A parish council is a local authority that makes decisions on behalf of the people in the parish. It is the level of government closest to the community, with the district authority (in our case, Folkestone Hythe & District Council) above it in the hierarchy.
As the authority closest to the people, parish councils are invariably the first place people can go with concerns or ideas. For this reason they are a vital part of any community.
Parish councils make all kinds of decisions on issues that affect the local community. Probably the most common topics that parish councils get involved with are planning matters (they are statutory consultees), crime prevention, managing community assets such as Village Halls and open spaces, and campaigning for and delivering better services and facilities.
It’s true to say that on their own, parish councils have limited powers to make decisions. But they do have the ability to negotiate with, and the power to influence, those other organisations that do make the final decisions (such as the district council, health authorities, police etc).