How is the Parish Council funded ?

Parish Councils are generally the least bureaucratic and cheapest form of local authority.  A Parish Council gets no general government grant and so raises the majority of income from a precept i.e. a tax that electors pay collected by Maidstone Borough Council. 

How is the Parish Council involved in the planning application process ?

Planning Procedures   The Parish Council has a statutory duty to be consulted on all planning applications that are submitted for the Parish of Barming.   Residents of the parish have the right to attend any of the full parish meetings but cannot participate in any of the proceedings. However, at the chairman's discretion, there is time allocated for […]

How often does the Parish Council meet and what happens at the meeting ?

The Parish Council usually meets on the second Wednesday every month, see Calendar for future meeting dates. Meetings are held in the Parish Hall at Tonbridge Road and these usually commence at 7.30 p.m.   A notice of each meeting is placed on the notice board and on the website in the week prior to the meeting so that […]

What can I do about noise nuisance?

Maidstone Borough Council can assist with problems of noise pollution.   Below is a summary of the Council’s Noise Information Policy which is a guide about how complaints of noise are dealt with.  Further information can be obtained by telephoning the Environmental Enforcement Team on 01622 602202.   Stage 1 When a complaint is received a letter is […]

What do I do if I have a complaint about the Council ?

The Parish Council is a democratically elected body with authority to make decisions on matters within its power.  It works hard to provide a quality service to the people of Barming and to ensure decisions taken are in the interests of the Parish as a whole. There may be occasions when it is very difficult to […]

What is a Parish Council ?

A Parish Council is a small local authority representing the tier of local authority closest to the community.  Barming Parish Council has 9 Members who are elected to serve a term of four years. They try to ensure that the views of the community are expressed and taken into account by other authorities, agencies and […]

What is the Parish Council’s attitude towards openness and how can I obtain information from the Council ?

Barming Parish Council is open about its business and invites members of the public to witness the decision making process by attending Parish Council meetings.  In addition, in accordance with legislation, the Parish Council recognises the Freedom of Information Act 2000 which sets out the information published by the Parish Council to which the public […]