Asby Parish Council is a local authority that makes decisions on behalf of the residents of Great Asby, Little Asby, and the surrounding area. It is the level of government closest to the community, with Eden District Council above it in the hierarchy.
Note: You can find details of your repesentatives in the higher levels of government here.
What does the Parish Council do?
The Parish Council aims to improve facilities and services for the parish and considers matters referred to it by local residents, Eden District Council, Cumbria County Council, and central Government. Asby is also part of the Yorkshire Dales National Park authority who are responsible for planning in our area.
The Parish Council has duties which it must carry out by law, and powers that it can use if it chooses. The Government is encouraging parish councils to deliver more services and play a greater role in the community.
To help carry out its duties the Parish Council raises a ‘precept’ – a sum of money collected through your council tax. In the autumn of each year the Council reviews its plans for the following year and agrees a budget and precept for that year.
Some of the matters that Asby Parish Council
is involved with are:
- Planning applications
- Highways maintenance
- Housing provision
- Street lighting
- The burial ground
- Play areas and village greens
- Public seating
- Local bus service
Local Government Reorganisation 2021
The government is conducting a consultation into local government reorganisation (LGR) in three areas of England, including Cumbria.
The current local authorities have already been invited to present their proposals. This has resulted in 4 different submissions, 3 from groups of district authorities plus one from Cumbria County Council.
The government has now opened up the discussion to public consultation. It’s consultation document can be found here, along with details as to how you may respond. Please note that the deadline for engaging in this consultation is 11:45pm on 19 April 2021.