What is a Parish Council?
A Parish Council is a small Local Authority. Its Councillors are elected for four years. It is community based and the most accessible tier of Local Government.
Radcliffe-on-Trent Parish is made up of two wards, Manvers and Trent, which in total cover 2,102 acres.
How many Councillors are on the Parish Council?
It has 18 members who try to ensure that the views of the community are taken into account by the various authorities, agencies and organisations that make legislation and take decisions on services and issues effecting the community.
What does a Parish Council do?
Parish Councils have a number of formal powers and using these Radcliffe-on-Trent Parish Council is responsible for The Grange and Grange Hall, Wharf Lane Recreation Ground, Rockley Memorial Gardens, Parish Council Cemetery, Valley Road Play Area, Bingham Road Play Area, Cliff Top, The Lily Ponds and Dewberry Hill.
What else does it do?
The Parish Council responds to and comments on planning applications, structure plans, and government discussion documents.
It comments on all planning applications in the parish; Rushcliffe Borough Council then makes the final decision, taking into account the Parish Council’s views.
How much do Parish Councils cost?
Parish Councils are generally the most un-bureaucratic and cheapest kind of local authority. They get no general government grant so raise the majority of the income from a precept, a tax that the electors pay. Radcliffe-on-Trent Parish Council has 7980 electors and each pays a little towards the cost.
What else is important?
District and County Councils have become very large and remote. Radcliffe-on-Trent Parish Council keeps its residents informed by a quarterly newsletter, its website and meetings.
It is also involved in crime prevention measures and any initiatives that will improve the quality of life of its residents.
The Council liaises with Nottinghamshire County Council Highways Agency regarding traffic problems.
It also supports local organisations.