What is a Town/Parish Council?
Town/Parish Councils make up the first tier of local government in England and are the layer of local government closest to the communities they represent. There are some 8,500 Councils at Parish level in England. As a tier of local government they are elected bodies, with discretionary powers and rights laid down by Parliament to represent their communities and provide services for them.
What can they do? What are the statutory powers and duties?
A list of Town/Parish Council powers can be found HERE (this is not an exhaustive list)
What is our Council responsible for?
The Town Council currently has responsibility for:
Hitchin Road Recreation Ground Riverside Playing Field
The Green Millennium Green
Stotfold Cemetery Town Council owned street lighting
The Memorial Hall The Simpson Centre
Public Conveniences and Car Park – Brook Street
How are these things managed?
Stotfold Town Council has 15 Councillors who have been elected by the local community, to work for the local community. Contact details for individual Councillors can be found here.
The Council has 6 Committees who have separate responsibilities, as follows: (Terms of Reference for each Committee can be found on the Committee pages of this site)
As a consultee to Central Bedfordshire Council on planning applications relating to Stotfold.
RECREATION GROUNDS, PUBLIC LANDS AND LIGHTING COMMITTEE
Manages 196 streetlights, three recreation grounds, Millennium Green, Norton Road Allotments and the MUGA facility.
CEMETERY MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE
Maintains and manages Stotfold Cemetery.
BUILDINGS MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE
Maintains and manages the Memorial Hall and Simpson Centre, making it available for residents and organisations to hire.
Prepares Precept recommendation, staffing matters, Standing Orders, Financial Regulations, etc.
TOWN ENHANCEMENT COMMITTEE
Prepares and considers proposals for long term strategic planning of Stotfold.
STOTFOLD TOWN COUNCIL
Also comments to the higher tier of Local Government, Central Bedfordshire Council, on matters such as education, long term planning for the town, etc.
The Town Council office is the place to raise matters such as defective streetlights, litter problems and highway issues i.e potholes. Although not the direct responsibility of the Town Council, these issues can be forwarded to the relevant authorities for action.
If you feel strongly about any issues arising in the town, however large or small, the Town Council is happy to look into it for you.
With the help and support of local residents the Town Council will be able to ensure that Stotfold retains the community feel through the changes that will be seen in the next five to ten years.
How can I contact the Town Council offices?
Town Clerk: Mrs Kate Elliott-Turner
Assistant Clerk: Ms Caroline Jenkins
Administration Assistant: (am) Ms Liz Litchfield
Administration Assistant: (pm) Mrs Suzanne Cowie
Finance Assistant : Jo Wang
Town Council Offices
The Simpson Centre
Herts, SG5 4HP
Tel: 01462 730064
Fax: 01462 732620
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 9am - 4pm (closed for lunch 12pm - 1pm)
Answermachine, fax and email operate outside of office hours
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CENTRAL BEDFORDSHIRE COUNCIL
Who is the second tier of local government in Bedfordshire?
In Bedfordshire the second tier of local government is Central Bedfordshire Council which, in April 2009, replaced the former Mid Beds District and Bedfordshire County Councils.
What are they responsible for?
Central Bedfordshire Council is responsible for:
Schools and education Community & Living
Dog Warden Waste & Recycling collection
Link to contact details for Central Beds Councillors
How can I contact Central Bedfordshire Council?
Written correspondence can be sent to:
Central Bedfordshire Council
Bedfordshire, SG17 5TQ
If you have internet access, their web address is http://www.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk/, and they can be contacted by email on email@example.com
The main contact number is 0300 300 8000
An A-Z of Central Bedfordshire Council department contact numbers can be found HERE
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