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
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.
Update from the Town Council meeting held on 20 May 2015.
Further to Wednesday night’s meeting, a factual error was made, that needs to be corrected.
Wyre Cllr Pete Murphy wishes to clarify that:
‘The community asset lasted until last December 2014, not the next one. Wyre couldn't have put the community centre on the open market until it ran out. I would hate for people to try and raise hopes on that front. It's a definite non-runner’.
Council meeting, Wednesday 20 May 2015
The next Town Council meeting is on Wednesday 20 May at 7.30pm. (The meeting follows the Annual Town Council meeting, which is being held on Tuesday 19 May).
Wyre Cllr Pete Murphy will be attending Wednesday’s meeting to respond to the concerns that were raised at the Town meeting (29 April 2015). Concerns were raised, by members of the electorate, about the existing Community Centre and the new ‘community hub’ of Garstang – the Church hall of St Thomas’.
Members of the public are invited to attend and ask questions of Cllr Pete Murphy.
Mayor's Charity Ball
The Mayor's charity this year was Youth Sport Development in Garstang. The Mayoral Ball held just before Christmas at Wyre Bank raised just over £ 4000.00 which was divided evenly between those groups who wrote in for support. The Mayor believes that sport has a large positive role to play in development of our Towns youth and the larger community of Garstang.
Town Council surgery
The next surgery is on Saturday 6 June 2015, from 10.00 to 12.00 noon. Please come along to the library to air your views with members of the Town Council.
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.