Anderton Parish Council
The Parish Council consists of six councillors and a parish clerk. Councillors must stand for re-election every four years and from time to time vacancies for new councillors occur. The operation of the Parish Council is governed by a number of directives and initiatives emanating from central government, the county authority (Lancashire County Council) and the borough authority (Chorley Council). These cover a wide range of strategies and policies for which the council must consider its response in relation to how they may be implemented within Anderton or how the formation of the policies affecting our area can be influenced.
In addition, the Parish Council ensures representation of the interests of the parish by its involvement with other local government bodies and attendance at events specifically convened to address particular topics. These include parish/borough liaison meetings, neighbourhood working groups and county council conferences.
Each year the council levies a parish precept which is seen as an additional item making up the council tax bill. Anderton has maintained one of the lowest precepts within Chorley borough. The council uses this money in four basic ways; to fund its administration, to pay for services (such as roadside bench/planter maintenance), to support community organisations and to fund capital projects (such as the Anderton Viewpoint).
Annually the council must undertake an audit of its accounts. Once the accounts are approved they are made available for public inspection. The council also publishes an annual newsletter that is distributed to each household within the parish. There is a parish notice board situated adjacent to the entrance to the Co-op store car park on Bolton Road. This is updated regularly with information regarding the Parish Council and other local events.
Anderton Parish Council meets on a bi-monthly basis, usually on the 4th Tuesday of alternate months. Meetings are held in the Community Centre, Railway Road, Adlington. All meetings start at 7.30 pm. An AGM is held once a year prior to the normal May meeting. The AGM starts at 7:00 pm. All parishioners and members of the public are welcome to attend any meeting and are particularly welcomed at the AGM.