Welcome to the Roxton Parish Council website, we hope that it provides you with the information you require as well as keeping you up to date with the activities and events taking place within the Parish.
Roxton Parish is a small village situated in North Bedfordshire. From an administrative perspective, the village is within the Bedford Borough Council area, and this authority manages all of the primary public services delivered – health, education, welfare, law and order, transport, roads maintenance and roads and housing planning strategy.
Roxton Parish Council manages the local aspects of public services – local planning approvals, parks and public spaces maintenance, street lighting, litter and dog mess bins provision. We liaise closely with various local and national government organisations as well as commercial enterprises where appropriate. Very often this is to raise to their attention an issue that is causing concern to residents within the Parish – crime, traffic in the village, speeding along the C44, road resurfacing requirements, changes to the Black Cat roundabout and getting the local concerns heard.
The Parish Council also manages the Football and Cricket playing field and pavilion facilities, working with the local clubs to maintain and improve the facilities available. The Parish Council is funded from the precept component of the Council Tax, and is staffed by councillors who can be voted in or out at the Local Government elections. The Clerk of the council is a professional paid post, and is there to make sure that all Parish Council activities are legal and in line with laid down guidelines.
The Parish Council meets once every two months, usually on the second Monday of that month. An agenda for each meeting is always published in advance – and members of the public are welcome to ask for items to be placed on an agenda for consideration and discussion by the Council. All parishioners are welcome to attend the Council meetings and express a view, a concern or just to observe proceedings.
What is a Parish Council?
Parish or Town Councils are an important tier of Government within the UK; a Parish/Town Council is the smallest and most localised tier of local government in the UK and is a properly constituted local authority.
The powers and duties, and the manner in which a Parish Council operates are laid out in local government statute and regulations; Parish Councils operate at a level below national government and also below district and borough councils. Parish & Town Councils are elected and can help on a number of local issues, like planning applications or running local sports grounds and community halls.
The Parish Council has legal responsibilities as an employer, and sometimes as an owner of public land and buildings.
Parish Councils are Statutory Bodies, having powers under a number of different Acts (the Local Government Act 1972, the Public Health Act 1936, etc.). Only a few Councils need to use all their available powers. It is up to each Council to choose what is appropriate for the community they serve.
The Council raises funds by the annual Precept is set in January of each year. The amount required is guided by the setting of the annual budget in the November preceding.
The Parish Council precept is added to the Council Tax bill and collected by Central Bedfordshire Council (on behalf of the Parish Council).
The Council also raises funds through grants from other organisations.
We will endeavour to keep the information provided on our own site accurate and up to date.
If you spot any errors or omissions please contact us by email so that we can investigate and correct.