Parish Council information

Information

Kinnerley Parish is divided into 4 wards: Argoed, Kynaston, Edgerley and Maesbrook. A map showing the boundaries of each ward is attached below.

Parish Councils are the part of local government closest to the people.  It is not a voluntary organisation, a charity or something to do with the church.  It is an elected body made up of Councillors who are volunteers and not paid for the service they give to the community.  Parish Councils serve their local community and provide a range of localised services.  Very importantly, Parish Councils can “precept” – raise a sum collected with the council tax each year to improve facilities and service for local people.

Parish Councils were first created under the Local Government Act 1894 and they are still being created.  As Parish Councils were created in law, they can only act within the law, by exercising those powers and functions which have been conferred on them by Statute (ie Acts of Parliament).

The Council represents and serves the whole community.  Most communities are made up of smaller communities, often with different interests; a Council’s duty is to serve them all.  The Council balances the needs of different elements of all the community to get the best results.  Frequently, Councils have the difficult task of deciding what the best result might be.

Parish Councils have a number of basic responsibilities in making the lives of local communities more comfortable, many of which are often taken for granted.  Essentially these powers fall within three main categories; representing the whole electorate within the parish; delivering services to meet local needs; and striving to improve the quality of life in the parish.

Services

The Council provides several services.

Street Lighting – the Council provides a number of the street lights in the Parish. These have recently been upgraded to LED lights which are much more energy efficient. If you notice a problem with any of the street lights please contact the Parish Clerk and she will make sure it is resolved.

Grounds Maintenance – the Council maintains a number of green areas and amenity spaces around the Parish and employs an external contractor to carry out those duities on its behalf.

Notice Boards – the Council/Parish has a number of notice boards.

Kinnerley Play Area and BMX Track - the Council is responsible for the maintenance of the play area and BMX track.