Role of Goostrey Parish Council

Goostrey Parish Council is one of the two tiers of local government, the other being Cheshire East Borough Council. Goostrey Parish Council represents the civil parish of Goostrey with a population of approx. 1900 electors. The role of Parish Councils is to be the voice of the local community and work to influence the decisions of the other tiers of government and bodies that affect community life.

The Parish Council comprises 10 councillors including the Chairman. The term of office is normally 4 years and the current councillors’ term of office expires in May 2019. The parish clerk is the proper officer of the council and is a vital member of the team providing advice, administrative support and taking action to implement decisions

Parish Council Meetings

Parish Council meetings are open to the public and are held in the Village Hall at 7.30pm on the second Tuesday of every month (with the exception of August). The public do not have a right to speak when the council meetings are in session unless invited to do so by the Chairman but public comments are taken before the meeting commences. Members of the public may also speak after the meeting including matters relating to items on the Agenda. The Council is required to give three clear days notice of all its meetings and these notices are displayed on the parish noticeboards situated in the Village Hall and at the junction of Main Road and Bank View.

Committees

The Parish Council has the following committees to enable it to consider issues in more detail.

  • Finance Committee – quarterly meetings
  • Amenities Committee – meets bi-monthly
  • Village Hall Management Committee – meets bi-monthly
  • Planning Committee – as and when required

Recommendations are then presented to the full council.

The Annual Meeting of the Parish Council is held on the second Tuesday in May when the new Chairman and Vice Chairman for the coming year are elected and Councillors decide on which committees they wish to serve.

In addition, the Parish Council hosts an Annual Parish Meeting where a report of the activities of the council during the previous year is presented and residents are invited to make comments and ask questions.

Powers

The Parish Council has greater freedom to choose what action to take than the other tiers of local government and has few duties but only a small budget with which to fund its activities. Goostrey Parish Council has been involved in various village projects including the improvement of Boothbed Lane Playground, the development of the village website, the Speedwatch campaign, improvements to the Village Hall and the provision of benches and planters.

Budget and Precept

The precept is the Parish Council’s share of the Council Tax. Goostrey Parish Council sends its precept demand to Cheshire East Borough Council which collects the tax for the Parish Council as part of the Council Tax bill. At the January 2017 meeting the Parish Council approved its budget for 2017/18 at £43,525 which represents a 2% increase on the budget for 2015/16.   This figure is significantly reduced from the 2016/17 budget which was raised by £20,000 to allow the Parish Council to progress the Neighbourhood Plan and replenish reserves depleted by the barrister costs for the Gladman Appeal.

Planning

The Parish Council, by law, has to be consulted on planning applications in its area. However, it is not the decision making body. The Planning Committee considers and comments on all planning applications and refers its comments to the full council. These comments are then conveyed to Cheshire East Borough Council.

Freedom of Information

The Parish Council has adopted a MODEL PUBLICATION SCHEME under The Freedom of Information Act.  A list of all information published and how it can be obtained is available from the Clerk and will shortly be published on this web site.