Parish Council

A parish council is the first tier of local government and despite its name, has nothing to do with the parish church although its boundaries roughly coincide with those of the ecclisiastical divisions. They were established in 1894 and took over the non ecclisastical administrative duties for an area from the Church of England. Up until then the affairs of parishes were looked after by what were called Vestry meetings and were dominated by the local squire, the parson and one or two notable local ratepayers. Meetings were only open to those deemed suitable, but the desire for more democracy and to break the power of the church over non-conformists and non-believers led to the creation of the type of elected council we see today.

Mavesyn Ridware has seven parish councillors with elections held every four years.

The electoral roll is updated annually and all registered adults over the age of 18 are entitled to vote in Parish, District, County and national elections. Parish Council elections are unique in that you have as many votes as there are council seats, so in our village you can vote for up to seven different candidates!

It is a generally held view that national party politics have no place at all in parish council activities.

Mavesyn Ridware Parish Council

The council is solely concerned with local people, local issues and ensuring that the interests of the village as a whole are represented to the District and County councils.

Mavesyn Ridware Parish Council meets at 7.30pm on the third Thursday of each month at the Village Hall. Reports of the proceedings will appear on the Parish Council Meetings page. You have the right in law to attend meetings and ask questions.


The parish council is informed of, and comments on all planning applications relevant to the parish. But the final decision is taken by the planning committee of the District Council in Lichfield. The latest planning applications are at the right hand side of these pages. Click on each on for more details and to leave a comment.

Powers of Parish Councils

The 1965 Royal Commission on Local Government (The Redcliffe-Maude Commission) recommended that local councils should be empowered to do what they pleased for the benefit of their people, and a consequence of this was the important 1972 Local Government Act which removed many of the restrictions on the activities of parish councils. For example, before the 1972 Act, parish councils could not save money from one year to the next in order to fund a major project. This is something all councils have to do these days to avoid having a massive council tax for each year that anything new is attempted

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