Abthorpe is a small village with about 160 houses in the village itself and another 20 scattered around the parish. There are 350 electors in the parish.
The Parish Council is responsible for a limited range of local services and provides a channel for representing local views to the District and County Council. It is responsible for street lighting and the maintenance of the village green. It is regularly consulted on planning applications and its views are sought on the various plans which the District and County Councils formulate for the provision of their services.
The Parish Council consists of 7 members elected every four years. To find out who is on the Council, look at the list of current members. The Council employs a part-time clerk who is responsible for the Council’s finances and minutes. Much of the clerk’s time is taken up gathering information to enable the Council to work on behalf of the people of the parish. The Parish Council has an annual budget of approximately £4,000, raised through the Council Tax. You will find the precise amount detailed in the Tax demand which you receive each year from the District Council.
The Council is elected every 4 years. The next elections are expected to take place in May 2021, in this case delayed by local government reorganisation and Covid-19.
The next meeting is on Monday 11th January 2021 and will take place via Zoom. The Agenda can be found here , along with joining instructions.