South Darley parish is largely rural and covers Darley Bridge, Oker, Snitterton and Wensley. Much of the parish is in the Peak District National Park.
The Parish Council is the most local form of government and lies within the Derbyshire Dales district (www.derbyshiredales.gov.uk/your-council).
South Darley Parish Council seeks to work on behalf of the various communities of the parish to protect and improve the social, environmental and recreational well-being of the area.
We aim to:
- provide effective and accountable local government for the parish.
- listen to and engage with local residents and provide a voice for the parish.
- foster a sense of community in the parish.
- engage positively in the protection and improvement of both the built and natural environment.
See our Community Engagement page.
Provide effective and accountable local government for the parish:
- seek to be reflective of the community as a whole and represent all areas of the parish.
- engage in transparent processes for the election of councillors and the appointment of clerk.
- hold monthly meetings with widely published agendas and minutes.
- set an appropriate parish charge.
- seek opportunities for raising income through grants and sponsorship.
- agree and manage a budget in transparent and accountable way.
- set annual priorities in line with public consultation, agreed aims and budget constraints.
Listen to and engage with local residents and provide a voice for the parish
- convene an annual parish meeting.
- be attentive to differing needs and expectations through two-way conversation.
- consider and communicate parish priorities.
- be advocates for the parish in other levels of local government.
- inform and signpost residents regarding key information.
- maintain a parish council website as a single source of relevant and useful information.
Foster a sense of community in the parish
- hold an annual event to provide an opportunity for residents to come together.
- encourage and support local initiatives to provide community facilities and hold community-focussed events.
- liaise with and work with local businesses, organisations and neighbouring parishes for the benefit of the parish and the wider area.
Engage positively in the protection and improvement of both the built and natural environment:
- represent local views in relation to planning proposals and future developments.
- monitor and liaise with relevant authorities in relation to environmental issues, such as flooding, traffic and public transport.
- encourage and provide facilities for the appreciation of the natural environment, such as allotments, a community plantation and footpath maintenance.