Parish Councils are the tier of local government closest to their electorate and best placed to serve local communities.
They are Local Authorities created by statute and can only act where there is an express power or duty.
Parish Councils have the power to raise money through taxation (the precept). The precept is Theale Parish Council’s share of the council tax, which is collected by West Berkshire Council on its behalf.
The Parish Council is an elected body in the first tier of local government it has 11 councillors who stand for election every 4 years.
Councillors consider matters affecting the parish, planning applications and issues raised directly by local residents.
The duties and functions of a parish council are many and varied but fall into 3 main categories:
- Representing your local community
- Delivering services to meet local needs
- Striving to improve quality of life in the parish
Theale Parish Council meetings are held monthly in the Peter Gooch Room, The Pavilion, Englefield Road and are open to the public.