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Your Parish Council.
- Full Meetings are held on the fourth Thursday of each month (except in August and December) and are held in The Youth and Community Centre, Low Street, Collingham. Meetings start at 7.30pm.
- Environment/Planning Meetings are held on the second Thursday of each month, these are also now held in the The Youth and Community Centre, Low Street, Collingham. Meetings start at 7.30pm.
- From 7.20pm to 7.30pm members of the public are able to ask questions or address the Council at any meeting, but please note; presentations of pre-planning applications in the open forum before each meeting by potential applicants, or their representatives, is not appropriate! After 7.30pm members of the public cannot take part in the meeting unless specifically invited to do so by the chairman.
|Dates for Meetings 2013|
|to be able to select the minutes from previous meetings from a drop-down list at the foot of the page. (NB: minutes for the relevant meeting will be posted at least 14 days after the date of the agenda for that meeting.)|
|Last Agenda:||Agenda: Full Council Meeting 25 April 2013|
|Next Agenda:||Agenda: Planning Meeting 9 May 2013|
|What is a Parish Council?|
A Parish Council is a small local authority, and Its councillors are elected for 4 years. It is community based, and the most accessible tier of local government. Collingham Parish Council has 10 Councillors who try to ensure that the views of the community are taken into account by the authorities, agencies, and organisations that make legislation, and take decisions on services and issues affecting the community. The Councillor’s live within the community, and it is easy to contact both them, and the Parish Clerk.
Parish Councils have a number of formal powers and using these, Collingham Parish Council is responsible for the Play Park, the Burial Ground, the Jubilee Room on Swinderby Road and the Youth and Community Centre on Low Street, amongst other assets. (A full list of assets is available on the Parish Council Data Page on this website.). We often talk about something “belonging to the Parish Council”, but that really means that it belongs to the people of the parish.
The Parish Council responds to, and adds, comments on planning applications, structure plans, and government consultation documents. It comments on all planning applications in the Parish. Newark & Sherwood District Council then make a decision, hopefully taking into account the Parish Council’s views, though this is not always the case.
Parish Councils do not receive government grants, so raise their income from a precept, which is a tax that electors pay as part of their Council Tax bill. (See Collingham Comment).
The Parish Council is also involved in crime prevention measures, and initiatives that will improve the quality of life for residents, Speedwatch for example. Collingham Parish Council liaises with Nottinghamshire County Council regarding traffic problems.