Areas of responsibility

What is the Parish Council for?

Generally the role of a parish council is to improve the quality of community life for their parish and its inhabitants.

As a local Council, we are the tier of local government below the level of the District Councils and County Council in Nottinghamshire.  We have an overall responsibility for the well-being of our local neighbourhood and our work, as other local councils, falls into three main categories:
  • representing our local community when decisions are being made
  • delivering services to meet local needs
  • striving to improve the quality of life in our Parish
Individual powers include: the provision and maintenance of community transport schemes, traffic calming measures, local youth projects, tourism activities, leisure facilities, car parks, village greens, public lavatories, litter bins, street lighting, street cleaning, burial grounds, allotments, bus shelters, commons, opens spaces, footpaths, bridleways, and crime reduction measures.

The Parish Council responds to and comments on planning applications, structure plans, government discussion documents. It comments on every planning application in the Parish; Newark and Sherwood District Council then makes the final decision, taking into account the Parish Council's views. 

We often work and cooperate with bigger councils in our area - the 'principal authorities' Newark and Sherwood District Council and Nottinghamshire County Council - in ensuring the effective delivery of services to the local community.

Very importantly, the Parish Council can "precept" - raise a sum collected with the council tax each year to improve facilities and services for local people.  Read more

How does the Parish Council help community well-being in Oxton?