Traditional-style sign post paid for by the Parish Council
Division of Responsibilities
A parish council represents the first tier of local government. The second tier is the District Council and the top tier is the County Council (In some areas, District and County Councils are replaced by a single Unitary Council – this will happens here in April 2020, when the four District Councils in Buckinghamshire, together with Bucks County Council will be replaced by a unitary authority, to be known as Buckinghamshire Council).
Each tier of local government has different responsibilities and it is sometimes confusing for residents to know who to approach with regard to different services. Some services that were carried out by the District Council are being devolved to parish councils. Our activities can be said to fall into three main categories: representing the local community; delivering services to meet local needs; striving to improve quality of life and community well-being. The roles of a parish council can be many and various.
Briefly, here are what each council provides (NB this listing is not exhaustive; for full details see links to the Councils here):