. We try to encourage and promote the economic and commercial vitality of the Parish through partnerships and other means. Most of all we embrace progress in a bid to improve the quality of our residents’ lives and healthy living standards. 
Who is the Parish Council? 
How does it work? 
Twenty Parish Councillors voluntarily give their time, effort and experience to serve a parish population of nearly 20,000 people across 12 estates (wards). The number of parish councillors representing an estate depends on the population of the estate.  
Parish Councillors are supported by a Parish Manager, a team of part time office staff, two rangers and a project manager. 
Annually the Parish Council reviews strategy and vision based on input from internal and external sources. This creates the action plan for the next financial year and the medium term. 
The Parish is funded out of what is called the precept which is paid by each household as part of their Council Tax. There are statutory requirements that a parish council are required to fulfil, but at the root of everything a parish council is there to represent the views and concerns of the whole community. 
What do we do? 
...and how do we do it? 
As well as statutory requirements the Parish Council provides services and facilities for the community and through projects (short and long term) we act on views and concerns of the whole community. 
There is one main Parish Council committee called the Full Committee which meets twice a month (August & December meetings vary) – the 2nd Monday and last Wednesday of the month. All councillors are expected to attend these meetings which are held at the Parish Council Office at Great Linford Local Centre and begin at 7.30pm. 
Gyosei art trail frog bench
Artwork Horse/Rabbit underpass Conniburrow
Rocla Art Trail mosaic butterfly
Gyosei Art Trail Dragonfly sculpture
Becoming a Parish Councillor 
By becoming a parish councillor you become someone your community will look to for help, guidance and support – a community leader with the power to influence decisions for the benefit of the people you serve. Seeing your community change for the better, as a result of decisions you have helped make, is something that can give you a sense of achievement and pride. 
For further details or to arrange to meet for an informal chat about becoming a parish councillor, please contact Eirwen Tagg, Parish Manager at 
parish.manager@great-linford.gov.uk, telephone 01908 606613 of click on the button below. 
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