Parish Council membership must be respected carefully.
A proper election from among the parish membership should put a Council in place each year. If others wish to attend or are invited to be present—
** the seating arrangements should make it clear that they are not voting members
** the record of the meeting should identify them as “observers”
It is too easy for a small group of people who know each other well to become a little relaxed about exactly who has been elected or appointed to make the decisions and carry the responsibility.
This can be a serious problem if conflict arises. But it is easily avoided if there is clarity about exactly who are elected to exercise a vote.