Buckland is served by a Parish Council which comprises up to seven Parish Councillors and a Clerk.
Nigel Husband - Chairman
Sheena Boyce - Clerk
Your Parish Council is a local level of government and has a number of roles and responsibilities. These are increasing over time as the Government devolves more responsibility to local communities and reduces the funding made available to our District and County Councils. The Parish Council budgeted income for the 2017/18 financial year is £17,460 that is partly raised through a Parish precept of £12,723 (collected by Mole Valley District Council (“MVDC”) on the Parish Council’s behalf). For the balance, Buckland is relies on contributions that include £2,007 from MVDC towards the cost of maintaining the registered village green and pond as an area for recreation for everyone who lives or works in the local area, £1,970 applied for under the Surrey County Council Highways Localism Scheme (as yet unconfirmed) and a £780 share of a government grant provided to MVDC that relates to the localisation of Council Tax Support (previously managed by central government) that took effect a few years ago.
Council, as well as being responsible for the maintenance of the village green and pond, funds the village website, maintains the floodlighting to the church and ensures the three grit bins are replenished each Autumn. The council incurs administrative expenses and the costs of employing a part time Clerk to handle the administration and ensure Council keeps abreast of legislation and its obligations. Council applies any residual balance towards projects designed to deliver amenity improvements.
Council is consulted by MVDC on all planning applications arising in Buckland and is consulted by MVDC, Surrey County Council and Surrey Police in relation to other government functions including planning policy, highways maintenance, road safety, public rights of way and local policing.
Council provides a link to the local community and takes up issues on behalf of Buckland’s residents. The Parish Council organises an Annual Parish Meeting and welcomes residents and local business people to attend Council meetings to observe proceedings and to participate in the Open Session.
The Parish Council seeks to identify and address areas of local concern and to pursue opportunities to improve the quality of life for Buckland residents. To contact Buckland Parish Council please use our contact form.