Give views, on behalf of the community, on planning applications and other proposals
that effect the parish;
Undertake projects and schemes that benefit local residents;
Work in partnership with other bodies to achieve benefits for the parish;
Alert relevant authorities to problems that arise or work that needs to be undertaken;
Help the other tiers of local government keep in touch with the local community.
We have a wide range of powers essentially related to local matters, such as looking
after community buildings, open space, allotments, play areas, street lighting, bus
shelters, car parks and much more. The Council also has the power to raise money
through taxation called the precept; this is the parish council’s share of the council
tax. The precept demand goes to the billing authority, the District Council, which
collects the tax for the Parish Council. In addition to the services outlined it
is our declared objective to ensure that we engage with residents at every opportunity
to promote and enhance community cohesion. We believe that it is only by people working
together that we can maintain the sense of belonging that exists in Hemingby. At
the heart of our strategy is the need to be active, consultative, organised, participative
and inclusive of all. That all residents have the opportunity to contribute to decisions
that affect their lives and this village.
FINANCE: In order that we have sufficient funds to conduct the Parish Council business
it is necessary to raise the parish council’s share of the council tax through an
annual precept. Each year the Council prepares a budget to arrive at the level of
taxation required to maintain the services it provides. This is then collected on
its behalf by the District Council. Careful consideration is given to this task
and it is our committed aim that we should only raise the level of the precept to
prudently maintain services. This is why the Parish Council is able to function
with a budget which has a weekly cost to each household of less than the current
price of a postage stamp.
PLANNING: The Parish Council is consulted by the planning authority, i.e. the District
Council on all developments affecting the village and responds to all applications. Our
role in this process is purely to make comment for the authority to take into account
based on a set of planning regulations. The Councils policy is one of conserving
the Parish as a village.
HIGHWAYS: The condition of highways and footways is monitored and problems reported
to the highways department at Lincolnshire County Council for action.
FOOTPATHS: The Parish Council maintains the footpaths (not the footways alongside
the highway) within the built up areas of the village and monitors the footpaths
through the fields within the Parish. In conjunction with Lincolnshire County Council
we are part of the Parish Paths Partnership which fully funds the maintenance of
PUBLICITY: Activities are publicised via the Parish Council notice board, public
notice board, a quarterly newsletter, this web site and in local newspapers. We
seek to consult at every opportunity as our objective is one of consensus politics
and this village belongs to its residents, we are purely your representatives.
CONSULTATION: The Parish Council has the right to be consulted on many local and
national government issues and provides a local perspective in responses to consultation
OUR STRENGTH IS IN OUR COMMUNITY
Parishes are the smallest areas of civil administration in England and are the statutory
local authority set up under the Local Government Act 1972. Hemingby Parish Council
is an essential part of the structure of local democracy and has a vital role to
act on behalf of the community we represent.