Welcome to the Hawthorn Parish Council Web-Site
The site is provided to give residents & visitors information about Hawthorn and also the activities & events supported by the Parish Council.
What's happening can be seen here
Nominations for the Norman Hughes Award now open - details here
Christmas Celebrations here
Successful grant application
New Parish Councillor
Sheila Wilson has now been coopted onto the Parish Council.
RESULTS! Further details here
Vacancy on the Parish Council
Carolyn Winter has now been coopted onto the Parish Council. Details are here
Ken Rowe has been awarded the first Norman Hughes in respect of his significant contribution to our local community. Details here
What is a Parish Council?
Parish or Town Councils are an important tier of Government within the UK; a Parish/Town Council is the smallest and most localised tier of local government in the UK and is a properly constituted local authority.
The powers and duties, and the manner in which a Parish Council operates are laid out in local government statute and regulations; Parish Councils operate at a level below national government and also below district and borough councils. Parish & Town Councils are elected and can help on a number of local issues, like planning applications or running local sports grounds and community halls.
The Parish Council has legal responsibilities as an employer, and sometimes as an owner of public land and buildings.
Parish Councils are Statutory Bodies, having powers under a number of different Acts (the Local Government Act 1972, the Public Health Act 1936, etc.). Only a few Councils need to use all their available powers. It is up to each Council to choose what is appropriate for the community they serve.
The Council raises funds by the annual Precept is set in January of each year. The amount required is guided by the setting of the annual budget in the November preceding.
The Parish Council precept is added to the Council Tax bill and collected by Durham County Council (on behalf of the Parish Council).
The Council also raises funds through grants from other organisations.
Hawthorn Parish Council has seven members. The Parish Council exists to help residents [sometimes called parishioners] and to be a point of contact for ideas and suggestions for improvements in the village. We have one employee, the Clerk, who manages all financial and administrative aspects in connection to council business.
The Council owns some open spaces and a playground.
The work of the members of the Council is voluntary, and the members [Councillors] give their time freely to help enhance the village and support the village’s other organisations, for the benefit of all residents. Please support them by providing your feedback, questions and ideas.
We will endeavour to keep the information provided on our own site accurate and up to date. If you spot any errors or omissions please contact us by email so that we can investigate and correct.
The information contained in this website is for general information purposes only. The information is provided by the Parish Council and while we endeavour to keep the information up to date and correct, we make no representations or warranties of any kind, express or implied, about the completeness, accuracy, reliability, suitability or availability with respect to the website or the information, products, services, or related graphics contained on the website for any purpose. Any reliance you place on such information is therefore strictly at your own risk.