Parish Council

Parish Council

What is a Parish Council?

A parish council is an elected local authority. It is the tier of local government that is closest to the people. The Parish Council is not a registered charity, a voluntary organisation or affiliated with the church.

Parish Councillors have an active interest and concern for their local community. They represent local people and work in partnership with them and others when necessary. The Parish Council helps provide local services and facilities, taking decisions that form the policy of the parish council.

What does Bearley Parish Council do?

Bearley Parish Council’s responsibilities and work fall into three main categories:

  • Representing the local community
  • Delivery of services to meet local needs
  • Striving to improve the quality of life in the parish.

Bearley Parish Council uses a sum of money called a precept, which is collected through the council tax, to improve facilities and services for local residents.

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Who are the Councillors

Parish Councillors:

Richard Le Page (Chairman)
Tel: 01789 731676, Email:

Marion Mitchell
Tel: 07825 321440, Email:

Nick Edden
Tel: 0773 397766, Email:

Ray Greening
Tel: 07969 521247, Email:

Parish Clerk:

Karen Mason
Tel: 07713 280431, Email:

District Councillor:

Ian Shenton
Tel: 07971 343074, Email:

Warwickshire County Councillor:

Penny-Anne O’Donnell
Tel: 07392260141,  Email:

Stratford-upon-Avon MP:

Nadhim Zahawi

Important Documents

Please click the link below to view Important documents including Financial and Policies.

Important Documents

How does your council work?

Types of council

This guide relates to councils in England and has been taken from the GOV.UK website (follow this link for more information).

Duties of County Councils
These are responsible for services across the whole of a county, like:

  • education
  • highways and transport
  • structure planning
  • fire and public safety
  • social care and services
  • libraries
  • waste management (not collection)
  • trading standards
  • civil emergencies
  • rights of way
  • registration of births, marriages and deaths
  • archives


Duties of District, Borough and City councils
These cover a smaller area than county councils. They’re usually responsible for services like:

  • rubbish collection
  • recycling
  • parking
  • Council Tax collections
  • housing
  • planning applications
  • sports. leisure and arts
  • licences and permissions
  • air quality and pest control
  • libraries

Duties of Parish councils
These operate at a level below district and borough councils and in some cases, unitary authorities.

They’re elected and can help on a number of local issues, like providing:

  • allotments
  • public clocks
  • bus shelters
  • community centres
  • play areas and play equipment
  • grants to help local organisations
  • consultation on neighbourhood planning


They also have the power to issue fixed penalty fines for things like:

  • litter
  • graffiti
  • fly posting
  • dog offences


More information can be found by clicking the document below.

Legal powers and duties of Parish and Town Councils

Minutes & Agendas

Please click on the link below to see all meeting dates, minutes and agendas.