The Parish Council is the first tier of local government. We represent the views of local people on community issues. We aim to help provide good public services to the people of Newburgh. We take actions to promote the quality of village life.
Parish Councillor Vacancy
A leaflet has recently been circulated to residents confirming the current vacancy on the Parish Council. Although no deadline was specified on the leaflet, we would like to hear from anyone interested in joining us by 31st March 2017. If you would like further information, please don’t hesitate to contact the Parish Clerk or any of the Parish Councillors.Who are we?There are eight councillors from the community. Councillors stand for election every four years. We are supported by a Parish Clerk.
Current members are :
What do we do?
- We monitor the appearance and cleanliness of the village and take action to maintain standards
- We provide and maintain the children’s play area, bus shelters, seats and notice boards
- We communicate with residents about local issues, giving information and asking for views. All residents and businesses get our regular Newburgh News.
- We make representations to Councils, Police and other public bodies on residents’ concerns and ideas
- We liaise with Borough and County Councils to make sure we get good service on street cleaning, footpath and grounds maintenance and highways.
- We offer comments on planning applications to the Borough Council and publish their decisions
- We work with other village organisations such as Newburgh Fair, Christ Church and young people’s organisations to support and publicise their activities
- We initiate projects that benefit residents, such as the 700th anniversary celebrations
- We publish guides and booklets for the benefit of the community and its visitors
- The Parish Council has adopted a Values and Vision Statement following consultation with residents. An associated Action Plan is prepared each year. Copies of these documents are available from the Parish Clerk
How are we funded?
The budget for 2016-2017 is £11,190. However, due to changes in how central Government finances Council Tax, part of the amount is now funded via a Council Tax Support Grant from West Lancashire Borough Council. This year, the Council Tax Support Grant is £364 and the remainder, directly funded by residents (the Precept), is £10,826.
The total of £11,190 is supplemented by a sum of £1,163 from West Lancashire Borough Council which is allocated to play area maintenance and village cleaning.
How is the money spent?
The Council depends on the support of its Parish Clerk to operate efficiently and a salary is paid. Councillors are not paid but can claim for travelling expenses.
Other expenses are administration costs (such as IT, auditing); village maintenance (cleaning, street furniture repairs etc); communication including Newburgh News; and a small number of donations.
How are we organised?
The Council meets monthly on the fourth Wednesday (except August) at 7.30pm in Newburgh School Hall and holds an annual parish meeting in May. An agenda and minutes are published. The Council appoints a chairman and vice-chairman. A committee is responsible for finance including the annual budget and a working group reviews planning applications.
In 2000 the Council published the Village Appraisal Report 1999-2000 offering a snapshot of the village and residents’ views on local matters. This was followed by Future Newburgh: The Village Plan 2003, building on the Appraisal and setting out objectives for the built environment, natural environment, pedestrian safety, young people and businesses. In 2009 the Parish Council adopted a Values and Vision Statement and an Action Plan following consultation with residents. Copies of these documents are available from the Parish Clerk.
Roll of Honour
In 2014 Newburgh Parish Council commissioned a Roll of Honour to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the start of the 1914 – 1918 World War. The Roll was prepared by military historian Richard Houghton who is Honorary Secretary of the Lathom and Burscough Military Heritage Society. Click here for more details.
United Utilities: In case of complaints about odour from the waste water plant contact Key Customer Unit Tel 0845 746 2200 (manned 24 hours) or go to https:/unitedutilities.com/help-and-support/contact-us/
Round O Quarry liaison: The quarry is now being filled with inert waste. For information on quarry operations and complaints click here or contact the Parish Clerk.
Tree Warden: For advice on village trees and bushes in public spaces please contact Sandy Beswick Tel 01257 462314