Local Council Meetings
There are around 9,000 parish, town, community and neighbourhood councils (local councils) representing around 16 million people across England. They form the most local level of government and cover many rural and urban areas. The latter includes many of our larger cities such as Birmingham, Leeds and Newcastle. Recent changes to the law mean that it is now possible to create a local council in London, last seen in the capital in the 1960s. To find out if there is a local council in your area contact the Cheshire Association of Local Councils.
What’s the difference between parish, town, community and neighbourhood councils?
Not a great deal. They all have the same powers and can provide the same services. The only difference is that a town council has decided that it should be known as a town council instead of a parish, community or neighbourhood Council, and has a mayor.
What services do they provide?
Your local council has an overall responsibility for the well-being of your local neighbourhood. Their work falls into three main categories:
- representing your local community
- delivering services to meet local needs
- striving to improve quality of life in the parish.
Your council might provide, maintain or contribute to the following services:
- allotments leisure facilities
- bus shelters litter bins
- car parks local illuminations
- community centres parks and open spaces
How do they make decisions?
Your local council is made up of a number of councillors who meet regularly to make decisions on the work and direction of the council. As elected bodies local councils are responsible to the people they represent – that’s your local community. Attending a council meeting is the best way to find out what they do. Give the council a call or check out their website and find out when the next public meeting is scheduled to take place.