The Parish Council consists of six elected councillors and a clerk. Councillors are elected to represent and listen to the views and reasonable wishes of the villagers and to make decisions of their behalf. It meets on the third Monday of each month at 7.30pm in the village hall (or via Zoom when pandemic restrictions are in place.) Members of the public are welcome to attend, and minutes and agendas for the meetings are posted on the village noticeboards and website. The councillors are elected every four years and the current council was elected in 2019.
The councillors are elected every four years and the current council was elected in 2019. Your Parish Councillors are listed here.
Parish Council Duties:
The Parish Council is responsible for setting a budget each year in order to carry out its duties and for maintaining proper accounts. It liaises with the District Council and other authorities and is able to comment on planning applications and other consultations that may affect the village in any way. The Parish Council also undertakes various projects in the village as identified in the Village Plan. All the money for this work is raised through the parish precept, which is collected from each household through the council tax.
Arkesden is a small village and therefore has limited responsibilities. These include:
- Maintenance of the village greens
- Maintenance and insurance of the Millennium Field
- Public benches
- Litter bins
- Ensuring public footpaths are maintained and way-marked by the relevant authorities.
- Report highways issues to Essex Highways.