The Town Council serves the Bedale community as the first tier of local government. It is an elected body with statutory and discretionary powers and rights to represent and provide service to the community and provide services. The Council is comprised of 10 councillors who serve a term of up to four years. An annual meeting is held in May at which the Mayor and Deputy Mayor are elected by the Council members.
Bedale Town Council supplements local government services provided by Hambleton District Council and the North Yorkshire County Council, and also promotes and represents the town with other national and statutory bodies.
The Council acts as a sounding board for local opinion and has important rights of consultation. County and District Councils are obliged by law to consult the Council on matters affecting the town, particularly planning applications and priorities for local investment.The Council’s powers and duties cover many things that we take for granted in making for comfort and well being in Bedale. These include the provision and maintenance of the burial ground and public monuments, public clocks, litter bins, public toilets, footpaths, roadside verges, playparks and public open spaces including Bedale Park.
These services are funded by earned income (e.g. from car boot sales) and the "precept" - a council-specific tax to improve facilities and services for local people, which is collected along with Council Tax by Hambleton District Council
The Town Council meets monthly. Meetings are usually held at 7.00pm on the second Monday of the month, in the Drawing Room at Bedale Hall. All meetings are open to the public.