The Role of the Town Council
The principal function of the Town Council is to represent local interests at grass roots level, and to promote and watch over the particular interests of Whitnash.
Specific responsibilities of the Town Council are:
- The management of local public properties such as the Acre Close Community Centre, but also including village greens, playing fields, and the war memorial.
The provision of certain local services including allotments and public benches.
- Encouragement of voluntary initiatives, and grant-aid to voluntary effort.
- Defence of local interests, with the statutory right to see all planning applications, and make recommendations on them to the District Planning Authority. The Council is also consulted prior to the making of bye-laws, and can represent the views of the townspeople at public inquiries.
- Arrange the Annual Mayor Making, Annual Parish Meeting, the Mayor’s Civic Services at the Whitnash churches, and the annual Civic Dinner.
In addition, Whitnash Town Council is often the first point of contact for residents highlighting issues that are the responsibility of other organisations such as Warwickshire County Council, Warwick District Council and Whitnash Safer Neighbourhood Police team.
In these instances, your Town Councillors and the Town Clerk will pass on the information to the relevant organisation. However, you can contact the other organisations directly, if you wish.
The table below shows which Council has prime responsibility for each service, and provides a link to the relevant web page if one exists. Contact telephone numbers for the Councils are provided at the bottom of the page.
|Activity or Service||Council|
|Allotments Whitnash Allotment Charity for the Labouring Poor and Whitnash Working Mens Allotment Association||WTC|
|Allotments at end of Dobson Lane||WDC|
|Archives and Local Studies||WCC|
|Blue Badges (disabled parking)||WCC|
|Building Regulations/Building Control||WDC|
|Car Parks - Acre Close/Coppice Road/Home Farm Crescent shops||WCC|
|Childrens Services & Lifelong Learning||WCC|
|Christmas Lights Switch On||WTC|
|Civic Events (Promoted by The Mayor)||WTC|
|Consumer Protection/Advice (personal and business)||WCC|
|Council Tax Collection||WDC|
|Community Centre, Acre Close||WTC|
|Dog Warden/Dog Fouling||WDC|
|Education (Including free school meals)||WCC|
|Family Information Service/Childcare Information||WCC|
|Fire & Rescue Service||WCC|
|Fire Safety Enquiries (homes and businesses)||WCC|
|Grants for Various Activities||WDC|
|Grants for Various Activities||WCC|
|Grants to Voluntary Organisations (based in Whitnash)||WTC|
|Greens (such as Chapel Green)||WTC|
|Health and Community Services||WCC|
|Local Plan (Warwick District)||WDC|
|Minerals & Waste Policies||WCC|
|Museums & Art Galleries||WCC|
|Neighbourhood Plan (for Whitnash)||WTC|
|Noticeboards in Whitnash||WTC|
|Parks and play equipment (Acre Close & Washbourne Field)||WTC|
|Planning Consultation (relating to Whitnash Town)||WTC|
|Refuse Disposal & Recycling Collection||WDC|
|Registration birth, marriages and deaths||WCC|
|Remembrance Sunday in Whitnash||WTC|
|Road Safety, Road Signs and Road Markings||WCC|
|Social Care & Health for both Adults & Children||WCC|
|Street furniture (noticeboards, benches, salt/grit bins)||WTC|
|Street Lighting (Highways)||WCC|
|Trades Description/Trading Standards||WCC|
|War Memorial at St Margarets Church, Whitnash||WTC|
|Waste Disposal & Recycling||WCC|
|Waste & Recycling Collection (Household)||WDC|
|Whitnash Tymes (publication and distribution)||WTC|