Your Council

Shipley Parish Council is the first tier of local government for the Parish Of Shipley which includes Coolham, Dragons Green and Brooks Green. We have statutory duties and powers to provide services for the Parish of Shipley. Within these powers we own and maintain areas of public open space within the parish on behalf of the community. Here is a list of Parish Council powers.

Apart from attending the monthly meetings most Councillors accept additional specific responsibilities requiring them to attend other meetings often outside the parish. These tasks cover such fields as crime prevention, public rights of way surveillance,  Sussex and Horsham Association Of Local Councils representation, special village projects, and liaison with Horsham District Council and with other communities.

The council has the power to raise money through taxation, the precept. The precept is the parish council’s share of the council tax. The precept demand goes to the billing authority, Horsham district council, which collects the tax for the parish council. This covers essential administrative costs, management of the playground and in addition allows the council to donate modest sums to worthy causes that it considers to be beneficial to the village community.

Parish councils have a wide range of powers which essentially relate to local matters, such as looking after community buildings, open space, play areas, street lighting, car parks and much more. They 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 (they are statutory consultees), crime prevention, managing open spaces and campaigning for and delivering better services and facilities.

The council uses a variety of communication channels in order to share information including parish noticeboards, website, door drops, questionnaires, annual parish meetings and news bulletins via the Thirteen 8 magazine and Parish magazine.

These pages are designed to provide information about the operations, meetings, minutes and outcomes of the work of your Parish Council.