Parish Councillors give freely of many hours of their time to try and improve the Parish for its residents within their statutory powers. They receive no remuneration apart from the reimbursement of expenses incurred in the course of carrying out Parish Council duties should they choose to reclaim them which they rarely do. The Parish Council is a consultee the same as the parishioners when it comes to considering planning applications submitted to it by the planning authority. It can object or support an application as it sees fit once it has fully considered a planning application at a convened public meeting of the Parish Council. It cannot approve or refuse an application only the planning authority can do that. Once the Parish Council has agreed its response to a planning application it feeds back its comments to the appropriate planning authority be it County Council or District Council for their consideration. The Parish Council has no power to overturn the decision of the planning authority.