The Anwick Parish Council is made up of four elected members - comprising the Chair, Vice-Chair and two members - all unpaid volunteers who work for the benefit of the community and all local residents. The Parish Council is fully accountable and subject to detailed audit.

The Clerk to the Parish Council is a paid, part-time employee.

Meetings of the Anwick Parish Council are currently being held remotely. Residents may attend full council meetings and can speak briefly on village matters at the commencement of the meeting in Parishioners Items.

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What powers and duties do Parish Councils have?

Parish Councils have a variety of powers and duties, all of which impact directly on the community.

The following are all under the remit of Parish Councils

  • Allotments
  • Burials grounds, Cemeteries, Churchyards and Crematoria
  • Bus shelters -
  • Bye-laws – the power to make bye-laws concerning baths and washhouses [swimming pools], cycle parks, mortuaries and pleasure grounds
  • Clocks – public clocks can be provided and must be maintained
  • Community Centres, Conference centres, Halls, Public Buildings
  • Drainage – of ditches and ponds
  • Entertainment and the Arts
  • Footpaths
  • General Spending – Parish Councils can spend a limited amount of money on anything they deem of benefit to the community that is not covered by the specific requirements described in this list
  • Gifts – Parish Councils may accept gifts
  • Highways – lighting, parking spaces, right to enter into discussions about new roads and road widening, consent of Parish Council required for diversion or discontinuation of highway, traffic signs and the notices, tree planting and verge maintenance.
  • Land – acquisition and sale of
  • Legal Proceedings – power to prosecute and defend any legal proceedings in the interests of the community, power to take part in any public enquiry.
  • Litter – provision or litter bins and support for any anti-litter campaigns
  • Planning – Parish Councils must be notified of, and display for residents, any planning applications or the area. Any comments submitted to the planning authority by the Parish Council must be taken into account
  • Postal and telecommunications Facilities – power to pay a public telecommunications operator any loss sustained in providing services in that area
  • Public Conveniences – provision and maintenance of pubic toilets
  • Recreation – provision of recreation grounds, public walkways, pleasure grounds, open spaces, village greens, gymnasiums, playing fields, holiday camps and boating ponds
  • Rights of Way – footpath and bridleway maintenance
  • Seats – [public]
  • Signs – danger signs, place names and bus stop signs
  • Tourism ¬– financial contributions to any local tourist organisations allowed
  • Traffic Calming
  • War Memorials
  • Water Supply – power to utilise stream, well or spring water and to provide facilities’ for general use.