Holme Parish Council

Welcome to Holme Parish Council Website

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Farleton Knott viewed from the Lancaster Canal nr North Road

On the Village Information page you will find :-

  • Details of various Societies in the village and in the surrounding area
  • Times of Church Services
  • Opening hours of the Post Office & Spar shop
  • Times of opening for the Library in Milnthorpe
  • Names of your Parish, District and County Councillors
  • Information about the activities of the Council, including Parish Council Surgeries
  • A list of other useful telephone numbers.

The Community Plan page gives details of the plans that we have for the village in the future for the short term, the mid term and the long term.

The Documents and Policies  page gives the minutes from the last meeting, and the dates and times for the coming year. Also a list of the Councillors for Holme Parish.

If you have any comments or enquiries about the website or any other matter you feel you should discuss then don’t hesitate to send us an e-mail through our Contact Page.

 

 

Back to Basics : Holme Parish Council

 

This is one of a series of articles aimed at raising your awareness of the importance of Parish Councils, the powers they have, and the work they do in your village.

 

A parish council is the first tier of local government, the others being District ( South Lakeland) and County ( Cumbria)  Holme PC is an elected corporate body, has variable tax raising powers, and is responsible for an area roughly equivalent to the villages of Holme and Holme Mills.

 

Holme PC has 7 elected, unpaid Councillors who serve for a period of 4 years and then must be re-elected.

 

The powers of Parish Councillors have increased considerably since the Localism Act of 2011 ( for another article) but significantly include the power of Precept. This allows money to be raised annually for administration and projects which will directly benefit the community.

 

Each year, the Parish Council must account for its actions and does this at the Annual Parish Meeting which, by law, must be held between the 1st March and the 1st of June.  Its accounts are available for inspection, and it is an opportunity for the community to ask questions about its work.  

 

In addition, the public is welcome to come along to the monthly meetings, usually held on the last Monday of each month ( in the Village Hall) . A period is set aside for the public to raise specific issues of concern.  Not all of these will fall within the responsibilities of the parish council, but can be referred to the relevant Local Government departments for their action/attention.

 

The Agenda and Minutes are posted on the Parish Notice board in the square and on the council’s web site ( http://www.holme-westmorland-pc.gov.uk).

 

The business of of the Parish Council and the manner in which it is carried out is overseen by a paid , experienced Clerk who prepares Agendas, and Minutes.  They also advise on what can ( or can’t be done). Our Clerk is also the responsible finance officer, ensuring the money is spent properly and legally.

 

Could you spare some time to be a Parish Councillor?  Elections do not take place until May 2020, but vacancies are also created if elected Councillors move outside the Parish or stand down.

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