The Parish Council obtains its funding from what is known as the precept. This comes from the local element of resident’s council tax collected by the Borough Council (approximately £ for a band D property 2023/24).
Croston Parish covers an area of 2,449 acres and the village has 2,339 (2019) electors and population of 2,917 (2011 Census figure).
Financial regulations govern the conduct of financial management by the council.
Precept figure for 2023-24 is £ (does not include the £1,440 Chorley Council Top up grant).Clerk to the Council
The business of the Council is managed by the Clerk (an employee of the Council). The Clerk is not a Councillor and does not make decisions for the Council but does advise of developments, law, requirements etc. The Clerk manages the Council business such as the financial matters, employee supervision, minutes, meeting arrangements, paperwork, agendas, noticeboards, continuous projects, council assets, emergency repairs etc.Responsibilities
The Parish Council is responsible for the amenities it provides such as its own seats, noticeboards, open spaces etc. Responsibility for other items such as highways, footpaths, and street lighting lies with the County Council, and refuse and recycling collection, street cleansing, litter bins etc lies with the Borough Council.
The Parish Council has input into matters which effect the village such as planning applications, which are controlled by Chorley Council, but which are copied to the Parish Council for comment/recommendation/suggestion/objection etc.
The Parish Council is non-political. It is solely involved in issues, items and developments for the village's benefit and assistance.Lengthsman
The Parish Council employs a Lengthsman to pick up litter on pavements and land owned by the council within the village. He works all year round concentrating on the main roads through the centre of the village and the Recreation Park. When time permits, he will also visit the estates.Decisions
All decisions are decided by vote. Each Councillor has one vote with the Chairman of the Council having one vote, but also an additional casting vote, if it is required.
Standing Orders are the written rules which regulate the proceedings of the Council.