The Parish Council is composed of ten elected members of the local community who serve a 4-year fixed term of office. The most recent elections were held in May 2015.
All members belong to at least one of the defined committees. There are three committees, Planning, Environment& Leisure and Highways & Transportation. In addition to these a Communications Working Party.
The aim of the Parish Council is to improve the quality of life for all those who live and work in Claygate, whilst preserving its unique character as a warm, caring and sustainable village community.
Claygate Parish Council was first formed in 2000 and elections were held in May of that year. Brian Rhodes, the founding Chairman, was the initial driving force that brought the council into being, together with other members of the then 'Claygate Village Residents Association'
The Parish Clerk, who is a salaried employee, is totally responsible for ensuring that the instructions of the Parish Council, in connection with its function as a Local Authority, are carried out.
One of the most important areas of the Council's work relates to planning and the Planning Committee meets every 3 weeks. Although it has no power to either grant or refuse planning permission, as these powers reside with Elmbridge Borough Council, it has the right to be consulted on all planning applications in the Village and to have its comments taken into account. If it proposes refusal of an application, that application will be automatically referred to the Elmbridge East Area Planning Committee.
The Parish Council took over maintenance of the 'Old Village Green' in 2001 and the 'Meadow Road Island' in 2009 both of which are now looked after by the Environment & Leisure Committee of the Council, along with other Highway Garden sites in the Village.
The Parish Council contributes funding for the Christmas trees and associated decorations for The Parade and ‘Old Village Green’ and pays for the provision and maintenance of the Summer hanging baskets and panniers