Rippingale Parish Council
What is a Parish Council?
More than 8,700 Parish and Town Councils represent 16million people across England and they cover the most local level of government. There is no difference between a "Parish" or "Town" Council, other than the Town Council has let it be known that that is what it wishes to be termed, and has a mayor.
Services Provided by the Parish Council
A Parish Council has an overall responsibility for the well-being of its local community and its work falls into three main categories:-
- Representing the local community
- Delivering services to meet local needs
- Striving to improve quality of life in the Parish.
Rippingale Parish Council provides and/or maintains the following services:-
- Community Transport Scheme
- Crime Reduction Measures
- Leisure Facilities
- Village Newsletter and Website.
- Hospital Car Service
The Parish Council also works with South Kesteven District and Lincolnshire County Councils for other services, such as:-
- Litter bins
- Street cleaning
- Tourism activities
- Traffic calming measures
- Village Greens.
The Parish Council is made up of a seven Councillors who meet regularly to make decisions on the work and direction of the Council. The Parish Council is an elected body and through its councillors is responsible to the Rippingale Community.
Each year a sum of money known as the "Precept" , is collected through householder's Council Tax. In consultation with residents, the Parish Council decides on the amount of the Precept to be collected and the money is used by the Parish Council to improve facilities and services for Rippingale people and to run the Council. The Parish Council can also apply for grants and loans and receives income from use of amenities such as Allotments and Playing Field Hire.
Election of Parish Councillors
Rippingale Parish Councillors are elected to represent a geographical area known Rippingale Parish. They are elected by people who live in this area. Elections are held every four years: 2007, 2011, 2015 etc.
What Parish Councillors Do
Councillors have three main areas of work:-
- Decision Making
- Getting Involved locally.
Decision Making: Through attending meetings and committees with other elected members, Councillors decide which activities to support, where money should be spent, what services should be delivered and what policies should be implemented.
Monitoring: Councillors ensure that their decisions lead to efficient and effective services by keeping an eye on how well things are working.
Getting Involved Locally: As local representatives, Councillors have responsibilities towards their parishioners and local organisations.
The routine work of a Parish Councillor may include attending meetings of local organisations; attending meetings of bodies that affect the wider community - such as the police, Highways Authority etc.
Parish Councillors are a voice for the community, and all Councillors need to have the concerns and interests of the Parish as a whole at heart. Councillors are Community Leaders and should represent the aspirations of the Rippingale public that they serve.
Being a Parish Councillor is an enjoyable way of contributing to the local community and helping to make it a better place to live and work.
Parish Councillor Qualifications
To become a Parish Councillor you have to be:
- A British Citizen, or citizen of the Commonwealth or the European Union.
- 18 years or older on the day you become nominated for election
- Live or work in or near the Parish
You cannot stand for election if you:
- Are the subject of a bankruptcy restriction order or interim order.
- Have, within 5 years before the day of the election, been convicted in the U.K. of any offence and have had a prison sentence (whether suspended or not) for a period of over 3 months, without the option of a fine.
The Parish Council meets on alternate months, usually the second Thursday of the month. All meetings are arranged at Village Hall, 7.30p.m. unless otherwise stated
All members of the public are welcome to attend and have an opportunity to raise matters of concern at the Open Public Forums held before and after each Council Meeting.
Clerk to the Parish Council:
Mrs. Michelle Free
4 Blasson Way,
Tel : 07375 364 742