The Parish Council is a civil local authority and the first tier of local government. It has certain tax raising powers (through levying a “precept” collected with the Council Tax) and it's remit is to improve community well-being and provide better services at local level. Its activities fall into three main categories: representing the local community, delivering certain services to meet local needs, and improving quality of life and community well-being. In practical terms:
through the employment of the Lengthsman, and in conjunction with volunteers, looks after the village greens and local footpaths
is responsible for renting out the allotments behind Church Bank
liaises with and monitors the activities at Leaper’s Wood and Back Lane quarries
provides the major financial support for the village magazine, The Over Kellet View
monitors and comments on all planning matters which may have an impact on the village
makes representations to Lancaster District Council and Lancashire County Council on road safety and traffic calming measures.
appoints the trustees of the Thomas Withers Charity
provides the bus shelter at the village hall
organises events which will benefit the community, such as the erection and lighting of the Christmas tree on the village green
appoints one of the trustees of the village hall
maintains the SPID (Speed Indicating Device)
above all it is committed to safeguarding the environment and quality of life in our ancient village
Particular plans for 2016/2017
in conjunction with St Cuthbert’s Church again organise a suitable Act of Remembrance on Remembrance Sunday, November 13th - starting in the church and finishing on the village green
erect a Christmas tree on the village green and in conjunction with Wilson’s Endowed Primary School and St Cuthbert’s Church organise a ‘switch-on’ event on December 3rd.
form a sub-comittee to produce an Emergency Plan for the village to safeguard the well-being of residents should abnormal events occur, such as flooding or loss of power
in conjunction with St. Cuthbert’s Church produce an information pack for distribution to new residents moving into the village
construct a bus shelter on the village green
construct a viewing area and a seat at the top of Mrs Shuttleworth’s field at the top of Cockle Hill in recognition of HM The Queen’s ninetieth birthday
in conjunction with the School, Church and other village organisations organise an Autumn village ‘gala’ on 24th September.
promote the installation of hyperfast broadband in the village through the joining of the B4RN project.
Over Kellet Parish Councillors
Over Kellet is entitled to elect up to 7 councillors, a quorum being 3. Elections take place by secret ballot every four years. The council meets monthly (except in August) on the second Tuesday of the month at 7.15pm in Wilson’s Endowed Primary School. Any resident is welcome to attend as an observer. The Annual Meeting takes place in May, at which the Chairman is elected for the ensuing year.
Chairman and responsible for liaison with local quarries
Vice Chairman and representative on the LALC
Liaison with the lengthsman and Village Tidy Group
Village Allotments liaison
Village Hall Trustee