THE PARISH COUNCILS
Parish Councils are statutory authorities
and can act as your link to Chorley Borough Council and Lancashire County
Council. The Parish Councils are consulted on a variety of issues by Chorley
Borough Council, Lancashire County Council and Government bodies. These
include such things as the Local Structure Plan, planning applications
and Public Rights of Way.
Parish Councillors may be contacted on a variety of matters concerning the Parish's such as planning applications, condition of roads, untidy sites, litter, community schemes, street lighting and transport.
The Parish Councils meet regularly to discuss matters of local importance and interest. Wheelton Parish Council meets monthly and Heapey Parish Council every second month. However, Parish Councillors are continually working on matters (outside of meetings) for the benefit of the Parish and welcome any comments you may have.
Any suggestions or complaints on any matter
concerning the Parish of Wheelton or Heapey can be made in writing to
the Clerk to the Parish Council, details on the Contact Us Page. The matter
will then be dealt with at the next meeting of the relevant Parish Council.
Heapey Parish Council
Wheelton Parish Council
JOINING THE PARISH COUNCIL
Councillors are elected
every 4 years. If you have the interests of the village at heart and are
interested in standing for either Parish Council, why not talk to the Parish
In addition, if a vacancy arises between elections, the
Parish Councils will advertise and have the power to co-opt members onto the
ELIGIBILITY TO JOIN THE PARISH COUNCIL
You qualify if,
over the last twelve months before the day on which you were nominated, or
the day of the election, you have resided in the parish, or within three
miles of it, or occupied as owner or tenant any land or premise therein or
had your principal place of work there. In addition, you must be 21 or over.
POWERS & DUTIES OF THE PARISH COUNCIL
Parish Councils in general
have the power, under various Acts of Parliament, to carry out a variety of
work from the provision of allotments to the maintenance of War Memorials.
How many, and which, of its powers a Parish Council chooses to exercise
depends on such things as the size of the parish and, therefore, its budget,
and the demands of its electorate.
QUALITY PARISH COUNCILS
years ago, the Government introduced the concept of the Quality Parish
Council. In order to achieve this status a council must satisfy certain
criteria, for example it must have a minimum of 6 meetings a year, publish a
newsletter at least 3 times a year, its clerk must have an approved
qualification. If a council becomes a Quality Parish Council, then it will be
able to play an enhanced role in the community and provide more services in
partnership with its principal authority, which in the case of Heapey and
Wheelton Parish Councils is Chorley Borough Council or Lancashire County
Council, depending on the service provided.
Both Heapey and Wheelton
Parish Councils have resolved to work towards Quality Parish Council status.
CODE OF CONDUCT
In 2001, a new Model Code of Conduct for elected
and co-opted members of local authorities came into force. Every authority,
including Parish Councils, was required to adopt a Code of Conduct that sets
out rules governing the behaviour of its members by May 2002.
of Conduct in general covers areas of individual behaviour such as members
not abusing their position or not misusing their authorities resources. In
addition, there are rules governing registration and disclosure of interests.