What is a Parish Council?

A Parish Council has formed the 'grass roots' tier of civil government since 1894.  It acts as the voice of its local community, passing parishioners' opinions and views on to higher levels of government and other bodies.  Its powers are defined and granted by acts of Parliament.

A Parish Council’s expenditure must be made in accordance with the acts of Parliament.  Its accounts must be made public to parishioners and they are strictly audited by government appointed auditors.  A Parish Council may be concerned with ‘parochial charities’ – charities ‘the benefits of which are confined to the inhabitants of the parish’.  Parish Councils may spend additional money on other items and initiatives for ‘any purpose which in its opinion is of direct benefit to its area or to the inhabitants.

Parish Councils have limited tax raising powers and have the ‘general powers to make byelaws for the good rule and government of its area’.

The next level of local government above Parish Councils is the district authority or council – in our case this is Aylesbury Vale District Council.  The district council has responsibility for areas such as local planning, education, highways, environmental services and housing.

The next tier of local governance (the last before national government ) is the County Council – in our case this is Buckinghamshire County Council.  County Council’s responsibilities include education, highways and waste disposal.

You can get a better idea of what Hillesden Parish Council is doing for you by regularly watching this site and you are always welcome at the Parish Council Meetings. 


The Members of the Hillesden Parish Council are elected for a 4 year term May 2015 - May 2019, to represent the interests of the whole community.  3 Councillors at a meeting represents a quorum.

The elections have been postponed for a year due to the forming of a new Buckinghamshire Council for 2020.

Parish Council Details

DPI - Peter Leyland - Councillor

DPI - Stephen Price - Councillor

DPI - Michael Ghirelli - Councillor

DPI - Veronica Peat - Chairperson

DPI - Tessa Clarke - Councillor

DPI - Sue Faccenda - Councillor

DPI - Deb Pearce - Chairperson

Register of Members Disclosable Interests

As part of the Localism Act 2011, all Parish Councillors are required to disclose and pecuniary interests.  A copy of the members' interests is lodged with AVDC and is available to inspect by clicking on the link above.


Cllr Charlie ClareBuckinghamshire Cllr Charlie Clair   Email: cclare@buckscc.gov.uk



Cllr John ChilversDistrict Councillor John Chilver  Email: jchilver@aylesburyvaledc.gov.uk


The Council has in post a paid Clerk, Ruth Millard. 

Councillors can be contacted  through the Clerk, alternatively come along to a meeting to find out what they do and how you can have your say in local matters.

If we are not the correct Authority to deal with your query, we will find the right direction to point you in and can represent you if necessary.