The Role of Whittingham Parish Council
There are 3 tiers of Local Government – County Council, District Council and Parish Council. Councils are made up of individual Councillors, who are elected to serve the needs of their locality. Parish Councils represents the first tier of Local Government - the tier closest to local residents.
For more information about each Council and its function browse our website.
Local Authorities - Who Does What?
Whittingham Parish Council comes under Lancashire County Council who has responsibility for:
- Children, education and families
- Health and social care
- Transport and travel
- Roads, pot holes, repairs and gritting
- Recycling centres
- Fire and public safety
- Libraries and archives
- Trading standards
- Births, marriages and deaths
For information on County Council services:
Whittingham Parish Council comes under Preston City Council who has responsibility for:
- Collection of council tax
- Bins, litter and recycling collection
- Planning applications
- Environmental health including noise and dog nuisances
- Leisure centres and play areas
- Parks and allotments
For more information on District Council Services:
Parish Councils are set up and controlled by law and can only act if there is a legal power to do so. Parish Councils are often consulted on County and District issues such as planning applications, road improvements and changes to public transport. Parish Councils can provide vital local knowledge such as flooding concerns and transport and access problems.
Parish Councils are being encouraged to deliver more services and can also support local community groups and provide community activities. They also ensure that the principle authorities are aware of local concerns such as problems with potholes, highway visibility, litter and dog fouling.