Parish and Town Councils represent the first tier of democratic government in Rotherham.
Modern Parish Councils were developed under the Local Government Act of 1894 where for the first time the Church was excluded from formal participation in local government. There are 8700 Parish Councils across England covering 15 million people and the numbers are increasing particularly in Urban areas.
Currently there are 30 Parish and Town Councils in Rotherham of which three are classed as Parish Meetings. Nearly half of Rotherham’s population live in a Parished area.
Parish Councils are made up of locally elected councillors. Most meet on a monthly/six week cycle to hear from their constituents and discuss local business.They have a statutory right to raise a local tax (known as a precept) to fund it’s activities and provide services and have approximately 50 powers including:
Bye laws e.g open spaces
Entertainment and the Arts
- Highways e.g provide warning/footpaths
- Recreation grounds
- Traffic calming
- War memorials
Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council is committed to working in partnership with the Parish and Town Councils through the:
- Signing of a Joint Working Charter;
- Meetings of a Joint Working Group;
- Formation of a Borough wide Parish Network.
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