Who does what…
In Warwickshire there are three tiers of local government:
- County Council (in our case Warwickshire County Council);
- District Council (in our case we are in Stratford upon Avon District Council);
- Parish Council (which covers Long Itchington, Bascote and Bascote Heath).
In all three Councils there are councillors who are elected by you; usually for a 4-year term..
Warwickshire County Council
Our County Council (Warwickshire) is based in Shire Hall in Warwick, with different administrative buildings spread throughout the county. It is largely responsible for the care and support for vulnerable people, whether the elderly. the young, or families who require some form of care and help. The County Council still has some key responsibilities in learning, education and culture and runs our libraries and museums.
The County Council has an important role in maintaining a significant part of our local road network as well as certain lighting on main roads. All County Councillors are representatives of ‘divisions’ that is the geographical boundary of their electorate. Find out more about Warwickshire County Council.
Stratford District Council
The District Council ensures our household waste is collected and the County has responsibilities for disposal. Another key function is that of Planning. If you wish to make an extension to your home or even build a new estate then it is Stratford District Council that will give permission.
The District also has important functions in housing, leisure and collecting council tax. It collects local taxes for the district on behalf of the County Council and you will see from your council tax bill it also collects local taxes towards policing and fire and rescue. Find out more about Stratford District Council.
The Parish Council
Long Itchington Parish Council has a wide range of responsibilities including allotments, bus shelters, community centres, footpaths, lighting of certain roads, litter bins, the acquisition and sale of land in its parish, tree planting, public conveniences, provision of recreation grounds and facilities, public seating, open spaces (e.g. greens and ponds), signs and place names.
In addition parish councils can spend a limited amount of money on anything they deem of benefit to the community.
Parish councils must be notified of, and display for residents, any planning applications for the area. Any comments submitted to the planning authority by the Parish Council must be taken into account
Our County and District Councillors work hard to represent us and we are fortunate here in Long Itchington to have excellent working relationships across all the tiers of Local Government. If you want to know more, the County Council and Stratford District have many meetings that open to the public, or come along to an LI Parish Council meeting – these are held on the first Wednesday of every month (except August).