What the Parish Council does
Great Linford Parish Council is one of 45 parishes in Milton Keynes which constitute the first tier of local government. Despite its name, GLPC is not concerned only about the Great Linford area but about Blakelands, Bolbeck Park, Conniburrow, Downhead Park, Downs Barn, Giffard Park, Pennyland, Neath Hill, Tongwell, Willen Park – and Great Linford. There are 9 parish councillors who voluntarily give time, effort and experience to serve a parish population of nearly 20,000 people.
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, at just over £26 a year, from April 2012.
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 it does it
There is one main Parish Council committee called the Full Committee which meets twice a month (except in August) – the 2nd Monday and 4th Thursday. All councillors are expected to attend these meetings which are held at the Parish Council Office at Neath Hill Local Centre and begin at 7.30pm.
There also two small sub-groups; the Communications group which concerns itself with the parish website and newsletter and other ways of communicating parish matters, and a Members and Staffing Group which looks after the interests of the Parish Council regarding staff and parish councillors. These two sub-groups report to the Full Committee, and parish councillors can opt to be on either or both of these sub-committees.
In addition, there are other working parties which are formed as and when required. For example a group of parish councillors work on the GLPC Summer Programme scheme every year. Parish councillors are also asked to deliver the parish newsletter if they can and ‘walk’ their ward to identify and report issues and concerns that residents have.
The information given here is not a definitive guide to the workings of the Parish Council, but gives a brief outline and background to how the Parish Council operates.