Stoke Parish Council is committed to working for the good of the whole of Stoke Heath and Stoke Prior Parish and wants to hear your views on what we should be doing to support the local community. All your ideas are welcomed. Please take a moment to explore our website
Stoke Parish Website
Welcome to the website for the North Worcestershire communities of Stoke Heath, Stoke Pound, Stoke Prior and Stoke Works.
This website aims to provide information about the work and activities of Stoke Parish Council. The Parish Council is the first tier of statutory elected Local Government, supported by Bromsgrove District Council and Worcestershire County Council. Whilst we have a close working relationship with these bodies, we have an element of sovereignty and are not directly answerable to these higher tiers of administration.
Parliament has given various powers to Parish Councils. These powers relate to planning, provision of recreational facilities, community centres and public buildings, crime prevention, community transport, public toilets, tourism, allotments, footpaths, street lighting, certain aspects of highway maintenance, litter, open spaces, traffic calming, etc.
The Council comprises twelve elected or co-opted Councillors who are usually in office for four years between statutory elections. They receive neither remuneration nor expenses, serving the community on a voluntary basis. The Councillors elect from among their number a Chairman and Vice-Chairman who serve in that capacity for one year. The Council officially employs a Clerk as their statutory Proper Officer, who administers the Council's business, and advises on all matters of procedure and legal affairs. The Clerk is also the Responsible Financial Officer, another position defined in law.