'The Parish' is the oldest type of local government, and has been used for civil purposes since the 8th century. In the time of Elizabeth I it was used for Poor Law administration. Since that time a variety of powers and responsibilities have been imposed on it, or withdrawn from it, but civil and ecclesiastical duties were combined up to1894 when its duties were separated.It was then that civil functions were transferred to the new Parish Council (PC), leaving Church affairs to the ecclesiastical parish, called the Parochial Church Council (the PCC)
The Parish Council - there are about 8,500 of them in England - is the local government unit most closely in touch with the electorate, because its members generally live in the parish, and its meetings are held in the parish. As a corporate body, the Parish Council is a focus of local opinion which other public authorities can easily consult. Our Parish Council in Tadmarton consists of seven members. Every four years a new Council is elected.
The Tadmarton Council Members usually meet on a Monday evening about every six weeks at 7 pm in the Tadmarton Village Hall. A copy of the meeting's agenda is published on the Parish Council notice boards. Any member of the public has a right to be present, as an observer, at the meetings.
The Parish Council receives a copy of all Tadmarton Planning Applications and views the sites of proposed developments but its powers are limited to sending observations and comments to the Cherwell District Council who make the decisions.
Each year, in the Spring, the Tadmarton Annual Parish Meeting is held. At this meeting the Parish Council reports on its activities during the past year, the accounts are presented after which there is discussion on matters of general interest. Any member of the public may attend, but only persons named on the Electoral Roll (electors) of the parish may take an active part (i.e. ask questions, join in discussions, vote). The date of the meeting is notified in the "The Link" and on the Parish Council notice-boards.
Tadmarton Parish Council
Parish Council Meetings take place in the Village Hall Annexe with meeting commencing at 7:00pm.
Members of the public are more than welcome to attend and there will be opportunities to voice thoughts and opinions.