Great Salkeld Parish Council

For details please contact the Clerk

Mrs Lisa Beken
2 Folly Brow
Tel: 07522 939 696


Date of next meeting: February 1st, 2021, 7.30pm.

Agenda Feb 2021

Members of the press and public are always welcome to attend meetings.

Meeting ID: 819 0574 9242
Passcode: 116094


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:
    • allotments
    • burial grounds
    • car parks
    • community transport schemes
    • footpaths
    • bridleways
    • bus shelters
    • commons
    • 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
  • planning
  • 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.

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 council does not meet during the months of January and August.

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 agenda 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:

Councillors and contact details  (2020)

Sub Committee/ areas of interest

  • Finance;  Clerk
  • Parish council communication;  Clerk
  • Events; Cllr Thompson
  • Community oil buying group; Clerk
  • Village Hall Trustees; all
  • Village Field Trustees; all, Cllr Thompson

Other useful contact details

Contact details for village groups and organisations can be found on the Useful Contacts page.