Canvey Island - Parish Council


Is there a website for Canvey Parish Council?

Yes, please click on this link which will take you to their website

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Where will the new Parish Council meet?

The venue for the new parish council is a matter that will be determined at their first meeting.

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How do I become a councillor for the new parish?

Most people in the Canvey Island community will be eligible to stand for election. It is not necessary to be a member of a political party, but to stand for election a person must:

and must be either

Further information about standing as a parish councillor may be obtained from Electoral Services at Castle Point Borough Council by phoning 01268 882417 or by e-mailing

A leaflet entitled ’Information for prospective Parish Councillors’ can be downloaded by clicking the picture below.

 PDF Document Click here to download copy of leaflet   

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Who's my councillor for the new Parish Council?

The parish councillors were elected on 3rd May 2007 at elections held on the same day as elections for the councillors for Castle Point Borough Council.  To find out who your councillor is please click here

A leaflet entitled ’Why should I vote?’ can be downloaded by clicking the picture below.

PDF Document Click here to download leaflet    

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If councillors are not being elected until 3rd May, why am I paying for the new Parish Council now?

The amount of the charge includes the set up costs for the new Parish Council. For more information on this please contact the Essex Association of Local Councils on 01371 879722.

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How did you come up with the figure we're supposed to pay?

The budget for the first year was developed by working with the Essex Association of Local Councils which made recommendations based on existing similar sized parish councils. The budget for the new Parish Council is £267,300.00. This includes £100k for initiatives that will directly benefit the community.    

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Why hasn't the amount I pay to Castle Point Borough Council reduced as I'm now paying the new council?

The new Parish Council can provide extra services over and above what is done by Castle Point Borough Council, and is not there to replace existing Council services.

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What happens if I don't pay the extra charge for Canvey

Castle Point Borough Council collects the extra charge on behalf of Canvey Island Parish council. Recovery action will commence as soon as you fall behind on your payments. This may lead to an issue of a summons with additional costs. You cannot legally withhold payment.

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What powers do they have?

They have a wide range of powers which essentially relate to local matters, such as looking after community buildings, open spaces, allotments, play areas, street lighting, bus shelters, car parks and much more.

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What will the new Canvey Island Parish council do?

They are an essential part of the structure of local democracy and have a vital role in acting on behalf of the communities they represent. They:


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Is it possible for the new Canvey Island Parish council to be dissolved?

For further information please contact the Essex Association of Local Councils on 01371 879722.

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Who is responsible for the setting up of the new Canvey Island Parish council?

The Essex Association of Local Councils were instrumental in the creation of the new council. You can speak to them on 01371 879722.

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I wasn't asked whether I wanted a Parish Council, so why am I paying for it?

Over 3,000 people on Canvey Island signed a petition asking the Government to set up a parish of Canvey Island. The Government has approved the creation of a new parish with effect from 1st April 2007 and has directed Castle Point Borough Council to create a Parish Council for Canvey Island.

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What is a Parish Council?

There are over 9,000 parish and town councils in England and they form the tier of local government closest to the people. They are set up under the Local Government Finance Act 1992.

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