Objectives and responsibilities

A Parish Council is the first and most local tier of Government. Catshill and North Marlbrook is one of twenty Parish Councils within Bromsgrove District Council.

The Parish Council has limited powers and duties but has responsibilities to maintain or improve the environment and look after the interests of the local community. The Parish Council, also, has a role in consultation with Bromsgrove District Council and Worcestershire County Council in certain areas and also the opportunity to influence those bodies for the benefit of the parish.

Catshill and North Marlbrook Parish Council has thirteen councillors who are in the main elected but there are usually one or two who are co-opted pending the next election.

The Parish Council is funded through the Bromsgrove District Council by the `precept` which is part of the Council Tax. The Parish Council is accountable to external audit for monies spent.

All councillors are obliged to follow the Council Code of Conduct and the Parish Council follows rules, regulations and procedures as laid down - ultimately by Central Government.

There are many opportunities for Parish Councils – depending on local needs and wishes – to quote the `Good Councillors guide published by the Countryside Agency 2003`- the Parish Council can play a vital part in representing the interests of the communities they serve and improve the quality of life and the local environment. Furthermore, they can influence other decision makers and can in many cases, deliver services to meet local needs. In other words you and your Council can 'make a difference'.

The Parish Council also, liaises with other authorities such as the Police and takes part in PACT meetings [Police and Communities Together] It is our concern to encourage a safe environment in which to live. The Parish Council maintains an awareness Health Services and takes an active interest in local Business matters and liaises with the local Churches.

We are in close communication with the Committees of both the Village Hall and The Meadow to improve facilities in the village.

It is our concern to maintain a pleasant environment and preserve as much open and green space as allowable. We have to conform to various Central Government dictates and Bromsgrove District plans.

More specifically Catshill and North Marlbrook Parish Council has undertaken to maintain the Ivy Gardens and plant bulbs  in various green  areas. We employ a litter picker; there have been a contributions to the refurbishment of the Village Hall. We maintain an interest in the War Memorial and Cemeteries. We are, also, looking at the development of various open spaces within the new housing estates. We encourage the Highways Partnership and Bromsgrove District Council to maintain highways, grass verges and footpaths. We are concerned with car parking problems, traffic calming and road safety.

There are other areas which the Parish Council wish to consider as possible future tasks- such as  further involvement in Youth activities, Music festivals, Arts and entertainments of other kinds including tourism as well as continuing with the practical matters in the village such as street lighting, drainage, improving footpaths etc.

In certain areas of activity the Parish Council may act alone. However, this must be in accordance with the local Government Plans and within the legal powers imposed by Acts of Parliament.

The Parish Council has few mandatory duties although, it does have a responsibility to consider the interests and needs of the local residents. We have to ensure that we are going forward in line with views of the local community to the benefit of the Parish.


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