Hightown Parish Council was established in 2000 and consists of seven voluntary Parish Councillors who are elected for a four year term of office. The councillors serve and administer the needs of the residents of Hightown Village. We are supported by a paid part time Clerk (Mrs Joan Croasdell) who is also the Responsible Finance Officer (RFO)and who implements policy decisions.
The Parish Council is financed by raising a precept or levy on all residential properties in the Parish of Hightown Village. We also look to apply for grant funding to provide extra financing for village activities or services.
All Parish Councillors share responsibility for the financial management of the parish council but they are administered by the RFO who attends all meetings.
When do we meet?
The Parish Council normally meets bi-monthly on a Monday at 7.45 pm, at St Stephen’s Church Hall in Hightown. View a full schedule of meeting dates under the Events Calendar.
A notice of every meeting is displayed on the Parish Council notice board situated by the village Post Office. Agendas and minutes of meetings are held on this website and can be accessed under the Minutes link.
Except for certain confidential matters, Parish Council meetings are open to the public. Hightown residents can petition the Council at the start of every meeting where we have a public forum; residents have the opportunity to ask questions and raise any issues for the Councils attention; notice is not required but it is useful to let the Clerk know in advance so that all relevant information can be made available to petitioners. Contact Joan Croasdell by email (firstname.lastname@example.org ), or use the Parish Council email address ( email@example.com ).
The best way to find out about Hightown Parish Council is to come along to a meeting, and speak to one of our councillors.
As the Responsible Financial Officer (RFO), Joan is responsible for maintaining the recording of expenditure and income of the Parish Council. This includes the raising of orders and arranging cheque payments approved by the Council. This also includes ensuring financial transactions comply with Financial Regulations.
At the end of each financial year the RFO is responsible for preparing an Annual Return of income and expenditure.
The accounting records of the Parish Council are subject to both an internal audit by a person not connected with the Parish and also an external audit undertaken by a professional accounting practice.
The best way to find out about the Parish Council is to come along to a meeting, and speak to one of our councillors. If you want to play a more active role in the work of the Parish Council, you can also contact the Clerk.
Hightown Parish Council is also a member of the Sefton Area Partnership of Local Councils, a committee made up from 10 member Parish and Town Councils (more commonly referred to as ‘The 10 Parishes’). The other members comprise Aintree Village, Formby, Ince Blundell, Little Altcar, Lydiate, Maghull (Town) Council, Melling, Sefton and Thornton. The Partnership meets bi-monthly to discuss issues concerning the parishes in which we live.