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Role of the Parish

St Cuthbert Without Parish Council is a locally elected body who make decisions on the management and use of various assets owned and/or controlled by the Parish Council. They ensure that money allocated for local use through taxation is efficiently spent in the interests of the parish.

The Parish Council can also act as a voice for the community by helping to channel any community concern regarding major developments or other issues to the correct authorities and often works alongside community groups. The council meets six times per year.

Councillors also represent the Parish Council on various outside bodies and local community groups.

The Parish Council aims to:

  • Give views on behalf of community on planning applications and other proposals
  • Undertake projects and schemes that benefit local residents
  • Work in partnership with other bodies to achieve benefits for the Parish
  • Alert relevant bodies to problems that arise or works that need to be done in the Parish
  • Help City Council and the County Council keep in touch with the local community
  • Take care of the assets of the Parish Council – benches, bus shelters, noticeboards etc
  • Provide services such as street lighting; play areas; picnic areas and maintain Commons and Village Greens