Buckland is served by a Parish Council which comprises up to seven Parish Councillors and a Clerk.
There is currently an an opportunity for someone to become a Parish Councillor; if you think you could be interested and would like to find out more about what is involved please contact the Clerk or one of the Councillors.
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 2016/17 financial year is £14,390, partly raised through a Parish precept (collected by Mole Valley District Council (“MVDC”) on the Parish Council’s behalf) and the remainder through grants from MVDC that includes £1,948 as a contribution 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.
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.