Parish Council

Buckland is served by a Parish Council which comprises up to seven Parish Councillors and a Clerk.

Nigel Husband - Chairman

Ianthe Cox

Alan Horden

Debbie Jones

Alan Pryor

Julian Steed

Sheena Boyce - Clerk

Vacancy

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.

Buckland Parish Council is currently looking to fill a casual vacancy that has arisen following the resignation of a Parish Councillor.  Council will do this by co-option and may co-opt anyone who legally qualifies to be a Councillor and expresses a willingness to be appointed to serve until May 2019.  If you would like to help make a difference in your local community click vacancy for more information and/or apply to download an application form.  Applications received by Friday 3rd November 2017 will be considered at the meeting to be held on Monday 13th November 2017.

The Parish Council forecast income for the 2017/18 financial year is £15,490 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 Parish Council relies on contributions from MVDC that include £2,007 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 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.

Buckland Parish Council (“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 each of the three parish grit bins are replenished each Autumn.  Council incurs administrative expenses and the cost of employing a part time Clerk to handle 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 the community.  Council organises an Annual Parish Meeting and welcomes residents and local business people to attend Council meetings to participate in an Public Forum (an open session at the start of each the meeting) and to observe proceedings thereafter.

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.