Welcome to Brinsworth Parish Council Website

BRINSWORTH PARISH COUNCIL

Brinsworth Parish Council has been in existence since 1895. It comprises eleven local people (Parish Councillors) who undertake their duties on a voluntary basis and they are supported by a Parish Office. There are three meetings per month (except August) and they are held on a Thursday in the Committee Room at the Community Centre on Brinsworth Lane.

The Parish Council is an essential part of the structure of the local democracy and has a vital role to play in acting on behalf of the Brinsworth community. It provides some services and owns and manages a number of facilities. In order to carry out its functions the Parish Council employs several staff:-
  • Clerk and Assistant Clerk who are responsible for finances, administration and supervision of day to day operations
  • Four Amenity Attendants who maintain the buildings, grounds, play areas and other facilities
  • Caretaker and Relief Caretaker who look after the Community Hall
  • Four Youth Workers who operate the KidZone sessions


The Parish Council raises an annual precept (an additional amount of money accounted for through the Council Tax system) which, together with the income received from hiring the facilities, at least covers the total expenditure. Any surpluses are reserved for future projects/improvements.



WHAT SERVICES DOES BRINSWORTH PARISH COUNCIL PROVIDE?

The Parish Council currently provides the following services for the benefit of residents:
  • works with RMBC to improve the environment in Brinsworth
  • works with the Police to reduce crime and anti-social behaviour
  • supports residents in the parish with any issues of concern
  • supports local issues important to residents, eg new library facilities
  • consults with RMBC regarding planning applications in the parish
  • provides grants to local community groups and schools
  • strives to bring funding from external sources into Brinsworth
  • produces a parish newsletter six times per year with local news
  • provides a KidZone session each week for school years 4, 5 and 6
  • employs staff to maintain the parish facilities
  • organises a gala, a bonfire/firework display, and a civic service
  • provides green open spaces off Brinsworth Lane and at Millennium Park
  • provides a Community Hall and Pavilion which is available for hire
  • provides 3 football pitches including changing rooms/showers for local teams
  • provides 3 childrens play areas
  • provides 3 multi-use games areas
  • provides a bowling green
  • provides Christmas decorations for community enjoyment.


WHAT CAN BRINSWORTH PARISH COUNCIL DO?

It aims to represent the views of all residents within the parish. It holds three meetings per month and these are all open to members of the public who might want to express their concerns or seek advice on local issues.

It has a wide range of powers and is involved in providing community halls and recreational facilities, maintaining open spaces and play areas, and dealing with other ‘quality of life’ issues.

It has the ability to negotiate with, and the power to influence, other organisations that make key decisions (such as Borough Council, Police, Health Authority, Highways Agency etc). In this respect the Parish Council is extremely powerful since the organisations that make the final decisions know that it will closely reflect how people in Brinsworth feel about something.

The Parish Council works hard to bring about improvements through local projects, lobbying other service providers and working in partnership with other parishes and agencies.

It is notified of all planning and licensing applications within the parish boundary and can make its views known. Quite often these are taken into account, although the final decision on such applications remains with RMBC.

Small projects, such as providing seats, clearing footpaths, planting and landscaping work can be done directly by the Parish Council. In the case of bigger projects, such as sports facilities and children’s play areas, these can often only get off the ground if the Parish Council contributes some money to start with, which can then be used to possibly unlock grants from other organisations outside the parish.

It can support residents in many ways and even if it cannot control an issue it will strive to help achieve what is best for the community of Brinsworth.

The Government sees a major role for Parish and Town Councils in reviving democracy, and modernising communities by putting more power into the hands of local people. They are looking at ways of devolving more powers to parishes from central and local government.