Located on and around the famous Lickey Hills, we are just 10 miles from Birmingham city centre and 20 miles from Worcester. We are served locally by the village of Barnt Green, the market town of Bromsgrove and the newly developed Longbridge Town. At full compliment, we are nine councillors covering the five principally residential wards – Shepley, Lickey Monument, Lickey Grange, Lickey and Linthurst. Home to around 3300 electors in an area which runs from Barnt Green Cricket Club, to the Alcester Road in Burcot and down the Old Birmingham Road into Marlbrook. We organise a number of varied activities during the year and encourage all residents to become involved in their community.
A Parish Council is the first and most local tier of Government. For administration purposes, the parish is within the County of Worcestershire and one of 19 Parish Councils in the District of Bromsgrove.
The Parish Council is funded by parish residents via their council tax – you will see a separate line in your council tax bill to fund the Parish Councils precept (amongst the lowest precepts in the district – £22.43 for a band D property). Parish Councils can apply for funding such as grant and funding awards, but they do not receive funds direct from central government, as principal authorities do. The Parish Council is accountable to external audit for monies spent.
The councillors are elected every four years, the next being May 2023, but can be co-opted at any time between elections. As a councillor, you have the opportunity to represent your local community – further details are available from the Executive Officer. The council has a range of duties and powers which are used to maintain and improve the local environment. The Parish Council also has a role in consultation with the District and County Councils on certain matters and strives to influence those bodies for the benefit of the parish. All councillors are obliged to follow the Council Code of Conduct.
As a statutory consultee, the Parish Council is notified on all planning applications, and each one is reviewed by the Planning Committee. The Public Access system within Bromsgrove District Councils website also allows residents to view and comment on Planning Applications.
All residents are welcome to attend parish council meetings, which are usually held on the first Monday of the month at 7.30pm, either at The Wheel in Blackwell or the Trinity Centre in Lickey (no meeting August and January). Councillors can be available before the meeting starts for consultation, and a time is allocated for public questions at the start of the meeting. Our District and County Councillors are often in attendance.
Activities include a best front garden competition, parish walk, Christmas tree lighting ceremonies, and a tea for our senior residents – our aim is for all residents to become involved in their community.
Any queries, please contact Lisa Winterbourn, Executive Officer
on 07930 837 770 or by email here