Local Authorities - Who Does What?

County Councils

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
  • Flooding
  • Libraries and Archives
  • Trading Standards including scams and consumer advice.
  • Births, Marriages and Deaths

For information on County Council services:

Website: www.lancashire.gov.uk

Phone: 0300 123 6701

Email: enquiries@lancashire.gov.uk

District Councils

Whittingham Parish Council comes under Preston City Council who has responsibility for:

  • Collection of Council Tax
  • Bins, Litter and Recycling collection
  • Housing
  • Planning Applications
  • Environmental Health including noise and dog nuisances
  • Leisure Centres and Play areas
  • Parks and allotments

For more information on District Council Services:

Website: www.preston.gov.uk

Phone: 01772 906900

Email: info@preston.gov.uk

Parish Councils

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.

Whittingham Parish Council


There are 7 Whittingham Parish Councillors elected to serve the whole Whittingham area which is split into 2 wards – Lower and Higher. Councillors tend to live in the ward they represent but they are responsible for decisions affecting the whole Parish.

Councillors are elected for a maximum term of 4 years. They must be over 21, be an elector or reside / work in the parish. They are required to sign a formal declaration of office and agree to abide by a Code of Conduct – available on the documents page.

Councillors have a responsibility to listen and take an active part in meetings by suggesting ideas and engaging in constructive debate. They make collective decisions in the interests of the community. Councillors should abide by the majority decision and may not make a decision or act individually on behalf of the Council.

Councils must appoint a Proper Officer and a Responsible Financial Officer (Clerk) to discharge its functions.


The Clerk is an independent, professional officer employed by the Council. He is answerable to the Council as a whole and cannot act on the instructions of individual Councillors. The Council may delegate powers and functions to the Clerk and these are specified in Standing Orders.

The Clerk manages Parish Council business, implements Council decisions, undertakes research, produces reports and provides independent, objective and professional advice. He is responsible for administration and communication with the public and helps increase the awareness of the Council by producing Newsletters and managing Websites.

In Whittingham, the Clerk is also the responsible financial officer providing financial management information by completing budgets and precepts for approval, processing accounts & payments and dealing with audit arrangements.

Millennium Garden

The Parish Council maintains a small plot of land off Beacon Drive for the benefit of the community. A Christmas tree is erected each year and plans are underway to unveil a stone to commemorate the centenary of World War 1.

Contact Us

If your query is in relation to a booking for Goosnargh Village Hall, please ring Preston 01772 865157.