What is a Town Council?

who we are….what we do….what we spend….Parish map

Parish and Town Councils in England and Wales are the first tier of Local Government. They deliver a vast range of services at a community level.

There are around 10,000 Community, Parish and Town Councils in England and Wales, made up of nearly 100,000 Councillors. These first-tier councils can respond to the needs of the Community – delivering the services or representation it most needs.

Powers and duties

Parish and Town Councils have a large range of powers, and the activities parish and town councils are involved in are immense. Many parish and town councils are involved in planning, promoting tourism, licensing, community halls, representation, management of town and village centres and providing community halls.

Frequently asked questions

What services can it provide?

A Parish or Town Council has an overall responsibility for the well being of the local community.

The 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

How are decisions made?

The parish council is made up of a number of councillors who meet regularly to make decisions on the work and direction of the council. As an elected body, the parish council is an “it” and, through the councillors, is responsible to the people it represents – that is the local community.

Attending a council meeting is the best way to find out what it does. Have a look at the other pages on this website to see what the Parish Council has been dealing with recently.

Where does the money come from?

Each Year a sum of money called a ‘precept’ is collected through your council tax.  Parish/ Community Councils can also apply for grants and loans

What do parish or town Councillors do?

Councillors have three main areas of work:

  • 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 make sure 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. This often depends on what the councillor wants to achieve and how much time is available

The day-to-day work of a Councillor may include:

  • attending meetings of local organisations
  • attending meetings of bodies that affect the wider community, such as Police, Highways , Schools and Colleges
  • bringing parishioners concerns to the attention of the council
  • and a thousand and more other tasks that arise at a moments notice !!!!


The town has a population approaching 7,000.

The area has a mixture of social housing, owner occupier and houses in multiple occupation (HMO’s).
The housing design within the area is varied and includes:
Single person flats
1 bedroom bungalows
2 and 3 storey houses
2 and 3 bedroom bungalows

Materials used for construction in the Parish area vary  from timber framed housing to traditional brick built homes.


There is a wide variety of businesses based within the parish area.

These include:
Local shops based at the central market square area and at some local centres
Industrial estate at Leconfield
One of the largest local employers is Sellafield.