Welcome to the Wheelton Parish Council Website
The Role of Wheelton Parish Council
There has been a Parish Council in Wheelton for more than 100 years with the first Council meeting in 1894. The last parish council was formed in May 2006. Wheelton Parish covers the settlements of Higher Wheelton, Wheelton village (sometimes known locally as Lower Wheelton), Briars and Buckholes Brow and Logwood. The parish also extends south-east to Wheelton Plantation and Wheelton Moor.
Who We Are?
Wheelton Parish Council is made up of voluntary Councillors who are elected for a four year term of office. The Council meets at the Village Hall, West View (at the top of Meadow Street). Meetings are normally held on the first Monday of each month, starting at 8:00pm to approximately 9:30pm.
There are 7 Wheelton Parish Councillors elected to serve Wheelton Parish Council, they are responsible for decisions affecting the Parish.
Councillors are elected for a maximum term of 4 years. They must be over 21, be an elector or reside/work in the parish. They are required to sign a formal declaration of office and agree to abide by a Code of Conduct.
Councillors have a responsibility to listen and take an active part in meetings by suggesting ideas and engaging in constructive debate. They make collective decisions in the interests of the community. Councillors should abide by the majority decision and may not make a decision or act individually on behalf of the Council.
Councils must appoint a Proper Officer and a Responsible Financial Officer (Clerk) to discharge its functions.
What We Do?
Issues of continuing concern to the Parish Council include policing of the village, parking, road safety, leisure facilities and the environment of the village. Please note that agenda's are published on the Parish Noticeboards a week prior to the meeting date. Parish noticeboards for Wheelton can be found at the War Memorial Wheelton and outside stocks garage or the petrol station in Higher Wheelton.
Wheelton Parish Council works closely with Chorley Borough Council and neighbouring Parish Councils on issues of common interest.
The Clerk is an independent, professional officer employed by the Council. They are answerable to the Council as a whole and cannot act on the instructions of individual Councillors. The Council may delegate powers and functions to the Clerk and these are specified in Standing Orders.
The Clerk manages Parish Council business, implements Council decisions, undertakes research, produces reports and provides independent, objective and professional advice. They are responsible for administration and communication with the public and helps increase the awareness of the Council by producing Newsletters and managing Websites.
In Wheelton, the Clerk is also the responsible financial officer providing financial management information by completing budgets and precepts for approval, processing accounts and payments and dealing with audit arrangements.