Windlesham Parish Council was one of the first to be established under the Local Government Act of 1894 that took local government administration out of the hands of the church which was finding it increasingly burdensome to manage.
Windlesham Parish Council is one of the country’s largest parish councils with a population of over 17,000 residents in its three villages - Bagshot, Lightwater and Windlesham. It covers about a fifth of the Borough of Surrey Heath in terms of both population and land area.
There are 18 elected Parish Councillors, 6 for each village, some of whom are also Borough Councillors. The Parish Council Offices in Lightwater are open most days where the Council’s team of experienced administrative staff are available to help residents.
Council meetings are held in the Chamber at 7.30pm on the last Tuesday of each month (except August and December) and are open to the public. The general public are able to ask questions before the start of the meeting at "Public Question Time". Residents can also contact Councillors at any time in person, by telephone or email.
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Each year Windlesham Parish Council produces a budget. The financial year extends from 1st April until 31st March. During the year the income and expenditure are closely monitored within the guidelines set out in the Parish Council Financial Regulations.
The Council appoints an Internal Auditor, totally independent of the Council, to audit the accounts on an annual basis. An External Auditor is appointed by the Audit Commission to complete the Annual Return under the Audit Commission Act 1998 and the Accounts and Audit (England) Regulations 2011.
The annual accounts for 2015/16 have been approved by Council (C/16/63) and the unaudited Annual Return submitted to the External Auditor. A copy of the unaudited Annual Return is available to view here
The Council has now received its Notice of Conclusion of Audit from the External Auditor. Please see here for the notice and Audited Annual Return.