What do we do?
Clayton Parish Council was formed in 2004 and is a tier of local government below the level of district, borough or unitary council. In our case we are at a level below Bradford Metropolitan District Council but feel we operate at a level which is closest to the local community.
The Parish Council has an overall responsibility for the well-being and representation of the local community whilst striving to improve the quality of life in the Parish.
Specifically the Council:
- deals with issues and matters raised by local residents.
- works closely with (and lobbies where necessary) Bradford Metropolitan Council on matters relating to the Parish to ensure the effective delivery of services and response to
concerns of the local community.
- comments on local planning applications.
- manages Clayton's allotment belt, Glenholme allotments.
- provides grant aid opportunities for local community organisations through a grant aid allocation scheme.
- provides financial support to Clayton's Dickensian Market and St John's Parish Church youth worker.
- provides Christmas illuminations and floral hanging baskets in the village.
- carries out environmental and other improvements and initiatives.
- makes comment on wider issues affecting the Bradford Metropolitan District area.
How do we make decisions?
The Parish Council is made up of 13 Councillors who cover two wards, Clayton East and Clayton West, a parish clerk and a Finance Officer.
The Council meets regularly to make decisions on the work and direction of the Council. As an elected body the Parish Council is responsible to the people they represent, the local community.
The Council has a Planning Committee which views and discusses local planning applications and makes comment to Bradford Council's Planning Service. Meetings are held on an "as and
when required" basis.
Attending a Council meeting is the best way to find out what we do and details of meetings are displayed in this website, on the Parish Council notice board which is located in the
grounds of Clayton Library, on the notice board in the Village hall and in local shops in the area.
Where do we get our money from?
Each year a sum of money called a "precept" is collected through your council tax.
This money is invested back into the local neighbourhood by the Parish Council in order to improve local facilities and services. The Parish Council is also able to apply for grants.
How are Parish Councillors elected?
Parish Councillors are elected to represent two wards in Clayton, Clayton East and Clayton West.
They are elected by the people who live in the wards through the process of an election for each of the wards in the same way as local MP's and Bradford Councillor's.
Elections are held on a four year cycle with one due in 2011, 2015 and so on.
Most Parish Council elections are held at the same time as Bradford Council elections.
The Parish Council is able to co-opt Councillors if, following an election process, there are still vacancies on the Council.
In order to vote in an election you need to be aged 18 or over and also registered to vote. If you are not on the electoral register, contact should be made with Bradford Metropolitan Council Elections Unit at City Hall, Bradford.