Who we are and what we do
Aldermaston Parish Council is the first tier of local government. It is an elected local authority and is non-political. It is not a voluntary organisation, a charity or something to do with the Church.
Aldermaston Parish Council consists of 7 councillors including the Chairman and they are supported by a part time Clerk who is the only regularly paid member of staff.
The Parish Council endeavours to represent the interests of the community. This is achieved in a variety of ways including monitoring services carried out by District Councils, representing views of parishioners to other authorities, supporting and liaising with local organisations, protecting its environment, sustaining and developing community spirit and supporting local enterprise.
The Parish Council’s role is limited - many of the issues which concern parishioners are the responsibility of West Berkshire Council. Nevertheless, it has a right to be consulted on important issues like planning. The Council has the authority to raise money by setting a precept which is charged to residents as part of Council Tax. Each year the Council sets a budget and this is then used to set the precept. The precept was set at £13k for 2018/19. The Council uses this money to fund maintenance activities such as grass cutting and playground equipment, as well as administrative costs such as the Clerk’s salary. They also give financial support to local organisations such as the Church, the Parish Hall, and local charities
Aldermaston Parish Council generally meet on the first Tuesday of every month in the Parish Hall. The meeting is open to the public and there is a specific item on each month’s agenda for public participation. You can find out more about what goes on at the Council meetings by looking at the minutes of previous meetings which are public records and can be found under Parish Council Documents . The agenda for each meeting, including a list of planning applications to be discussed, is published on this website and on noticeboards 3 working days before the meeting.
An Annual Parish Meeting is also hosted by the Parish Council each year where local organisations are invited to report on their achievements over the past year.
Parish Council elections are held every four years and any vacancies that arise between elections are filled either by holding a by-election or by co-option. If you are interested in becoming a Councillor please contact the Clerk to find out more.