Benwick Parish Council
Benwick Parish Council is the lowest level of local government and consists of 7 elected members. Elections are held every four years, with the next one occurring in May 2015.
The Parish Council meet on the first Tuesday of each month, in the side room of the village hall.
The council conducts a number of roles. From the money it receives via council tax, as well as the money from concurrent functions the council organise the maintenance of the village verges and the cemetery. The council are also responsible for the first stages of planning applications, where they give their recommendations to Fenland DC who have the final say in whether plans are passed or rejected.
The parish council also own a number of the street lights in the village, and it is their responsibility to ensure that they are working correctly, many of the newer street lights have been adopted by Fenland DC or Cambridgeshire CC and the parish council report problems should these ones not be working. As well as this, the Parish Council are responsible for:
- The recycling bins in the Chapel Gardens car Park
- The Bus Shelter
- The War Memorial
- The Cemetery
- The Mooring
Some things the Parish Council are not responsible for are:
- The Play Park
- The High Street Cemetry (Strict Baptists)
- The Old Cemetry, next to the present one
Regardless of whether the Parish Council is responsible for something or not, it can be reported to them, and they will get in touch with the releveant people, this includes any problems you may encounter such as potholes in the roads, faulty street lights, empty grit bins, full street litter bins etc.
There is 15 minutes at the beginning of every Parish Council meetings where the public can ask any questions, or raise any concerns to the Parish Council.