Metheringham Parish Council

Metheringham, Sots Hole and Tanvats Parish Council 2011 - 2012

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From 01 July 2012 - Metheringham Parish Council's New Website

From 01 July 2012 this page will no longer be updated,

Welcome to the Metheringham, Sots Hole and Tanvats Parish Council Web page.

History of Parish Councils

Parish Councils first came into existence in 1894, the council is a statutory body and is generally know as the first tier of local government as it is closest to the electorate.  The council is a corporate body, members cannot act on their own and must abide by the majority decisions.  The council can discharge some of their functions by delegating to a committee, a sub-committee, an officer of the authority (normally the clerk) or another local authority.  The main purpose of the council is to give a ‘grass roots’ service to the community as a whole.  The parish council operates under legislation from parliament for example the Local Government Act 1972 and the Parish Councils Act 1957.  It is the council’s responsibility to act lawfully and abide by the policies and procedures set for the council.    The council is also responsible for any activities and decisions made by members and employees.  Employees such as the clerk may carry out duties, but must not take over the responsibility of the council.  The parish council receives funding annually from the precept which is paid from the electorate, through the district council. 

Metheringham Parish Council

Due to a recent Community Governance (Parish) Review, Metheringham Parish Council has abolished the Metheringham Fen Parish Ward Boundary, this is now incorporated within the Metheringham Village Ward.

The Parish Council has also increased in numbers from eleven members to thirteen members.  The duties of a Parish Councillor are varied, as the Council is responsible for many aspects of the village.  The Council has a number of working groups, where members are involved in different activities, a full list can be found under the heading Committees and Working Groups. 

Metheringham Parish Council Services

The Parish Council is responsible for many of the services within the village, these include:

• Provision of Play equipment and maintenance of Shiregate and Prince’s Street Play Parks
• Grass cutting of the playing fields
• Public Toilets – Fen Road
• Provision of dog waste bins
• Provision of litter bins
• Provision of public seats
• Provision of finger post information signs located in the war memorial garden and Prince’s Street car park
• Allotments
• Parish Dog Warden
• Village litter picker
• Village handyman
• Public Toilet Caretaker
• Play Park Warden
• 195 Street Lights
• Youth/Meeting Shelter
• Public and Parish Notice boards
• War Memorial
• Quarterly magazine produced in conjunction with MACLA

Metheringham Parish Council Events

The Parish Council is responsible for organizing the following events:

• Annual Village Meeting (open to all the electorate, normally held in April)
• Armed Forces Flag Raising Ceremony (June)
• Fayre and Feast Celebrations (October)
• Remembrance Day Service (in conjunction with the local churches- November)
• Christmas Light Switch on and Carol Singing (December)

Latest Metheringham Parish Council News

Parish Council News Archive

Metheringham Parish Council Meeting and Surgery Dates

Parish Council meetings normally take place in the Village Hall on the last Tuesday of every month, Planning Committee meetings on the second Wednesday of the month and the various working groups meet as and when required. Check the Metheringham Area Events Diary for the dates of the next meeting.

Prior to the official start of the meeting a public forum of not more than 15 minutes will be held if required.  The public may address the council or planning committee between 7.15pm and 7.30pm on current matters, or issues which may become future agenda items.  The public are welcome to stay and observe all of the meeting. 

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