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
Update on Community Centre
MP Ben Wallace met with Mayor of Garstang, Cllr Graham Salisbury and Cllr Lady Dulcie Atkins (13 November) to discuss ideas on how best the future of the Community & Council Offices could be retained for use by Garstang residents and local community groups. The Mayor expressed his keen desire to retain the building for Garstonians, due to its significantly important location at the head of The High Street, and the difficulty he envisages in finding a replacement in the future. The discussions focused on how the Town Council might need to seek a developer partner to work in collaboration with possibly re-developing the flat roof extension and focussing existing uses in the traditional pitched roof part of the building. The discussions were very positive with Mr Wallace taking the opportunity of meeting with the Royal Voluntary Service who were serving their weekly lunch from the building to members of the Garstang and Greater Garstang area.
Town Council surgery
The next surgery is on Saturday 3 January 2015, from 10.00 to 12.00 noon. Please come along to the library to air your views with members of the Town Council.
MAYOR MAKING MAY 2014
Councillor Graham Salisbury was elected Mayor of Garstang on the 22 May 2014 at the Annual Meeting of the Council, held at the Community Centre in Garstang. Councillor Salisbury first joined the Council in 2010. The Mayor is being supported the Mayoress, Cathy Salisbury and by Councillor Lynn Harter as Deputy Mayor.
Back Row: Cllrs: Mary Alston, Tom Balmain, Chris Ryan, Alan Cornthwaite, David Williams and Town Clerk: Edwina Parry
Front Row: Cllrs: Mike Halford, Gordon Harter, Graham Salisbury, Lynn Harter, Sandra Perkins and Young Mayor Louise McCarthy.
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||Room G17, Garstang Business & Community Centre,
High Street, Garstang PR3 1EB
|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.