For details please contact the Clerk
What is a Parish or Town Council?
There are over 8,700 parish and town councils representing around 16 million people across England. They form the most local level of government and cover many rural and urban areas.
What services can it provide?
A parish or town council has an overall responsibility for the well-being of its local community. Its work falls into three main categories:
- Representing the local community
- Delivering services to meet local needs
- Striving to improve quality of life in the parish
- A Parish Council might provide and/or maintain some of the following services:
- burial grounds
- car parks
- community transport schemes
- bus shelters
- crime reduction measures
- leisure facilities
It can also work with Eden District Council and Cumbria County Council for other services, for example:
- litter bins
- local youth projects
- open spaces
- public toilets
- street cleaning
- street lighting
- tourism activities
- traffic calming measures
- village greens
How does Great Salkeld Parish Council make decisions?
The Parish Council is made up of a number of councillors who meet regularly (Meeting dates) to make decisions on the work and direction of the council. It is responsible to the people it represents – that’s the local community.
Attending a council meeting is the best way to find out what it does. Have a look at our website page to see The Parish Plan and what the Parish Council objectives are for the coming year http://great-salkeld.net
Where does the funding come from?
Each year the Parish Council asks for a sum of money, called a ‘precept’ which is collected through your council tax. It also receives money from Eden District Council. This money is used by the Parish Council to improve facilities and services for local people.Parish Councils can also apply for grants and loans when they become available.
What is the role of a Parish Councillor?
- Attending meetings
- Bringing parishioners concerns to the attention of the council
- Representing the needs of the whole community
Could I be a Parish Councillor?
Parish Council elections take place every four years on the first Thursday in May. If a seat becomes vacant mid-term, the council may co-opt someone from a list of volunteers. As a councillor you can become a voice for your community. You need to be a ‘people person’ and have the best interests of the whole parish at heart.Councillors are community leaders and should represent the aspirations of the public that they serve.Great Salkeld Parish Council meet on the first Monday of every month at 7.30 pm, unless it is a Bank Holiday.
The amount of time commitment is usually less than a couple of hours a week. Obviously there are some councillors who spend more time than this – and some less, but in the main, being a Parish Councillor is an enjoyable way of contributing to your community and helping to make it a better place to live and work.
If you are interested in becoming a councillor and require more information, then please contact the Parish Clerk or any of the Parish Councillors.
Great Salkeld Parish Council meets on the first Monday of each month at 7.30 pm in the village hall (if the first Monday falls on a bank holiday the meeting will be on the second Monday).
The first part of the meeting is an open meeting and any parishioner is welcome to attend to raise or discuss any local issues, subject to Chairman’s discretion.
Our local Eden District Councillor and County Councillor attend the Parish council meetings on a regular basis
Meeting agends and minutes are available on the web site and on the main parish notice board, in the centre of the village , opposite mid town farm. A precis of the minutes is also circulated in connect magazine
List of contacts:
- Clerk, Rachel Lytollis 01228 670451 firstname.lastname@example.org
Councillors and contact details (as at Oct. 2019)
- Richard Martin, Chairman 07946 176228 / 01768 898775 email@example.com
- Bev Pink, Vice Chair 01768 898802 firstname.lastname@example.org
- Claire Lumley, 07966 006921 / 01768 870913
- Tim Holliday 01768 870641 / 07894 559729 Tim.email@example.com
- Gary Kelso 07878 952487 / 01768 898188/ firstname.lastname@example.org
- Jo Thompson 01768 881205 email@example.com
Sub Committee/ areas of interest
- Housing; Cllr Robson, Cllr Martin
- Intra village communication; Cllr Thompson
- Highways and Environment; Cllr Martin
- Finance; Clerk
- Parish council communication; Clerk
- Events; Cllr Thompson, Cllr Martin
- Community oil buying group; Clerk
- Village Hall Trustees; all
- Village Field Trustees; all, Cllr Thompson
Other useful contact details
- Eden Distric Councillor, Gordon Nicholson 01768 898387 firstname.lastname@example.org
- Councty Councillor, Hilary Carrick 01768 898147 email@example.com
- MP for Penrith and the Borders Dr Neil Hudson firstname.lastname@example.org, 0207 219 3000
- Police non emergency number 101
- Community dog warden 01768 817817
- EDC Refuse collection 01768 817817
- Recycling and council refuse centre Flusco 01768 817817
- Faulty street lights 01768 817817
- Highways hot line 0845 609 6609
- United utilities water 0845 746 2200
- EDC planning department 01768 817817 Email: email@example.com
- Cumbria County Council 01228 606060 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org