The Town Council is a statutory body which sits at the first tier of local government. Its purpose is to work towards improving community wellbeing and providing better services at local level. There are three main functions: representing the local community; delivering services to meet local needs; and striving to improve quality of life and community wellbeing. On other pages in this website you will see how the Council manages its affairs through a range of committees which cover planning issues, finance, and local amenities. It also has links to local charities including the Ashes Playing Field Trust, the Shire Hall Trust, Howden Civic Society, and various other interest groups.
The Council is elected every four years and the present term of office expires in May 2019.
There are 13 members of the Town Council.