Your council is a corporate body with a legal existence of it’s own quite separate from that of it’s members. It’s decisions are the responsibility of the whole body. The council has been granted powers by Parliament, including the important authority to raise money through taxation (the precept) and a range of powers to spend public money.
Your council is an elected tier of local government. Other tiers, known as principal authorities, have a legal duty to deliver services such as education, town and country planning, environmental health and social services. Parish councils have the legal power to take action, but they have fewer duties and greater freedom to choose what action to take. They can play a vital part in representing the interests of the communities they serve and improve the quality of life & the local environment. Furthermore, they influence other decision makers and can, in many cases, deliver services to meet local needs. In other words, your council can make a difference.
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. They give views, on behalf of the community, on planning applications and other proposals that affect the parish, undertake projects and schemes that benefit local residents, work in partnership with other bodies to achieve benefits for the parish, alert relevant authorities to problems that arise or work that needs to be undertaken and help the other tiers of local government keep in touch with their local needs.
The Parish Council also has specific responsibilities that are unique to Kingsmead Parish. After the gifting of land and amenities from Redrow Homes and Taylor Wimpey to the Parish Council in 2011, we became responsible for the maintenance of land, parks and ponds. This land maintenance includes the mowing, pruning and tree management in many areas of Kingsmead village. We also are responsible for appointing a range of contractors in order to service the Parish’s maintenance needs.
We are not responsible for roads, pathways or street lighting, which is the responsibility of Cheshire West and Chester County Council.