Who Makes Up The Parish Council?

Meriden Parish Council consists of 8 Parish Councillors who represent the civic parish of Meriden. Councillors are elected and hold their seats for a four-year term.

Meriden's Village Green

What Does The Council Do?

Meriden Parish Council liaises with Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council (SMBC), our Police Community Support Officer (PCSO), local Quarries, and HS2, to maintain and improve the village of Meriden & of Millison’s Wood.

The services currently undertaken here at Meriden Parish Council include, but are not limited to:
• Provision of Allotments at Ley’s Lane
• Maintenance of The Village Green and planters around the parish.
• Use, care and maintenance of five notice boards
• Space in quarterly editions of The Meriden Mag
• Care and maintenance of defibrillators
• Provision and maintenance of parish council website
• Liaison with community service officers
• Provision of grant funding where relevant to the parish
• Comment on notified planning applications and local development
• Provision of bench seating at various sites, wooden bus shelters and dog bins
• Annual Christmas lights
• Support for the village businesses and community groups

Meriden Parish Council proudly contributes to the community with Warm Hub – a space for a chat and cup of tea, First Aid/Defibrillator training, and the fabulous Picnic In The Park event every summer.

What Powers Does The Council Have?

The Council is a corporate body, a legal entity separate from its members. Its decisions are the responsibility of the whole Council. The Council has been granted powers by Parliament including the important authority to raise money through taxation (the precept) and a range of powers to spend public money.

Who Pays For The Council?

The Council is empowered to incur expenditure in the execution of its statutory powers. The majority of its funds are obtained in the form of a ‘precept’; an amount set by the Parish Council and collected by the billing authority Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council from the parish council tax payers as part of the annual council tax bill.

Meriden Parish Council also raises funding from bid writing to the local business community. For example, local businesses have in the past contributed to the funding of Christmas lights in the village, to the Party in the Park event and the upkeeping of Planters throughout the village.