Past Parish Council Reports for Barnack, Bainton and Ufford

January 2019: A note from Barnack & Ufford Parish Council

The copy deadline for December is slightly earlier due to Christmas, so there are no meeting summaries from Barnack or Ufford this month.  To read the meeting Minutes please visit the Parish Council websites or look on your local noticeboards.

 For those of you who may not know what role the Parish Council plays within your community, and are interested in finding out more, here is a snippet of information:

A ‘parish’ is the smallest area of civil administration in England and provides the statutory tier of local government closest to the community.  Sometimes Parish Councils can be confused with the Parochial Church Council, due to the term ‘parish’ in the title, but it simply refers to the geographical area or civil parish.

The Parish Council is a statutory local authority set up under the Local Government Act 1972.  It operates in the area of a defined civil parish or group of parishes.  In Peterborough there are two tiers of local government – Peterborough City Council and local Parish Councils.  Parish Councils are an essential part of the structure of local democracy and have a vital role in acting on behalf of the communities they represent.

The Parish Council gives views on behalf of the community, on planning applications and other proposals that affect the parish; undertakes projects and schemes that benefit local residents; works in partnership with other bodies to achieve benefits for the parish; alerts relevant authorities to problems that arise or work that needs to be undertaken (such as potholes and fly tipping); and helps the other tiers of local government keep in touch with their local communities.

Parish Councils have the same powers as Town Councils.  These are wide ranging but essentially relate to local matters, such as looking after community open spaces, burial grounds, bus shelters, footpaths and much more.  The Council also has the power to raise money through taxation - the precept which is made up from the Parish Council’s share of council tax.  The precept demand goes to the billing authority (Peterborough City Council), which collects the tax for the Parish Council.

Residents are welcome to attend Parish Council meetings, these are held on the second Monday of every month for Barnack and the second Tuesday of every month (except August) for Ufford.  The meetings are held in the villages respective Village Halls, and the agenda can be viewed on the Parish Council website or local noticeboards three days before the meeting.  There is an opportunity for residents to speak during open forum.  Bring your ideas, thoughts, questions – remember it is your community and your opinions and thoughts matter

If you are interested in joining your local Parish Council, please get in touch for more information on what this may entail.   Currently Ufford Parish Council are seeking two councillors.

The Clerk can be contacted on 07595 377236 or by email to either:

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 Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year