The Role of Catterall Parish Council
There are three tiers of local government with areas of responsibility in Catterall –
Lancashire County Council,
Wyre Borough Council and
Catterall Parish Council.
The Role of Parish and Town Councils
Ten local people serve as Councillors on the Parish Council. They are all volunteers and receive no pay for the work they do on behalf of the Parish. Elections to serve as a Parish Councillor are held every four years, unless there is a resignation when the casual vacancy is advertised on the notice boards and the Parish Newsletter.
There are full meetings of the Parish Council every month throughout the year, which take place at Catterall Village Hall, Garstang Road, Catterall. Meetings are held on the first Tuesday commencing at 7.30pm. All meetings of the Council are open to the public and there is a period just after the start of each meeting put aside for questions from the public and for the receipt of petitions.
An important part of the role of the Parish Council is to represent the views of the Parish in response to various public consultations.
PACT meetings (Police And Communities Together) are held at 7.00pm on the night of the Parish Council meetings. They are run by the local Police,
Community Beat Manager P C Simon Jones,
PCSO Geoff Mole.
Members of the public are encouraged to raise Police matters within Catterall ask for advice and follow up crimes in the Village.
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During the Parish Council meeting the Councillors look at planning applications received by the Planning Authority, Wyre Borough Council and pass their comments. The Parish Council always tries to represent the views put forward by local people in this regard, although sometimes this can prove difficult when an application is controversial and has both vocal support and opposition amongst local residents. Nevertheless, members of the Council take a vigilant approach in representing the local viewpoint, and encourage objectors/supporters of planning applications to attend meetings and put forward their views.
Current planning applications and previous ones for the last three years can be viewed at the Parish Office in Catterall Village Hall during the Residents Surgeries held on Monday mornings and Wednesday afternoons.
Catterall Playing Field is a well used recreational ground owned and maintained by the Parish Council. The Field offers two football pitches, a Multi Use Games Area, Youth Shelter and skateramp. Catterall Village Hall is also situated on the Field together with a large car park, giving vehicular access to the facilities. The Play Area is provided and maintained by Wyre Borough Council.
The Parish's Memorial Garden situated at the junction of Cock Robin Lane and Garstang Road is looked after by the Parish Council. It was part of a number of donations by Cllr. David Sharples when he was Mayor of Wyre. The Parish Council also work in partnership with St Helen’s Parish Church to organise the annual service of remembrance, held at 2.00pm. in November.
The Christmas Tree at the side of the Memorial Garden is erected each year by the Parish Council. The lighting up ceremony is held on Advent Sunday at 5.00pm when carols are sung by pupils from Kirkland and Catterall St. Helen's Primary School. This is followed by a walk to light the Christmas Tree in Churchtown.
The public seats in the Parish are owned and maintained by the Parish Council. These are situated:
4 x Catterall Playing Field
1 x A6 to the North of Catterall Lane
1 x A6 to the North of Cock Robin Lane
There are 2 Parish Council noticeboards around the Parish which are used for the display of Parish Council agendas for the next meeting, planning applications and a list of Parish Councillors.
These are situated at:
1 x Catterall Post Office, Cock Robin Lane
1 x Catterall Village Hall
The Parish Council are represented on the following outside bodies:
Catterall Village Hall
Catterall Gala Committee
Kirkland And Catterall Memorial Hall
Lancaster Canal Trust
Wyre Area Road Safety Committee
Wyre Area Lancashire Association of Local Councils
Lancashire County Council’s responsibilities include:
·Highways, including roads, footpaths, pavements, alleyways, street lighting, the cutting of grass verges, etc
·Education - schools, adult education, etc.
·Social services, including the provision of care homes, etc
Wyre Borough Council’s responsibilities include:
·Deciding planning applications
·Rubbish collection from premises in the Parish; provision of recycling facilities
·Provision of leisure and sports facilities and recreation grounds
·Collection of Council Tax on behalf of all three tiers of local government
·Licensing of taxis
(C) Catterall Parish Council 2006