The Cornforth Parish Council

Cornforth Partnership is pleased to support the Parish Council and hosts regular sessions where you can meet the councillors
It also hosts and manages the webpage and provides ongoing information to the resident of West Cornforth
A parish council is a type of local authority found in England which is the lowest, or first, tier of local government.They are elected bodies and have variable tax raising powers. Parish councils are responsible for areas known as civil parishes.

Parish councils have the power to precept (tax) their residents to support their operations and to carry out local projects. Although there is no limit to the amount that can be precepted, the money can only be raised for a limited number of purposes, defined in the 1894 Act and subsequent legislation.

Parish councils have powers to provide some facilities themselves, or they can contribute towards their provision by others. There are large variations in the services provided by parishes, but they can include the following


Support and encouragement of arts and crafts

Provision of village halls

Recreation grounds, parks, children's play areas, playing fields and swimming baths

Cemeteries and crematoria

Maintenance of closed churchyards

Cleaning and drainage of ponds etc.

Control of litter

Public conveniences

Creation and maintenance of footpaths and bridleways

Provision of cycle and motorcycle parking

Acquisition and maintenance of rights of way

Public clocks

War memorials

Encouragement of tourism