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Ribble Banks Parish Council

A parish council is a local authority that makes decisions on behalf of the people in the parish. It is the level of government closest to the community, with the district authority in our case being Craven District Council. As it is the authority closest to the people, parish councils are invariably the first place people will go with concerns or ideas.

Parish councils make all kinds of decisions on issues that affect the local community. Probably the most common topics that parish councils get involved with are planning matters (they are statutory consultees), highways repairs, crime prevention, managing open spaces and supporting local community buildings to deliver better services and facilities.

Although on their own, parish councils have limited powers to make decisions, they do have the ability to negotiate with, and the power to influence, those other organisations that do make the final decisions, such as Craven District Council and North Yorkshire County Council.

In this respect parish councils have power and can exert influence. The organisations that make the final decisions know that a parish council gives the best reflection of how a community feels about something, and its views will be taken seriously.