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.
- 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; and
- 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.
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.
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.
The condition of highways and footways is monitored and problems reported to the highways department at Lincolnshire County Council for action.
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 the footpaths.
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.
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 requests.