The Parish Council is the teir of government closest to the people. Stowe Parish Council was created by the Local Government Act 1894. In 2000 the Parish Council split and Stowe by Chartley Parish Council and Hixon Parish Council came into being.Originally with 5 parish councillors the council now has 7. Councillors stand for election every 4 years. Any vacancies are filled by cooption. Councillors are not paid. The Council is administered by its ‘proper officer’ the clerk who is a paid employee of the Council.The Council usually holds its meetingson the first Tuesday of the month in Stowe by Chartley Village Hall. The agenda for each meeting is displayed on this site and on Parish notice boards on the Wednesday before the meeting. The minutes of meetings are also displayed on this web site. There is an annual meeting in May when the Chairman of the Council is elected and the Chairman calls a meeting of residents of the Parish at least once a year, usually in May.The rules for Council meetings are laid out in Standing OrdersThe public can attend Council meetings but can only speak if invited to by the Chairman or during the part set aside for public participation which is about an hour into the meeting. Although the powers of parish councils have been expanded in recent years they can only do something if there is legislation to allow them to do so. There is a strict auditing regime which requires the Council to give certain assurances in an Annual Returnand this is submitted to an external auditor along with an independant internal auditor’s report. The internal auditor looks at the Council’sFinancial Regulations and policies in producing the report.The Council also has to declare the value of its assets.These assets include the play area and its equipment as well as street furniture and office equipment.The Council also provides its year end accountstogether with a bank reconcilliationand an explanation of variances from the previous years accounts.