The Parish Council is the lowest tier of local government – and represents the village of Lympne. It was nothing to do with the church, despite its name. The council has little power but a reasonable amount of influence. A prime example of this is planning applications. The planning authority is Shepway District Council, but they give details of every planning application within the parish to the Parish Council for review and will take into account the councillors’ comments when coming to a decision.
Similarly the Kent County Council is the highway authority, but it consults the parish when it’s considering any road scheme, for example the placing of double yellow lines, or the implementation of a cycle path.
The parish council is directly responsible for the following: certain recreation facilities (although most of those, including the Village Hall and Playing Fields are devolved by it to the Lympne Village Hall Committee), the Village Green and the war memorial.