What is Allington Parish Council?

Parish or Town Councils are an important tier of Government within the UK. A Parish Council is the smallest and most localised tier of local government in the UK, operating at a level below national government and below district and borough councils. Nevertheless, a Parish Council is a properly constituted local authority. The powers, duties, and manner in which a Parish Council operates are laid out in local government statutes and regulations. Parish Councils can help on several local issues, like planning applications or running local sports grounds.

Parish Councils are Statutory Bodies, having powers under several different Acts (the Local Government Act 1972, the Public Health Act 1936, etc.). It is up to each Council to choose what is appropriate for the community they serve. The Parish Council has legal responsibilities as an employer and sometimes as an owner of public land and buildings. Allington Parish Council owns some open spaces.

The Council raises funds by an annual Precept, set in November of each year. The Parish Council precept is added to the Council Tax bill and collected by Lincolnshire County Council on behalf of the Parish Council. The Council also raises funds for some of the work it does through grants from other organisations.

Allington Parish Councillors are elected to represent the local community and either live or work in the council area. A councillor’s role can include developing strategies and plans for the area, helping with problems and ideas, representing the community, working with other local community groups, decision making and reviewing decisions and talking to the community about their needs and what the council is doing.

You can read minutes and reports from Parish Council meetings and download documents.