Heysham call for their own parish council

The people of Heysham are calling for their own parish council.

Tuesday, 5th July 2016, 10:00 am
Updated Thursday, 25th August 2016, 5:05 pm
Photo Neil Cross David Wilcock and Pete Whaley of Heysham Neighbourhood Council and Councillor David and Carla Brayshaw with Horace of Heysham preparing for the Viking Festival

Plans for Heysham to have an independent council are currently in place and residents may soon be asked to sign a petition calling for ‘parish’ status.

Heysham Neighbourhood Council are working with other councillors, including Morecambe Town Councillor David Brayshaw and Heysham Councillor Carla Brayshaw to make it happen.

Chairman of Heysham Neighbourhood Council Peter Whaley said: “We want the best for Heysham and this seems the right way to go.”

A parish council has the power to precept through council tax and can use the money to fundraise for the community.

A neighbourhood council, like Heysham, does not have this power. If it does become a parish council residents with the most disposal income may be asked to contribute towards a higher percentage of council tax.

Bolton-le-Sands, Carnforth, Heaton-with-Oxcliffe, Middleton and Morecambe are just some of the areas to have parish council status.