THE ROLE OF THE TOWN COUNCIL
Much Wenlock Town Council was founded in 1974 following the Local Government Act 1972. Its function is to serve local residents who live in the parish of Much Wenlock. The population is 3,041 with 1,257 households (2001 cencus) and there are 2,265 electors.
The Town Council has eleven councillors who work as a corporate body and make decisions for the benefit of the local community. The Council’s Town Clerk provides independent, objective and professional advice, information and administrative support to councillors. Under the direction of the Town Clerk, the Councils decisions are implemented by the Council’s staff who work as a team to serve the local community.
Under local government legislation the Town Council has the power to improve the quality of community life by spending money on things, which it thinks will benefit the parish or its inhabitants, and many kinds of activities are aided in this way.
The Town Council holds monthly meetings, normally on the first Thursday of each month, although this may vary according to bank holidays. Dates, times and venues of these meetings are advertised on the Council’s notice board, local newspapers and on the Council’s website. Members of the public are most welcome to attend and speak to Members about any issues during the public session of Council meeting, or just sit and listen.
The Town Council is the most local part of the democratic system and acts as a voice that can make a difference to the quality of life within its local community. Town Councillors are community leaders who represent the aspirations of residents who live in their parish and endeavour to achieve them. Town Councillors also have close links with local community groups, schools and churches within the parish.
Councillors meet monthly and decide which activities to support, what services should be delivered and how they should be financed. Members of the public are welcome to attend Council meetings where time is set aside for them to speak to councillors about any concerns they may have.
The Town Council has the following committees:
- Planning & Environment
- Finance & Resources
- Disciplinary & Grievance
The Council’s work falls into three main categories:
- Representing the local community.
- Delivering services to meet local needs.
- Striving to improve the quality of life in the parish of Much Wenlock.
Much Wenlock Town Council maintains the following:
- The Corn Exchange
- The Guildhall
- The Cooke Clock (on behalf of the charity) and the Square
- The cemetery
- The cemetery Field
- The Gaskell Recreation Ground (on behalf of the Gaskell Recreation Ground Much Wenlock - a registered charity)
- Two bus shelters
- The 'Olympian Trail'
- The Pound
- Public toilets at St. Mary's Lane and Queen Street
and provides the following services:
- Street lighting
Each year the Town Council calculates how much money is needed to improve facilities and provide local services, and this money is collected through local taxation called the precept. The Council derives some income from lettings, tourism, markets and grants, and this helps to keep the precept lower than it might otherwise be.
WHAT DO TOWN COUNCILLORS DO?
Councillors attend meetings where they make decisions on what activities they would like to support, what local services should be delivered, and where and how much money should be spent on these services.
Day to day work of councillors includes attending meetings of local organisations and the local authority, and dealing with issues on behalf of members of the public.