Your Parish Councillors
Councils were created in Statute in 1894 and parish councils are the lowest level of democracy with a range of powers.
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
Register of Members Interests
All Parish Councillors are required to notify Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council’s Monitoring Officer of their Disclosable Pecuniary Interests, by completing a declaration of interests form. The Register of Interests is open to inspection by the public and copies of the Declaration of Interest forms can be accessed by clicking here.
The role of a parish clerk
The clerk is the Proper Officer and is an employee of the Parish Council. He/she is a vital team member and implements the Council decisions and provides the Parish Council with information to allow legal decisions to be made. The clerk draws up and signs the agenda and summons member to attend. The clerk is the responsible Financial Officer
Meriden’s Parish Clerk is Barbara Bland and can be contacted on firstname.lastname@example.org
District Councillors for the ward of Meriden
Cllr Diane Howell(Cons)
C/o Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council
Your District Councillor has a very important role in helping shape future services for the community and are essential in deciding public interest on Council issues.
Each ward has three Councillors, who each stand for four years. A local election is held in three out of the four year period – each time one Councillor’s seat will be up for election in each ward.
All members (Councillors) meet together as the Council to decide Council policies, decisions and budgets. These meetings are normally open to the public. The Council appoints a leader, who then appoints a Cabinet. The Council also appoints Overview and Scrutiny Boards to monitor decisions made by the Council