We aspire to engage with residents, understand their needs and address where possible with the resources and powers available. We aim to work with local organisations and agencies to provide high standard, cost-effective services. We try to encourage and promote the economic and commercial vitality of the Parish through partnerships and other means. Most of all we embrace progress in a bid to improve the quality of our residents’ lives and healthy living standards.
What do we do?
Parish Councillors voluntarily give their time, effort and experience to serve a parish population of nearly 20,000 people. Constituting the first tier of local government, GLPC covers Blakelands, Bolbeck Park, Conniburrow, Downhead Park, Downs Barn, Giffard Park, Pennyland, Neath Hill, Tongwell, Willen Park, Redhouse Park – and Great Linford.
The Parish is funded out of what is called the precept which is paid by each household as part of their Council Tax. In the case of GLPC, we have one of the lowest precept charges in the MK area.
There are statutory requirements that a parish council are required to fulfil, but at the root of everything the Council is there to represent the views and concerns of the whole community.
and how do we do it?
There is one main Parish Council committee called the Full Committee which meets twice a month (except in August) – the 2nd Monday and last Wednesday of the month. All councillors are expected to attend these meetings which are held at the Parish Council Office at Great Linford Local Centre and begin at 7.30pm.
Becoming a Parish Councillor
By becoming a parish councillor you become someone your community will look to for help, guidance and support – a community leader with the power to influence decisions for the benefit of the people you serve. Seeing your community change for the better, as a result of decisions you have helped make, is something that can give you a sense of achievement and pride.
For further details or to arrange to meet for an informal chat about becoming a parish councillor, please contact Eirwen Tagg, Parish Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 01908 606613.