Croxley Green Parish Council was formed in 1986 and is the first tier of Local Government and is an autonomous elected body with discretionary powers and duties laid down by Parliament to represent the community and to provide services for it.
The Parish Council area, which is situation within the boundaries of Three Rivers District Council (TRDC), is split into two wards from which Councillors (Members) are elected by the residents of Croxley Green. The two wards are:
• Dickinsons Ward (8 Members) – electorate 5,238 (May 2015);
• Durrants Ward (8 Members) – electorate 5,116 (May 2015);
making a total of 16 Councillors in all. It should be noted that the ward boundaries for Croxley Green to form Dickinsons Ward and Durrants Ward were changed at the District Council elections in May 2014 and changed at the Parish Council elections in May 2015.
The Parish Council has a full time staff of 4 people – The Clerk (David Allison), an Administrative Assistant (Ryan Bennett), and two Rangers (Philip Hinton, Senior Ranger and James Townley, Ranger). Details of where we are and office opening times can be found under Contact Us.
The Council raises its money to perform its functions through taxation, the Precept, from the residents of Croxley Green. This Precept is collected for the Parish Council by TRDC each year via TRDC's general taxation demand to residents and passed to the Parish Council in two half year payments – one in April and the other in September.
The Council each year considers its budget requirement, usually between November to January of the successive year, to perform the services it undertakes on behalf of the residents and taking into account any income that may be forthcoming this determines the Precept. It is to be noted that the Council's Budget may differ from the Precept as the budget takes account of any other income that the Council derives from other sources.
The Parish Council’s Budget for 2017/18 is £292,560 with a Precept of £286,944.
Where the Parish Council does not have specific powers to enable them to develop their role the Local Government Act 1972, Section 137, provides the Parish with the power to spend a limited amount on activities for which it has no specific power, but which the Council considers 'will bring direct benefit to the area, or any part of it or all or some of its inhabitants.' The Local Government and Housing Act 1989 added the requirement that the benefit obtained should be commensurate with the expenditure incurred. The amount that can be spent on S137 activity each year is set by Government and for the financial year 1 April 2017 – 31 March 2018 is £7.57 per person on the full electoral role.
Under the S137 provision the Council may, upon application, consider the merits of a Grant which would benefit the community in whole or in part. An application form for an Grant can be found by following the highlighted link or by going to our Forms area on our Home Page of our web site. It is emphasised that the Council makes a budget provision for any potential grant expenditure that may arise in the budget year, so funding may be limited to within that budget although this is entirely at the discretion of the Council subject to meeting the requirements.
The Council's Mission Statement is:
"The Parish Council is committed to promoting pride in Croxley Green by focusing on its people, community ideals, environment and the economy” - ‘Keeping Croxley Special’
The Council's Objectives are:
- To encourage residents to express their views, aspirations, expectations and concerns about Croxley Green;
- To facilitate taking forward residents ideas in partnership with others as appropriate;
- To provide a professional, economic and effective service;
- To enable, assist and encourage other local organisations and agencies to provide, develop and extend their services;
- To encourage local businesses;
- To promote and represent the best interests of Croxley Green;
- To encourage the provision of recreational facilities within Croxley;
- To enhance the use of the natural environment available within the Parish.