Lowestoft Town Council

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About Lowestoft Town Council

Lowestoft StreetTown and parish councils are local councils just for your immediate village/town area.

They range in size from small rural parishes representing a hundred or so people, to larger town councils representing thousands of people.

 

They:

  • Are the most local level of government for an area
  • Operate at a grass‐roots level
  • Provide representation and, in some cases, provision of services to their immediate local area
  • Perform a separate and distinctly different function to the district council and county council which operate at a much wider level
  • Bring a unique set of benefits for the local area

Town and parish councils play a vital role in supporting and enhancing their community’s identity, services and quality of life. They can do this because they are based locally, operating within their local community. This means they are best placed to understand the issues within their areas and can provide a more focused and tailored response as a result.

 

 

They can make a difference by:

  • Attracting new funding for the area (for example for activities/play equipment/sports)
  • Giving local residents a stronger voice
  • Enabling more local decision-making
  • Having control over local assets and service delivery
  • Ensuring there is greater local representation
  • Having greater influence over future development in the area (including development of a ‘Neighbourhood Plan’)

As well as being able to deliver a range of key local services, town and parish councils are also able to support events and initiatives which promote community spirit and inclusiveness; award grants to community groups, sports clubs, charities or other voluntary sector organisations; invest in the town’s public spaces; recognise volunteers; and regularly ask the question “what else can we do for the local area?”