The Morton & Hanthorpe Parish Council is made up of eleven elected members - comprising the Chair, Vice-Chair and nine members - all unpaid volunteers who work for the benefit of the community and all local residents. The Clerk to the Parish Council is a paid, part-time employee.
The Parish Council is fully accountable and subject to detailed audit.
Meetings of the Morton & Hanthorpe Parish Council are currently held every six weeks, with the occasional extra-ordinary meeting. Meetings are usually preceded by a public forum allowing parishioners to express any concerns or problems.
You are very welcome to attend any Parish Council meeting - advertised on the parish noticeboards - to observe how the Council carries out its procedures and to put forward any queries you may have.
All enquiries about this website or content, please contact the Parish Clerk at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A councillor is a member of the council and is normally elected for a term of 4 years.
People of any political party or religious persuasion are eligible to become a councillor, although their personal views should not extend into their parish council work. They are elected to represent the interests of the local community as a whole and promote a harmonious local environment. The number of elected councillors depends on the size of the area: Morton & Hanthorpe parish comprises of 2 wards; Morton & Morton West & Hanthorpe with 11 council seats in total.
Local Councils are the first tier of governance and are the first point of contact for anyone concerned with a community issue. They are democratically elected local authorities and exit in England, Wales & Scotland. The term ‘local council’ is synonymous with ‘parish council’, ‘town council’ and ‘community council’.
Local councils are made up of locally elected councillors. They are legally obliged to hold at least four meetings a year one of which being the annual meeting held during the month of May. Morton & Hanthorpe Parish Council meets on average every six weeks to discuss council business and hear from local residents. District councillors regularly attend parish meetings to report back to the district on developments at parish level. County councillors are also invited to attend parish meetings.
Morton & Hanthorpe Parish Council, in addition to a range of powers and duties -
* Owns, administers maintains the Haconby Lane Cemetery.
* Owns and maintains the school playing field.
* Owns and maintains the children's play equipment.
* Owns the High Street bus stops.
* Provides the street litter collection service.
* Contracts most of the parish grass cutting.
* Consults on planning applications.