Parishes are the smallest areas of civil administration in England and their Town and Parish Councils provide the statutory tier of local government closest to the people. (Civil parishes should not be confused with Church of England ecclesiastical parishes and their Parochial Church Councils.)
Within Cumbria there are 268 parishes covering the whole county, except Barrow town and Walney and the central urban area of the City of Carlisle. In 2015, both Penrith and Whitehaven elected to create new civil parishes, which will be known as Town Councils. Of these 268 parishes, 233 are served by a Town or Parish Council that is elected every four years and the remainder have a Parish Meeting that is required to meet at least twice a year. In Cumbria there are three tiers of local government - the County Council, District/Borough Councils and Town/Parish Councils and Parish Meetings.
Town and Parish Councils are an essential part of the structure of local democracy and have a vital role in acting on behalf of the communities they represent. They:
Town and Parish Councils have a wide range of legal duties and powers, such as the maintenance of community buildings and land and much more. They have the power to raise money through the local council tax.
Mike Abbs 01697351722
Marian Carruthers (Chair) 016973 51466
James Birkett email@example.com
Malcolm Coates 016973 51146
David David 07770412539 firstname.lastname@example.org
James Graham 01697351109
John Harrington 016973 51331
Pauline Hinks 01228 576157 email@example.com
David Hutton 016973 51876 firstname.lastname@example.org
Annette Martin 07983253317 email@example.com
Wilson Reay 016973 51529
John Wills 016973 52131
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