Councils were created in Statute in 1894 and parish councils are the lowest level of democracy with a range of powers.
Meriden Parish Council is responsible for the Village Green, the bus shelters, the red telephone boxes, street furniture (benches, notice boards, litter bins), Meriden Sports Park and its pavilion and the adjacent roundabout.
Meriden Parish Council consists of a paid clerk and a team of eight elected councillors who serve for a term of four years. Councillors have an active interest and concern for their local community. They represent local people and work in partnership with them and others when necessary. They help with decisions on local services and Council policies.
Councillors are not paid and have to abide by a local government code of conduct. They must declare any financial interests in the parish – such as employment, businesses and land ownership. Councillors must also declare a personal or prejudicial interest in any matter being discussed at a parish council meeting.