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.
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:
Vacancy for a Parish Councillor
We currently have a vacancy for a Parish Councillor. Please see attached notice for details. If an election is not necessary, the Parish Council will fill the vacancy by co-option. If you are interested in becoming a Parish Councillor, please contact the Parish Clerk.
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 and Annual Report. Our website www.newburghlancs.co.uk contains much information on the village and we supplement our communications via www.Facebook.com/newburghlancs
- 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 Work Plan is prepared each year. Copies of these documents are available from the Parish Clerk
How are we funded?
The budget for 2023/24 is £17,328. 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 £290 and the remainder, directly funded by residents (the Precept), is £17,038.
The total of £17,328 is supplemented by a sum of £930 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 7pm 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.
The Parish Council has a Values and Vision Statement a Work Plan which is updated annually.
In 2019 the Council submitted a detailed response to the West Lancashire Borough Council Local Plan proposals. Planning applications affecting Newburgh are also published on this website (see links above).
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 Roll of Honour information for more details.
United Utilities: In case of complaints about odour from the waste water plant contact Key Customer Unit Tel 0345 6723723 (manned 24 hours) or go to http://unitedutilities.odour.sgizmo.com/s3/
Round O Quarry liaison: The quarry is now full and due for restoration. For information on Round O Quarry operations 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
Peter Lathom Trust
Parish Councils including Newburgh appoint Trustees to the Peter Lathom Trust which works to try and identify those who may be eligible under the Charity’s current scheme to assist those “in need, hardship or distress.” Phil Atty (Tel 01257 463469) is the Newburgh Councillor who serves as a Trustee and is responsible for a yearly distribution of grants from the Trust. Previous grants have been made to the village school, the church and other village organisations such as the Scouts and Women’s Institute.
For general enquiries please contact the Clerk to the Peter Lathom Charity c/o 71-73 Hoghton Street, Southport PR9 0PR.
To raise any issues please contact the Parish Clerk, Sandra Jones. Tel 01704 892520; email firstname.lastname@example.org