Parish Council
Parish Council

Great & Little Kimble cum Marsh Parish is set in the beautiful Vale of Aylesbury at the foot of The Chiltern Hills in Buckinghamshire.

Each and everyone of our 7 councillors welcome you to our rural parish. We are situated on the northern edge of the Wycombe District, with rich lower farm land to the North rising into part of the magnificent Chiltern Hills to the South.

The 394 homes are well spread across 1,212 hectares. The main settlements are Smoky Row, Clanking, Marsh, Kimblewick, Little Kimble and Great Kimble.

The southern part of the parish is within the Chilterns Area Of Outstanding Natural Beauty and The Green Belt – an area representing nearly 25% of the parish. The rest is most attractive too, and we strive to keep it that way.

The National Trust owns the land around Pulpit Hill. There is a network of public footpaths and bridleways from which to explore the varied countryside within the parish.

The population is growing, with many young families now taking the numbers to just over 1,000 (988 in the 2001 Census).

We are home to Red Kites and a wide variety of wildlife and flora, including rare Black Poplar trees.

We have 2 thriving and very successful schools, Great Kimble Church of England School and Griffin House School, both of which have waiting lists. We have 2 public houses, The Swan and The Prince of Wales all worth a visit. We are also home to 3 churches, St Nicholas, All Saints and The Free Church.

The Parish Council is charged with looking after the best interests of the whole community and is made up of seven unpaid volunteers guided by our Clerk, Julie Bunker.

We are committed to preserving the heritage and beauty of the area that we are all privileged to live in, whilst also preparing it for the future. We meet nearly every month in the The Kimble Stewart Village Hall to discuss our work, and we would welcome your input.

Powers and Duties of the Parish Council



Powers to provide allotments
Duty to provide allotment gardens if demand unsatisfied

Small Holdings Act 1908
ss23,26 & 42


Power to make records held available to the public and to support local archives

Local Government Records Act 1962
ss1 & 4

Baths and

Power to provide public baths and washhouses

Public Health Act 1936
ss221, 222, 223 & 227

Burial Grounds, Cemeteries and Crematoria

Power to acquire and maintain

Open Spaces Act 1906 ss9 & 10
Local Government Act 1972 s214

Power to provide
Power to agree to maintain monuments and memorials

Parish Councils and Burial Authorities (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1970 s1

Power to contribute towards expenses of cemeteries

Local Government Act 1972 s214 (6)

Bus Shelters

Power to provide and maintain shelters

Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1953 s4

Bye Laws

Powers to make Bye Laws in regards to pleasure grounds

Public Health Act 1875 s164

Cycle Parks

Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 s57

Baths and Washhouses

Public Health Act 1936 s223

Open Spaces and Burial Grounds

Open Spaces Act 1906 ss12 & 15

Mortuaries and Post-Mortem Rooms

Public Health Act 1936 c198

Car Sharing Schemes

Power to establish, maintain and assist others

Local Government and Rating Act 1997 s26


Duty to receive accounts of parochial charities

Charities Act 1960 s32


Power to provide public clocks

Parish Councils Act 1957 s2

Closed Churchyards

Powers as to maintenance

Local Government Act 1972 s215

Commons and Common Pastures

Powers in relation to inclosure, as to regulation and management, and as to providing common pasture

Inclosure Act 1845;
Local Government Act 1894 s8(4);
Smallholdings & Allotmentst Act 1908 s34;
Commons Act 1899

Conference Facilities

Power to provide and encourage the use of facilities

Local Government Act 1972 s144

Community Centres

Power to provide and equip buildings for use of clubs having athletic, social or educational objectives

Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1976 s19

Crime Prevention

Powers to spend money on various crime prevention measures

Local Government and Rating Act 1997 s31

Delegated Functions

Power to assume a function delegated by another authority

Local Government Act 1972
ss101, 111 & 112

Power to ensure effective discharge of Council functions


Power to employ persons to carry out Council functions


Power to deal with ponds/ditches, agreements with landowners and with English Nature to manage Council-owned reserve land as a nature reserve

Public Health Act 1936 s260

Legal Proceedings

Power to prosecute or defend

Local Government Act 1972 s222

Listed Buildings

Power to contribute to the preservation of historic buildings

Essex Act 1987 s48


Provision of receptacles

Litter Act 1983 ss5.6


Power to promote

Lotteries & Amusements Act 1976 s7


Power to deal with offensive ditches

Public Health Act 1936 s260

Open Spaces

Power to acquire land and maintain

Public Health Act 1975 s164; Open Spaces Act 1906 ss9 & 10; Commons Act 1899

Parish Property and Records

Powers to direct as to their custody

Local Government Act 1972 s226


Right to be notified of and power to respond to planning applications

Town & Country Planning Act 1990 s1 ss8;
Local Government Act 1972 s15 ss20

Postal and telecommunications facilities

Power to pay the Post Office, British Telecommunications or any other public telecommunications operator any loss sustained in providing post or telegraph office or telecommunications facilities

Post Office Cat 1953 s51;
Telecommunications Act 1984 s97

Public Buildings and Village Halls

Power to provide

Public Health Act 1936 s87

Public Conveniences

Power to provide


Public Enquiries

Power to make representations at public enquiries

Local Government Act 1982 s222

Publicise Functions

Powers to publicise council and local authority functions

Local Government Act 1982 s142

Raising of Finances

Power to raise money through the precept

Local Government Act 1982 s150


Power to acquire land for or to provide receation grounds, public walks, pleasure grounds and open spaces and to manage and control them

Public Health Act 1875 s164; Local Government Act 1972 s14 ss27; Public Health Acts Ammendents Acts 1890 s44; Open Spaces Act 1906 ss9 & 10; Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1976 s19; Commons Act 1899

Power to provide gymnasiums, playing fields and holiday camps


Provision of boating pools

Public Health Act 1961 s54

Taxi Fare Concessions

Power to reimburse operator

Local Government and Rating Act 1997 s28


Power to contribute to organisations encouraging

Local Government Act 1972 s144

Transport and Traffic

Power to conduct surveys to establish the transport needs of the community, the use of and need for roads and the management and control of traffic

Local Government and Rating Act 1997 s29

Power to collect and disseminate passenger transport information and make grants for bus services

Local Government and Rating Act 1997
s29 (2) 27

Powers to contribute financially to traffic calming schemes

Local Government and Rating Act 1997 s26


Powers to train Councillors

Local Government Act 1972 s175


Powers to spend money on community transport schemes

Local Government and Rating Act 1997 ss26-29

War Memorials

Power to maintain, repair and adapt war memorials

War Memorials (Local Authorities Powers) Act 1923 s1; as extended by Local Government Act 1948 s123

Water Supply

Powers to utilise well, spring or stream and to provide facilities for obtaining water there from

Public Health Act 1936 s125