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THE ROLE Of THE PARISH COUNCIL

The basic arrangement of Parish Councils is governed generally by the Local Government Act 1974. Along with this and a variety of Acts and Regulations, councils have various powers (rights to undertake functions) and duties (requirements to undertake functions). A list (prepared by the National Association of local Councils) can be viewed here. A Parish Council is an elected tier of local Government with a legal existence of its own. It comprises a body of elected members that are empowered to make decisions on behalf of their parishioners. It is the level of government closest to the community. The Parish Council powers are limited but it is able to act on behalf of its electorate with the upper tiers of local government.

THE STRUCTURE Of LOCAL GOVERNMENT IS:

  1. County Council (Lancashire County Council).
  2. Borough or Town Council (Fylde Borough Council).
  3. Parish Council (Little Eccleston with Larbreck Parish Council).

Parish Councils have a wide range of duties which essentially relate to local matters:

Parish Councils have limited powers to make decisions. They do, however, have the ability to negotiate with, and the power to influence, organisations that make the final decisions. These organisations that make the final decisions are aware that a Parish Council offers the best reflection of how a community feels and, therefore, its views will be given due consideration.

PARISH PRECEPT (TAX)

Parish Councils have the power to Precept their residents to support their operations and duties. The Precept is normally set and approved by the Councillors, against an agreed budget for the forthcoming year. The Precept demand goes to the billing authority (generally the Borough or Town Council) and is collected by the Authority as part of the Council Tax and then paid to the Parish Council.

COUNCILLORS

Councillors are elected by the electorate of the parish - elections being held every fourth year. Or if there is a retirement/resignation the Parish Council can co-opt a Councillor to fill a vacancy.

To stood for election on a Parish Council, you must be at least 18 years old and:

To be eligible to stand for an election for a particular parish, you must:

It should also be noted that all parish councillors are required to sign the Code of Conduct. It is not a requirement to be affiliated to a political party.

MEETINGS

Parish Councils usually meet once a month.

The Parish Council must hold a minimum of 4 meetings one of which must be the Annual Meeting of the Council - parishioners are invited to attend all meetings.

All meetings are advertised on the council notice board and website (click here to see list of meetings, minutes and agendas).