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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
What is a Parish or Town Council?
'Parish and town councils are the foundation of local government. They are the level of
government closest to the people and have a vital role to play in improving local quality of life.
They can influence decisions that affect local people, help bring life to local communities and
offer a way of making sure services meet the needs of residents'.

                                                                            Parish and Town Council Charter in November 2008

Parish councils were formed in 1894 and are the smallest area of civil administration in England.
They are the level of local government closest to the people. Councillors serve for a maximum
period of four years.

Parish & Town Councils role in the community?
Parish councils have a wide range of duties and powers. A council may resolve to call itself a town
council if it so wishes. Councils must be given the power by law before they can act. They are led
by the chairman and advised by the clerk. Meetings are open to the public. Time is allowed for
residents to give their views and ask questions. Meetings are held mostly in the evening. A good
council listens to its electors and represents their views. It also works in partnership with other
authorities and various organisations to bring benefit to the parish/town. Councillors must sign a
declaration of acceptance of office upon election and must agree to the Code of Conduct before
they may act as a councillor. Money for projects is raised from local taxation (precept) and from
grants. That money is spent wholly within the parish/town and will add value to the services
provided by the principal authorities.

Links -  www.nalc.gov.uk/...parish...town_council/What_is_a_council.aspx

Councillors

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.

Meetings

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

PACT meetings (Police And Communities Together) are held at 7.15pm on the night of the Parish Council meetings. They are run by the local Police,

Community Beat Manager P C Dave Kerfoot

PCSO Michelle Mackay.

Members of the public are encouraged to raise Police matters within Catterall ask for advice and follow up crimes in the Village.

Further information can be viewed at

http://www.lancashire.police.uk/neighbourhood/catterall

Planning Applications

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.

 

Parish Assets

The Queen Elizabeth II Playing Field is a well used recreational ground owned and maintained by the Parish Council.  The Field offers a full sized regulation football league pitch, a Multi Use Games Area and Youth Shelter.  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 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 Wyre Councillor 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 here at 2.00pm. on the afternoon of Remembrance Sunday with an invitation to ALL residents.

The Christmas Tree is to be relocated to the Memorial Garden for display 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 Trees and crib 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 Shop, Cock Robin Lane, due to the extensions which have taken place this notice board is to be relocated to the junction of Cock Robin Lane with Stone Cross Gardens.

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

· Waste sites

Wyre Borough Council’s responsibilities include:

· Housing

· Deciding planning applications

· Rubbish collection from premises in the Parish; provision of recycling facilities

· Street cleansing

· Environmental health

· 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

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(C) Catterall Parish Council 2006