Braunton Parish Council
Braunton is a large village in the South West of England situated 5 miles west of Barnstaple and 2 miles from the Braunton Burrows and Saunton Sands Beach. Braunton is in the centre of North Devon’s world class UNESCO Biosphere Reserve with the Burrows at its core. The Great Field on the edge of the village is one of the last remaining examples of medieval strip farming and is next to the reclaimed Braunton Marshes.
Braunton Parish Council is a small local council consisting of 13 elected councillors who are elected every four years to represent the parish. The council members operate on an entirely voluntary and non-party political basis. The Council elects a Chairman every year, who presides over the Council, which operates in accordance with the powers and duties afforded to local councils. Councillors are bound by legislation in this way they can act on behalf of the community and this is supported by various codes, regulations and standards. The Council employs a Parish Clerk, a Senior Council Officer, an Administrator, a Caretaker, a Maintenance Person and a Gardener.
As a local council, Braunton Parish Council, operates at a level of council closest to the community, the other tiers of the council covering the area being North Devon Council and Devon County Council. Each tier of council has its own powers and responsibilities for the provision of services, the more strategic and wide ranging ones being at the higher and appropriate levels of council.
It is the Parish Council’s role to listen and understand the views of the local community, and councillors use their skills and local knowledge to assist and advise the higher tiers of authority on matters of local impact and importance. The Council sets an annual budget, funding for which is received largely through a demand on council tax payers in the Parish, known as the precept, which is collected on its behalf by the District Council.