Parish and town councils (sometimes called civil parishes) are one of the 3 tiers of local government, along with the county and district, borough or city councils.
There are 204 parish and town councils in Derbyshire.
The chairman of the town council is called the town mayor.
They can cover quite large populations and will often provide a wide variety of services that may include:
Parish councils are typically responsible for:
Parish councils will meet in their local village hall, school or community centre and normally they will have a clerk and other part-time staff.
If a parish has less than 150 electors it has a parish meeting instead of a parish council.
There is a Derbyshire Association of Local Councils and a National Association of Local Councils.
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