A parish council is the first level of local government, closest to the community.
On its own, a parish council has limited powers. However, it does have the ability to discuss and negotiate with other local authorities that make the final decisions, such as Ribble Valley Borough Council and Lancashire County Council. A parish council also has the power to raise money to cover their costs through the parish precept, which is included in the council tax bill.
Barrow Parish Council has the following responsibilities:
- It owns and maintains Barrow Playing Field.
- It owns and maintains the grassed area and flower beds at Trafford Gardens, as well as the grassed pathway to the side of the bungalows on Washbrook Close leading to the playing field.
- It cleans some bus shelters in the village and maintain several benches and grass verges.
- It jointly owns Whalley, Wiswell and Barrow Cemetery along with Whalley and Wiswell Parish Councils.
- It raises parish matters with the relevant authorities, such as Ribble Valley Borough Council, Lancashire County Council, the Police, the Environment Agency and United Utilities.
- It is a statutory consultee on all planning applications affecting the parish. It considers each application on its merits and will respond to every consultation. The final decision on whether the application is approved or refused is made by the planning authority, not the parish council.
- It employs a ‘lengthsman’ to carry out maintenance on the open space areas in the village, keeping the village clean, tidy and a pleasant place for residents to live