Parish or Town Councils are the first level of government in England.
They are independent of other levels of local government, i.e. County Council; however they maintain a close working relationship. The powers of Parishes vary depending on how large and how active they are. Some meet infrequently (but at least four times a year, including one public meeting) and are responsible for very few matters. Other, larger, parishes undertake many duties such as street lighting, managing cemeteries, allotments, commons, village halls, war memorials and markets etc.
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