What is a Parish Council
As with other Parish Councils, Winteringham Parish Council fits within the UK's overall democratic process and operates as the lowest tier of local government within England & Wales. Parish Councils were established by statute in 1894 and if you wish to examine the history and further details about their powers and responsibilities then a summary of this information is available on the ERNLLCA web site, a fuller explanation may also be obtained from the Local Government Association web site as detailed below.
The Council consists of residents who live within the village or its surrounding area, these members may either have been elected by other residents or be co-opted to the Council if they have expressed an interest in providing their services to the community when a vacancy arises. The Council has limited powers but does provide a focal point for local residents to care for the area in which they live. In essence, the council tries to maintain the village in good order both physically and by promoting the social life of the community. The Council liaises with North Lincolnshire Council about items within their competence such as faulty street lights, repair of potholes and ensures that community facilities such as the playing field and parish paths are cared for. The Council also provides a local input on planning matters and coordinates its activities with other agencies and interested parties such as community groups, local enterprises, etc. on issues such as flood protection measures.
Winteringham is a pretty Lincolnshire village and the Council does wish to encourage tourism including activities such as exploring the parish via Winteringham walks through the parish paths. Recently, a Council sub-committee has been established to examine improvements that may be made to the pathways, explore whether bridleways may be created (currently, the parish has no bridleways) develop these and other facilities for the parish. Currently, we have applied for funding to establish a 'places of interest' walking heritage trail for the village, this will be named the Marmion trail after Sir John Marmion who was Baron of Winteringham in 1317 - The village celebrated the granting of the Winteringham Charter by King Edward II during the recent 700th. Anniversary year of 2017. The trail will be supported by a mobile phone App that visitors and residents will be free to download and use in their walks around the parish. If residents wish for their property to be designated as a 'place of interest then please 'Contact Us' about this. Similarly, if you have encountered any issues (i.e. Paths that need repairs, missing signage, etc) when walking the pathways then please keep us informed about this - any photographs you take and send to us would be extremely useful.
The Council supports the social life of the village by encouraging events held at the Village Hall, All Saints Church or Methodist Chapel and, of course, promoting the Winteringham Newsletter and Festival.
The day to day operation of the Council's business is undertaken by the Parish Clerk whose details are show under this site's 'Your Councillors' section, to contact the Council please complete and submit the form provided under our 'Contact Us' page.
The Council usually meets on the first Tuesday of the month in the Tom Thrush room of the Village Hall at 7.30pm. prompt and the public may ask questions of the Councillors from 7.15pm until the formal meeting starts. Everybody is welcome to attend the Council's meetings.