Parish Council

Osmotherley Area Parish Council is the tier of local government closest to the people and has an overall responsibility for the wellbeing of your local neighborhood.

It covers the Parishes of Osmotherley, Thimbleby, Kirby Sigston, Sowerby under Cotcliffe, Stank, West Harlsey, Ellerbeck, Foxton, Winton and Hallikeld.

The council meets on the third Thursday of the month, apart from August, at Osmotherley Village Hall.

Its 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 local area

The Council is an elected body for a four year period and is made up of local people representing the interests of the community. Anyone wishing to be co-opted onto the Council must apply to Council (other Councillors can recommend that they apply) then they will (or not) be elected by the Full Council. Parish and Town councils have a wide range of powers, including the ability to raise taxes (The Precept) for local projects.

What we manage:

  • Provision and maintenance of recreational areas;
  • Osmotherley Cobbled Areas;
  • Osmotherley Cemetery and Burials;
  • Osmotherley Church graveyard and retaining wall;
  • Osmotherley Toilets and Village Hall;
  • Working with the local police to reduce crime;
  • Consult on planning applications.

Amongst other things we aim to ensure the Parish Council:

  • is representative of, and actively engages, in all parts of its community, providing vision, identity and a sense of belonging;
  • is effectively and properly managed;
  • articulates the needs and wishes of its community;
  • upholds high standards of conduct;
  • is committed to work in partnership with principal local authorities and other public service agencies;
  • in proportion to its size and skills, delivers local services on behalf of principal local authorities when this represents the best deal for the local community;
  • works closely with voluntary groups in its community;
  • provides leadership to the community through its work on parish plans;
  • working with its partners, acts as an information point for local services.
  • working with North Yorkshire County Council, Hambleton District Council and North York Moors National Park

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