A parish council is a civil local authority found in England and is the lowest, or first, tier of local government. They are elected corporate bodies, have variable tax raising powers, and are responsible for areas known as civil parishes, serving in total 16 million people. A parish council serving a town may be called a town council, and a parish council serving a city is styled a city council; these bodies have the same powers, duties and status as a parish council.
Parish and town councils vary enormously in size, activities and circumstances, representing populations ranging from less than 100 (small rural hamlets) to up to 70,000 (Weston-Super-Mare Town Council). Most of them are small: around 80% represent populations of less than 2,500.
Civil parish councils should not be confused with Parochial church councils which administer parishes of the Church of England.
Civil parish councils, which can be called Community councils should not be confused with Rural community councils which engage in rural development work.
Parish Council Information &
Parish Chair : Councillor Derek Coates
Parish Vice Chair : Councillor Janet Box
Parish Clerk : Peter Hughes
4 Annaside Mews
Member Duties 2021/22
Derek Coates, Chair
Janet Box, Vice Chair
Barry Henderson, Burnhope Partnership
Janet Box, Burnhope Community Centre
Barry Henderson, HAGGRID
Janet Box, Mid Durham Area Action Partnership
Janet Box,Derek Coates,Sarah McCormick,Caroline McCulloch and Gordon Smith, Friends of Burnhope War Memorial.