About Your Parish /Town Council

 

The role of your Parish / Town Council is to work towards improving the well-being of its community and providing services at the most local level.

 

There are around 9,000 parish and town councils representing around 16 million people across England, they all work to;

 

  • Represent their local community
  • Deliver services
  • Strive to improve quality of life

 

A Parish / Town Council may provide services such as;

 

  • Allotments
  • Leisure facilities, parks and open spaces
  • Bus shelters
  • Litter bins
  • Hanging Baskets
  • Car Parks
  • Christmas lighting
  • Street Lighting
  • Crime reduction
  • Toilets

 

They make decisions by;

 

Councillors attending meetings to make decisions on the works and direction of the Council, this means deciding where money should be spent, what services should be delivered and what policies should be implemented.  They are the voice of the people, representing the view of the people on bodies that affect the wider community such as the Police and Shropshire Council. 

 

How do things get paid for?

 

Each year a sum of money called the ‘precept’ is collected through your council tax.  This money is the only tax that is guaranteed to be spent in your area to improve facilities and provide services.

 

 

 

How do Local Councillors get elected?

 

Local councillors represent an area or ward and are elected by people voting for them. Local elections in Shropshire are normally held on a 4 year cycle and the next elections are due in  May 2013.  To get your vote you need to be registered on the electoral register which is kept at Shropshire Council or visit www.aboutmyvote.co.uk, you need to be 18 years or older and a  British citizen.

 

Councillors are responsible to the people they represent, in other words, the local community, so if you feel you can contribute to the work of your Parish / Town Council, why don’t you stand and see if you can make a difference ?

 

For more information contact Karen Roper at the Shropshire Association of Local Councils on 01743 252744 alc@shropshire.gov.uk.