WHAT IS A TOWN COUNCIL?
Parishes have been around for a long time and are the smallest areas of civil administration in England, providing the statutory tier of local government closest to the people, together with the Borough/District Councils and Lancashire County Council.
Town and Parish Councils have a wide range of duties and powers such as the maintenance of community buildings and land; provision of play areas; maintenance of village greens and rights of way. The power to provide allotments.
Town and Parish Councils are the essence of local democracy and have a vital role in speaking and acting on behalf of the communities they represent. As a Town Council we comment on planning applications and can advise the County (Lancashire County Council) and Borough Authority (Wyre Council) on the views of residents.
Town Council News
Town Councillor vacancy
The Town Council was notified of the resignation of Cllr Chris Ryan, at August’s Town Council meeting.
Wyre Council have advertised the vacancy and no request has been made for an election. The Town Council is therefore required to fill the position by co-option. Would you like to be involved in decisions that affect Garstang? Garstang Town Council meetings are usually held on the third Monday of the month starting at 7.30pm.
Councillors have three main areas of work
1. Decision - making: through attending meetings and committees with other elected members, councillors decide which activities to support, where money should be spent, what services should be delivered and what policies should be implemented.
2. Monitoring: councillors make sure that their decisions lead to efficient and effective services by keeping an eye on how well things are working.
3. Getting involved locally: councillors have responsibilities towards their constituents and local organisations.
Further information can be obtained from the Clerk about becoming a local Councillor. The persons co-opted will hold office until May 2019. Any persons willing to fill these vacancies should apply to the Clerk in writing on or before Friday 13 November 2015. The contact details are detailed below.
Congratulations to Joe Gilmour, Ray Hesketh and Leah Hynes who were co-opted onto the Council at the extra-ordinary meeting, held on 27 July 2015.
Garstang Town Council May 2015
Front Row: Cllr Sandra Perkins, Cllr Lynn Harter (Mayor) Cllr Gordon Harter
Standing: Cllr David Williams, Cllr Peter Ryder, Cllr Mike Halford, Cllr Graham Salisbury, Cllr Alan Cornthwaite (Deputy Mayor), Cllr Chris Ryan, and Town Clerk Mrs Edwina Parry.
TOWN COUNCIL MEETINGS
All Town Council meetings are open to the public, and give the opportunity to electors to raise issues for the Council to answer or to carry forward for later debate. The meetings are held monthly and are led by the mayor (Chairman) and advised by the Town Clerk who is there to see that business is conducted within the law. For the latest meeting dates, agenda and minutes see the links in the right column.
HOW IS THE TOWN COUNCIL FINANCED?
The Council gets their money mainly from local taxation - the precept - and from grants towards products and services. Income and expenditure for the next financial year are calculated in the form of estimates. For a copy of the 2010 end of year accounts please see the links in the right column.
Local Councillors do not get paid. They give their time voluntary and are elected four years at a time. For a list of current Garstang Town Councillors please see the links in the right column. Local councillors fulfil the following role:
- Act as a liaison between the electorate and the Borough and County Councils.
- Can influence other decisions makers.
- Represent the collective views of the residents.
- Can play an integral part in the consultation process for many local policies and planning documents.
Garstang Town Council are involved in a variety of local projects and issues, developing Kepple Lane playing field into a multi-use area for all members of the family and repairing the War Memorial in the town, and developing and promoting the Youth Council.
TOWN COUNCIL CONTACTS
|Town Clerk||Mrs Edwina Parry||Garstang Police Station,
Moss Lane, Garstang, PR3 1HB
|Lengthsman||Mr Martyn Rossall|
Martyn is an employee of Garstang Town Council. His duties include sweeping up the litter, trimming back hedges and cutting some of the grass verges in the town. Martyn makes a considerable difference to the tidiness of the town. If you have any reports of neglect in the town of Garstang, which need attention by Martyn, please contact the Town Clerk.