About Neston Town Council
|Published: 25th September 2009 08:55|
Since June 009 Neston has it's own Council with members elected from the local community.
What does the Council do?
The principal (district) authority for the area, Cheshire West and Chester Council (CWaC), has a statutory duty to continue providing all the services previously provided by a combination of Cheshire County Council and Ellesmere Port & Neston Borough Council. The Town Council can choose to take over and manage issues such as:
- Community Safety
- Street lighting
- Playing Fields
- Community Centres
- War Memorials
- Seats & shelters
- Rights of way
They may also choose to organise and/or financially support local initiatives - for example Festivals or playgroup equipment, drop-in's for teenagers or transport to and from local hospitals.
It is important that the Town Council works in partnership with the principal Council (CWaC) to ensure that its actions add value to the community. Having a Town Council ensures that the area has a greater standing to negotiate with wider authorities than individual residents, societies and organisations would otherwise have.
How is all this paid for?
The Council is entitled to a share of the council tax collected by CWaC. This is known as "The Precept." CWAC cannot refuse to provide the Precept, provided it has been agreed upon following the correct legal procedures to which the Town Council must adhere - e.g. ensuring that all elements of expenditure will be for the benefit of the community within the geographical boundary that the Council is elected to serve.
How many seats are there?
There are 17 seats on the Council, representing the following wards:
- Little Neston (4)
- Neston (4)
- Ness (1)
- Riverside (4)
- Parkgate (4)
How often are elections held?
Councillors are elected for a four year term. On a declared date every four years the entire Council must stand down and be re-elected or co-opted (this occurs when there are not enough candidates for the number of seats - instead members are chosen from a list of volunteers).
More information can be found here: Neston Town Council