A parish council is the first tier of local government. The parish of Cawthorne is in the Metropolitan Borough of Barnsley.
There are nine seats on the parish council with the councillors being elected from the local community.
Parish Council meetings are held in the Moxon Room, Cawthorne Village Hall, Tivy Dale, Cawthorne on the first Thursday of the month.
Cawthorne Parish Council owns the cemetery, the Orchard play area and The Peace Garden. It also provides the village litter bins, dog litter bins and bus shelters.
The parish council is not responsible for the maintenance of footpaths, roads, road signs, the village green and roadside verges; these are all the responsibility of Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council.
Who can become a
You must be over the age of 18 and either
are on the electoral roll for the parish of Cawthorne
during the whole of the past twelve months have occupied
as owner or tenant of any land or other premises in the parish
during the whole the past twelve months had your
principal or only place or work in the parish
during the whole the past twelve months resided
in the parish or within three miles of it
What does a council and
Councillors play a vital part in representing the interests of their
local community and improving the quality of life and the local environment. They
bring local issues to the attention of the council and help it make decisions
on behalf of the local community. They can influence other decision makers and
may deliver services to meet the local needs.
Parliament has granted powers to parish councils to raise money through
the precept and to spend public money, although it can only spend it where it
has legal powers to do so.
Responsibility and obligations
of a councillor
council meetings, usually held on the first Thursday of the month in the
Moxon Room, Cawthorne village hall at 7.30pm.
- Agree to
abide by the Council’s code of conduct (act with integrity etc.)
pecuniary and other interests (pecuniary interests include property owned,
employment; other interests includes membership of a trade union,
involvement in an organisation in the village) which will be displayed on
Barnsley Council’s and Cawthorne Parish Council’s websites. A councillor
cannot take part in the discussion and vote on any item on which he has
had to declare an interest in.
the whole electorate
You may also wish to sit on one or more of
the committees that Cawthorne Parish Council has - Planning, which involves
making comment on planning applications, Budget and Finance which involves
setting the budget and recommending the precept level, Staffing which deals with all staffing matter, and Cemetery which deals with the cemetery and closed churchyard.
If you wish to know more or discuss
anything, please contact the parish council clerk or speak to one of the existing