Parish and Town Councils are the first tier of local government and are the closest to the community they serve. They play an important role in maintaining and improving local services and facilities, supporting local voluntary organisations and activities and influencing and lobbying on local development.
Funds needed to support their activities are raised by adding an extra cost known as a precept to each householder’s council tax bill.
Local Councils are represented nationally by a National Association of Local Councils which has a network of county branches. The Yorkshire Local Councils Association is the local branch for Parish and Town Councils in Leeds.
Parish and Town Councils in the Leeds area
There are 32 Parish and Town Councils in Leeds. You can view the full list of Parish and Town Councils on our website. There are further details available about each Parish and Town Council including its membership, the name and contact details of the Parish Clerk, and a link to their website (if they have one).
We also publish the register of interests for each Parish and Town Council in Leeds. You can view the register entry for each Parish or Town Councillor by clicking on their name.
Parish and Town Council Charter
Leeds City Council and the Parish and Town Councils in the Leeds area share the common belief that working closely together plays a vital contribution to the well being of the communities they serve. We have agreed a Charter which sets our how we will work together for the benefit of local people. You can download a copy of this Charter below.
You can also download maps showing the Parish and Town Council areas, and how these overlap with the Leeds City Council electoral wards.
Through the pages below you can access information about vacancies, the Parish and Town Council Annual Forum and other seminars.
There is currently a vacancy for a Parish Clerk to Rawdon Parish Council. The job advertisement can be found from the download section below.
Community Infrastructure Levy
The Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) is a new levy which the Council will charge on developers or landowners when they build new developments. The money raised will help to pay for the infrastructure needed across Leeds as a result of growth such as schools, greenspace, flood defences, and transport improvements.
The first stage of public consultation is called the CIL Preliminary Draft Charging Schedule. This is your first formal opportunity to comment on the CIL charges. The period of consultation starts on Wednesday 27th March to Wednesday 15th May.
There are three main consultation events. These are on a drop-in basis so attendees can come at any point during the course of the event with the opportunity to ask questions. They are targeted at different groups, but all are welcome to attend any event. The event specifically for Parish and Town Councils, community groups and residents will be held on Friday 12th April, 4.00pm-7.00pm, Civic Hall, Leeds.
For further information on the CIL, please see the related page below.