- 1775-1999 (Creation)
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Parish councils were formed under the Local Government Act 1894. They took over the civic and social welfare duties of existing groups hitherto based around ecclesiastical parishes (notably the overseers of the poor). Records of parish charities managing commons under distribution of land as a consequence of the Enclosure Acts can often be found in parish council records.
They are elected bodies, usually on a four year cycle. The number of councilors varies according to the population of the parish.
Parish Councils tend to be responsible for the provision of such facilities as village halls, recreation grounds and children's play areas. They have a legal right to be consulted and to comment on all planning applications in their areas.
Beetley and East Bilney had there own Parish Council from 1894 (under the Local Government Act, 1894). In 1935 the two Councils were combined and at the first meeting of the new Council, held on 11 December 1935, it was decided that Beetley should have five representatives and East Bilney two. The Council was known initially as Beetley-cum-Bilney but later was known as Beetley.
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Received by the Norfolk Record Office on 16 September 1965 (numbered PC 1-2) and 10 January 2008 (ACC 2007/317 numbered PC 5/3-48). Catalogue ammended 17 December 2008 (EK).
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Created 06/11/2001 by droip. Modified 09/08/2018 by Droip.