Melbourne Parish Council

Aims and Objectives of the Parish Council



  • To provide effective, efficient and accountable local government for the parish, enabling residents to be involved in the life of the community and its future development.
  • To be a strong voice for residents and local businesses, working to improve the overall village area both built and natural, while preserving the uniqueness of heritage areas.



  • To understand and communicate the views, needs and aspirations of residents and businesses to statutory and non-governmental bodies as required.
  • Increase public involvement in the community through ensuring the parish council and its activities are open, transparent and accountable to residents.
  • Support local business and economic activity in the village.
  • Work with the local council to provide safe, healthy and timely opportunities for recreation, leisure and education.
  • To support the work of village voluntary organizations through grants and practical support.
  • Respond to planning applications and other statutory consultations on time, ensuring that recommendations made to the local council adhere to the village plan, any statutory regulations, and the interests of the community.
  • Ensure that councillors and the clerk have access to high quality training and development opportunities and that they meet all required standards, for example working towards achieving Parish “General Power of Competence” status