Our Parish Council is a non-party political body which prides itself on focusing on the needs of the community without fear or favour.
The Council meets every six weeks throughout the year. While most of the meetings are staged at West Lane Baptist Church in Haworth, we hold both main council meetings and committee meetings in both Cross Roads and Stanbury on a regular basis.
The Council has important sub-committees who look after specific areas of Council activity including Finance and Overview and Planning while there are also other working groups who suggest policies and make recommendations to the main Council.
The Planning Committee meets every three weeks. It is a statutory body and, while it doesn’t possess any planning powers, it is an advisory body to the Bradford Council Planning Department and Planning Committee.
The Finance and Overview Committee must meet four times a year but often convenes more often. It considers in detail the Council’s financial health and planning and makes recommendations for spending to the Council.
There are eleven elected or co-opted Councillors and we have two part time staff: a clerk and a road lengthsman for the Stanbury area.
During 2009 the Council have achieved Quality Council Status. This is a Government led scheme which Parish and Town Councils throughout the land apply when their performance is measured and checked against a set of strict criteria. If the Council is judged to meet those high standards they are awarded ‘Quality Council Status’ This is something that has to be renewed every three years and assures that Councils like ours aspire to reach the highest levels of performance and delivery.
Our Council helps provide ‘seed’ capital for local groups who want to extend their reach or start new activities for the benefit of the community as well as supporting groups who want to establish themselves within our parish.