|The function of the Parish Council
The Parish Council is the lowest tier of local government, being the closest to the residents, it is responsible for running village halls, some street lighting and open spaces within the parish of East Malling and Larkfield.
It should not be confused with a church council which is the Parochial Church Council.
The council consist of 17 councillors, 11 from Larkfield, 6 from East Malling, elected by the residents, who serve a four year term on a voluntary basis. It gives the ordinary residents the opportunity to have a say in local issues.
The main council meet monthly usually on the first Wednesday of the month. There are also committee meetings. Meetings take place at Church Farm, New Hythe Lane and are open to the public.
The Council also:
* Comments to the Borough Council on planning applications
* Makes representations on matters affecting the parish to the Borough and County Councils
* Provides very local facilities such as public seats, maintains the local church yards and some street lights mainly in East Malling
The Council was formed in 1896 as East Malling Parish Council. Its name was changed in 1962 to the present East Malling and Larkfield Parish Council.
Public representatives of
tiers of government
MEP Mr Peter Skinner. Labour party
Elected 1994 office Brussels & Dartford
UK Government / Central Government
Tracey Crouch Conservative party
House of Commons
Kent County Council
Mrs Trudy Dean Liberal Democrat
Tonbridge & Malling Borough Council
East Malling Ward
Cllr. Liz A. Simpson
Cllr. Christine J. Woodger
Larkfield South Ward
Cllr. Tim Bishop
Cllr. Anita S Oakley
Larkfield North Ward
Cllr. Russ Taylor
East Malling & Larkfield Parish Council
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