The Council

The Council has a wide range of powers, but is limited by the annual precept (currently £30,000) as to what can be undertaken. The priorities for action will be guided by the Councillors who set the tasks and objectives of the Council and projects like the Neighbourhood Plan that was adopted in July 2017.

Although planning applications are determined by Harrogate Borough Council, the views of the Parish Council have to be sought and taken into account.

Parish councils make all kinds of decisions on issues that affect the local community. Probably the most common topics that parish councils get involved with are planning matters as statutory consultees, highways, traffic, parking, crime prevention, managing open spaces and campaigning for and delivering better services and facilities.

It’s true to say that on their own, parish councils have limited powers to make decisions but they do have the ability to negotiate with, and the power to influence, those other organisations that do make the final decisions such as other tiers of local government, health authorities, police etc.

Most of the public services are carried out by the Borough Council and you can use this link to check what they provide - https://www.harrogate.gov.uk/site/scripts/az_index.php. Other matters are the responsibility of North Yorkshire County Council such as highways matters. If in any doubt about who does what, contact the Parish Clerk.

Howard West

Howard West

Chairman

Roles & Responsibilities
Staffing
Press Releases

Dave Oswin

Dave Oswin

Deputy Chair and Planning Committee Chairman

Roles & Responsibilities

Planning and Recreation

Cathy Burrell

Cathy Burrell

Roles & Responsibilities
Communications and Chair of the Neighbourhood Plan Steering group (NPSG)

Steve Cobb

Steve Cobb

Roles & Responsibilities
Allotments
Village Green 

John Mann

John Mann

Roles & Responsibilities 
Highways
Traffic
Parking 

Ian Birchall

Ian Birchall

Roles & Responsibilities

Finance
 

Your Councillors

Councillors' Register of Interests 

To contact a councillor please go via the clerk