Parish Councils form the first level of local government and they consist of local councillors who volunteer their time to serve their local community.
Cawood Parish Council comprises 9 councillors who can be elected (every 4 years) or co-opted. All are unpaid volunteers. 2019 was an election year.
Members share responsibility for all aspects of the council’s work.
We meet on the third Thursday of every month in normal times at the Old Boys’ School at 7:30 p.m. Currently our monthly meetings are held virtually, but members of the public are still welcome to attend. Our agendas give further information.
Agendas are posted at least 3 days in advance of the meetings on the website and in our noticeboard outside the Pickled Postie.
During the Covid 19 pandemic we also hold virtual conference calls between meetings.
Mrs Robina Burton stepped down in October as Clerk and Responsible Financial Officer after 30 years’ service to the village and Parish Council. We send her our Congratulations on reaching such a landmark and our heartfelt thanks for her dedication, as well as very best wishes for a happy, healthy and well deserved rest.
We are delighted to announce the appointment of Susanna Gowlett as her replacement. Susie lives in the village and we are sure she will be a great asset to the Parish Council. She joined us on January 4th 2021, working 8 hours a week. We are all very much looking forward to welcoming her to our team.
Mr Martin Bates works tirelessly for the P.C. as Village Handyman, being employed for 20 hours per week. He is also contracted for grass cutting on a self employed basis.
We receive an annual precept from our share of council tax collected.
A large proportion of our budget is spent maintaining our beautiful village, including grass and hedge cutting and encouraging dog owners to behave responsibly by the provision of bio-degradable dog waste bags and numerous bins.
Some land within Cawood is under the ownership of the Parish Council, on behalf of the village. The main sites are the Garth, Playing Fields and Cemetery. Other areas are the Cemetery access road, the area of riverbank from Old Road to Water Row, Gill Green and the land at the roundabout on the junction of Broad Lane and Wistowgate.
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The upkeep of the cemetery, subsidising the weekend bus service and responding to local planning applications are also within our remit.
The Parish Council annually sets aside some funding to be made available in the form of grants to local organisations whose applications fulfill specific criteria.