1. Parish Charter

The aim of the Parish Charter is to create a framework of understanding about how the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead and the Parish Councils, Town Councils and Parish Meetings in its area will work together, and with others, to deliver improvements to the economic, social and environmental well-being of the area.

  1. This Charter has been agreed between the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead (the Royal Borough) and Parish Council (the Parish) as a guide to the process of consultation and liaison between the two authorities.
  2. The Royal Borough has recognised the need for effective consultation in its Community Consultation Strategy 2007-2010 adopted on 13 December 2007 which clearly states that consultation will be a 'first thought'.
  3. This Charter is intended to provide the basis for effective consultation and liaison, to assist the Royal Borough and the Parish to maintain good working relationships and to develop an effective partnership to the benefit of all residents. It is intended to assist the Parish in helping to ensure the effective delivery of Royal Borough services in the Parish through monitoring of service delivery.
  4. All levels of government are dedicated to the wellbeing of the population, although each has different powers, duties and responsibilities. The duty of Parish or Town Councils is to their parishioners, not only in the services which they provide, but also in ensuring that local views are taken into account by the Royal Borough. At times this will support the activities of the Royal Borough and at other times, it may oppose them.
  5. The status of this Charter is that of a good practice guide, which sets out the wishes of the parties to foster good working relationships. It is not a legally binding agreement which can be enforced by one party against the other.