About the Council

Horton PlaygroundThe Parish Council is the first elected tier of local government. It is granted powers by acts of parliament which included the power to raise taxes called the Precept. Its spending powers are limited by legislation ranging from maintaining the Church Clock, providing new play equipment in the recreation ground to providing Section 137 grant support to community buildings and groups.


The Parish Council does not have any statutory responsibility for services such as waste collection, planning, parking, education, highways, social care, street lighting and cleaning etc. These are discharged by the principal authority, the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead.


Horton Parish Council is made up of NINE Councillors who are elected for a four year term of office (next term starts May 2015).  Should a vacancy be declared  within the term of office it will be filled  by (i) 10 local electors calling a by- election  or if no election is called by  (ii) co-option. It the vacancy occurs six months prior to the term of office ending it can by law remain vacant. 

       
Councillors are subject to statutory rules relating to personal conduct, called The Code of Conduct. This is based on seven principles:  selflessness, Integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty and leadership.


Annually in May the Parish Council hold the Annual Meeting of the Parish Council at which Councillors will elect a Chairman from their number. The Chairman becoming the team leader and ensuring the smooth running of meetings. The position does not impose any other authority or responsibility.


Councillors may also be appointed or nominated to both internal and external committees, groups and organisation, within that role/s they act by delegated authority, on behalf of the Council as a whole.


All Councillors are expected to uphold and work within the democratically agreed actions or decisions of the council, even if they may, during debate dis-agreed or even vote against any matter or subject under consideration. Once an action or decision has been formally agreed it becomes binding on all Councillors.


The Parish Council meets 10 times per year. (not meeting in August or December), in Champney Hall, Stanwell Road Horton SL3 9PA  Meeting are held every 4/5 weeks and dates are always published well in advance via the web site and notice boards . The latter being situated on Stanwell Road outside Champney Hall, the junction of Coppermill Road and Stanwell Road and at the bottom of Coppermill Road opposite Old Mill Place.


During April or early May each year the Council has a statutory duty to hold an Annual Parish Meeting (sometimes called an Annual Assembly)   This meeting is called by the Chairman of the Council and is open to registered electors of the parish (who are the only people allowed to speak or vote) Those attending will receive the Annual Parish Council report which details what has been undertaken or achieved during the preceding year.  But more importantly it provides an open forum where registered electors of the parish can ask questions, raise concerns and suggest future projects or improvements.


Charities: The Parish Council are the appointed Custodian Trustees to the following

Champney Hall and Recreation GroundThe Registered Village Green and  The Recreation Ground with responsibility for the general upkeep and improvement. The day to day management of Champney Hall is vested in the Management Committee as Custodians the Parish Council provide annual grants to assist in meeting running costs and/or repairs.


All organisations have to be administered by someone.   Within Parish Councils this is undertaken by a person called the Proper Officer to the Council but more commonly known as the Clerk to the Council. Horton Parish Council employs a part time officer (10 hours per week) who works from home.  Legislation confers specific legal duties on the post holder, the most important being that he/she is the first point of contact for the Parish Council, holds and maintains all parish records, receives and sends all correspondence, issues agendas, legal notices, takes the minutes of meetings and is the legal adviser to the Council.   The post holder also has by law a second title that of Responsible Financial Officer. Within this role the post holder is responsible to make sure expenditure is within the law, final budgeting, accounting, recording, reporting and the financial stability of the Council. All Parish Council accounts are subject to both internal and external audit .