Overview

This Parish Council is responsible for the administration of this Parish on behalf of its parishioners.  The Parish Council comes under the next level of Government, which is Ribble Valley Borough Council, based in Clitheroe and is within the county of Lancashire.  As well as these government institutions the Parish Council liaises with many other local organisations, including the Forest of Bowland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, The National Trust and other adjoining parishes and town councils.

Members of a Parish Council normally stand for election every four years, when eleven members are elected. The Council currently consists of seven councillors from Bolton by Bowland and two from each of the other parishes.  Vacancies occurring between elections may be filled by a process of co-option under procedures prescribed by Ribble Valley Borough Council.  Borough Councillors of the wards covering the Parishes are attendees of Council meetings and members of the public may also attend and speak by pre–arrangement.

 Parish Councillors are unpaid volunteers.

The Council employs a Parish Clerk, who is responsible for the proper administration of all matters pertaining to the Council’s proceedings and is also the Responsible Financial Officer.  The Parish Council also contracts a Lengthsman to carry out jobs on behalf of the Parish Council, including maintenance of common areas, invasive weed control, fencing and other similar work

 

 The Parish Council responsibilities include:

Supervising the expenditure of the Parish Council funds and determining the annual precept.

Commenting to Ribble Valley Borough Council’s Planning Department on all Planning Applications proposed for execution within Parish boundaries.

Reviewing central and local government consultation documents for their potential impact on the Parish.

Monitoring crime and policing activities within the Parish.

Monitoring bridleways, footpaths and pavements within the Parish.

Acting as a conduit to the Borough and County Councils on matters which may affect or be of concern to the Parishioners.