The Council year runs from May
The year starts at the annual meeting when a Chair and Vice Chair are elected by the councillors. In all our meetings there has to be a quorum to pass resolutions (minimum of either three Councillors or one third of the Council).
Councillors are elected for a 4 year term. If a vacancy occurs during this term, it can be filled by either an election or by co-option. The last election (for the whole Parish Council) was held in May 2019. Information and how to stand is available.
In Backwell we have one main Council Meeting per month and two weeks later we have a Planning Committee Meeting. The Council spends a significant amount of time considering development such as house building within the Parish of Backwell.
What We Do
A Council (a Parish Council in a rural area is the same as a Town Council in towns) must do what Parliament requires it to do and must only do what Parliament says it may do.
One of the most important things we do is to set a local precept (tax) for the year which is used to fund all expenditure by the Council. Once a year we give grants to local voluntary organisations who ask for help. This is not automatic and has to be approved by the Council.
Part of the regular work of our Parish council is informing and contributing to North Somerset Council’s planning system. In addition we respond to consultations relating to major proposals in and around our Parish. For example, we have a Working Party looking at development of the village until 2036, trying to influence and inform the West of England Joint Spatial Plan and the North Somerset Council Local Plan and Bristol International Airport. We can influcence other organisations such as North Somerset Council or local Members of Parliament.