How Does the Council Work?

All councils  adopt a set of Standing Orders. These provide an agreed procedure for discussion, decision and action and bring certainty and consistency in the way business is conducted. They lay down how meetings are conducted, contracts handled and matters can be delegated to committees and officers.

In order to ensure accountability for the proper administration of the council’s finances, all local councils are required by law to appoint a Responsible Financial Officer (RFO). This role is carried out by the Clerk at Garstang Town Council. Councils are also required to adopt a set of Financial Regulations. These serve a similar purpose to Standing Orders with respect to the financial procedures of the council.

Garstang Town Council meets on the third Monday of each month and is open to all residents of Garstang. Meetings are usually held in the library, on Windsor Road

A council cannot be effective in serving its local community unless the community has 100% confidence in the integrity of councillors and believes that all council decisions are taken solely for the benefit of the community. For this reason all councillors are required by law to abide by the council’s Code of Conduct and are required to sign a Declaration to that effect when they take up office. In addition all councillors are required to enter their financial and other interests in a Register kept for this purpose and which is open to inspection by the general public.

Town and Parish Councils are an essential part of the structure of local democracy and have a vital role in acting on behalf of the communities they represent.
They:

  • give views, on behalf of the community, on planning applications and other proposals that affect the parish
  • undertake projects and schemes that benefit local residents
  • work in partnership with other bodies to achieve benefits for the parish
  • alert relevant authorities to problems that arise or work that needs to be undertaken
  • help the other tiers of local government keep in touch with their local communities

Local Councils have a wide range of powers and duties. Click here to view the main ones; it is not a complete list of every single power and duty.

They have the power to raise money through the local council tax.