There are three tiers of local government with areas of responsibility in Pilling –
'Parish and town councils are the foundation of local government. They are the level of government closest to the people and have a vital role to play in improving local quality of life. They can influence decisions that affect local people, help bring life to local communities and offer a way of making sure services meet the needs of residents'.
Parish and Town Council Charter in November 2008
Parish councils were formed in 1894 and are the smallest area of civil administration in England. They are the level of local government closest to the people. Councillors serve for a maximum period of four years.
Parish councils have a wide range of duties and powers. A council may resolve to call itself a town council if it so wishes. Councils must be given the power by law before they can act. They are led by the chairman and advised by the clerk. Meetings are open to the public. Time is allowed for residents to give their views and ask questions. Meetings are held mostly in the evening. A good council listens to its electors and represents their views. It also works in partnership with other authorities and various organisations to bring benefit to the parish/town. Councillors must sign a declaration of acceptance of office upon election and must agree to the Code of Conduct before they may act as a councillor. Money for projects is raised from local taxation (precept) and from grants. That money is spent wholly within the parish/town and will add value to the services provided by the principal authorities.
Ten local people serve as Councillors on the Parish Council. They are all volunteers and receive no pay for the work they do on behalf of the Parish. Elections to serve as a Parish Councillor are held every four years, unless there is a resignation when the casual vacancy is advertised on the notice boards and the Parish Newsletter.
An important part of the role of the Parish Council is to represent the views of the Parish in response to various public consultations.
There are full meetings of the Parish Council every month throughout the year, which take place in St. John's Primary School, Fluke Hall Lane. These meetings are held on the second Wednesday commencing at 7.00pm. All meetings of the Council are open to the public and there is a short period just after the start of each meeting put aside for questions from the public.
During the meeting the Councillors look at planning applications received by the Planning Authority and pass their comments on to them. The Parish Council always tries to represent the views put forward by local people in this regard, although sometimes this can prove difficult when an application is controversial and has both vocal support and opposition amongst local residents. Nevertheless, members of the Council take a vigilant approach in representing the local viewpoint, and encourage objectors/supporters of planning applications to attend meetings and put forward their views.
The Parish's War Memorial is looked after by the Parish Council. It is situated on the front lawn of St. John the Baptist Church, School Lane. The Parish Council also work in partnership with the Royal British Legion to organise the annual service of remembrance in November.
The Christmas Tree is located on the Village Green, School Lane and is provided each year by the Parish Council. The lighting up ceremony is held on the first Monday of December at 7.00pm, when carols are sung to the accompaniment of Pilling Jubilee Silver Band. Both the Primary Schools are invited and join in with the festivities and the ecumenical group bless the proceedings and the tree.
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