3. Town and parish councils

The 169 town and parish councils across Buckinghamshire are the most local tier of government in the county. They have powers and duties laid down in law, and the ability to shape the decisions that affect communities at a local level.

Local councils in Buckinghamshire range from town councils with tens of thousands of residents and budgets in the hundreds of thousands, to parish meetings with under 100 residents and in many cases no budget at all. We are committed to working with all town and parish councils, and their representative bodies, in the most effective way possible so that together we can improve services and outcomes for all our residents.

We are also developing a new charter which sets out the relationship between the new Buckinghamshire Council and the 169 town and parish councils in Buckinghamshire. 

The charter sets out the joint principles and respective roles, responsibilities and expectations including an agreement to:

  • work together to promote the best interests of the communities we serve
  • provide quality, value for money public services
  • promote opportunities for greater public participation and involvement in public life


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Last updated: 6 April 2020

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