Pembury Parish Council is one of three tiers of local government and works with Tunbridge Wells Borough Council and Kent County Council to provide a wide range of services for residents.
The Parish Council has direct responsibility for allotments, cemeteries, public recreation grounds and open spaces, children’s play areas, tennis courts, football pitches and land on the Old Coach Road.
Town and Parish Councils are an essential part of the structure of local democracy and have a vital role in acting on behalf of the communities they represent. They:
- Give views, on behalf of the community, on planning applications and other proposals that affect the parish.
- Undertake projects and schemes that benefit local residents.
- Work in partnership with other bodies to achieve benefits for the parish.
- Alert relevant authorities to problems that arise or work that needs to be undertaken.
- Help the other tiers of local government keep in touch with their local communities.
Town and Parish Councils have a wide range of legal duties and powers, such as the maintenance of community buildings and land and much more. They have the power to raise money through a ‘precept’ which is collected with the local council tax.
The parish council must comply with its standing orders which are the written rules of a local council. These can be downloaded here.
Unlike the Borough and County Councils, the Parish Council receives no direct government grant. It raises its income through the parish precept element of the Council Tax and the charges it makes for its services.
Kent County Council is responsible for education, social services, highways and footpaths, libraries, and trading standards. Further information can be found by clicking on the links above, or by visiting the County Council’s website www.kent.gov.uk.
Tunbridge Wells Borough Council has responsibility for council tax, planning, waste services, housing, environmental health, and benefits. Further information can be found by clicking on the links above, or by visiting the Borough Council’s website www.tunbridgewells.gov.uk.
Role of Parish Councillors
Thirteen Parish Councillors represent Pembury. All 13 seats on the Parish Council are elected every four years, the next election is due to take place in May 2019. Details of your current councillors can be found here.
A Parish Councillor’s role is varied and includes:
- Acting as a representative for residents and bringing their views to the Council’s decision-making process both on matters relating to Parish Council services and on general issues affecting the village.
- Participating in the governance, policy setting and strategic management of the Council through work on committees and working groups and as a Member of Council.
- Responding to residents’ enquiries and representations.
- Representing the Council on other bodies.
Pembury Parish Councillors are not paid for their work as Members of the Parish Council. All Parish Councillors must comply with the Code of Conduct which can be downloaded here.
Tunbridge Wells Borough Council is the Planning Authority for Pembury and all applications are viewable on the TWBC Public Access Facility here.
Pembury Parish Council acts as a statutory Consultee on all planning proposals submitted within the parish. Applications are considered at the Planning and Highways Committee, which is held once a month. Members of the public are welcome to attend our meetings and agendas are displayed on the Council’s notice board and website at least three clear days before the meeting. Council meetings are held in the Parish Office meeting room in Lower Green Recreation Ground, Pembury. Meetings usually start at 7:30pm.