Allerton Bywater Parish Council
THE POWER OF WELL-BEING
STATEMENT OF INTENT
Aims and Objectives
Allerton Bywater Parish Council is a Council which listens and responds to the needs and concerns of the community it serves. It will do all it can to improve the quality of life of those who live, work or visit the village of Allerton Bywater.
Defining the Community
Allerton Bywater is a rural parish, situated about 2 miles from Castleford and 8 miles to the East of Leeds in West Yorkshire, the village is well served by the A1, M62 and M1 Motorways. Our principal authority is Leeds City Council. There are approximately 650 residential properties with an electorate of 1398 (December 2009).
Allerton Bywater Parish Council is non-political with ten councillors identified via our newsletters.
Allerton Bywater Parish Council intends to consult and proactively engage with residents, businesses and visitors, irrespective of their physical ability, sex, religion or ethnic origin.
It hopes to include all residents and also
- Head Teacher and Governors of the Primary School and Brigshaw Community College
- Miners Welfare users
- Allerton Bywater Community Partnership
- Community Initiatives Sub Group
- Young people who live in the parish
- Small local businesses
- Church groups from St Mary’s the Less church
- Organisations including Brownies and Scouts and the other uniformed groups
- Farming community
- Police, Fire and Rescue services
- Neighbouring Parish Councils
Provision of Information
Allerton Bywater Parish Council has many avenues through which it communicates including:
- Notice Boards throughout the village
- Annual Parish Meeting
- Annual Report
- Publishing of Minutes and Agendas on Parish Council website
- Publishing of Meeting notices and Agendas on seven notice boards around the village
- Annual external audit of financial accounts with a synopsis published at the Annual Parish Meeting and in the Annual Report
Opportunities for Community Involvement
- Parish Council meetings are open to the public and there is an Open Forum at every meeting.
- The Annual Parish Meeting, held in April, is widely advertised in advance. It is used by the Council to report on the work done during the year. Local organisations are also invited to report on their activities. Residents are invited to comment or to voice their concerns.
- Contact with the Clerk can be made by telephone and e mail.
- Contact details for all ten councillors are published on the Parish Council website (allertonbywaterparishcouncil.co.uk)
- If an important local issue is identified, a public meeting can be arranged.
Opportunities for Formal Representation
Allerton Bywater Parish Council encourages and supports public meetings organised by the police, and Leeds City Council. We also hold one meeting on the first Saturday of every month, this is held at St Mary’s the Less Church between 10 and 11am and is attended by one Parish Councillor and one Local Councillor to give advice and hear your concerns. It is always willing to accept representation from local individuals and groups and written details should be given to the Clerk at least a week before the monthly meeting.
Involvement in Partnerships
Allerton Bywater Parish Council has one or more representatives on local organisations including:
- Community Initiatives Sub Group
- Allerton Bywater Fishing Club
- Meetings with councillors and clerks from neighbouring parish councils
Specific Areas for Community Involvement
Allerton Bywater Parish Council has a village Plan and the actions identified are being implemented over a five-year period.
Liason with Youth Club has recently been established as a channel for voicing young people’s views in Allerton Bywater and to encourage their participation in community affairs.
The Council supports the Neighbourhood Watch Scheme and encourages residents to work closely with the Neighbourhood Police Team.
A Village in Bloom and the Parish Council works to conserve and enhance the biodiversity of roadside verges and other green spaces in Allerton Bywater.
A Parish Councillor works to keep the rights of way in Allerton Bywater open and in good condition.
The Parish Council along with the Community Payback Scheme works to keep the Church Graveyard clean and tidy.
Allerton Bywater Parish Council can be contacted through the Parish Clerk:
Mrs.Julie Leighton-Eshelby 7 Carr Close, Hemingborough, Selby YO8 6YU
The website address is: www.allertonbywaterparishcouncil.co.uk
This Statement of Intent was adopted by a resolution at the meeting held on May 18th 2010.
Signed: ………………………………………………. Chairman