Laneham Parish Council

Serving the people of Laneham

Clerk: Ed Knox
24 Allison Avenue, Retford
Nottinghamshire DN22 7JS

Tel: 01777 711579

The Council

Laneham Parish Council consists of residents of both villages who are 7 voluntary Councillors serving a four year term ending in 2023 and 1 part-time member of staff.

Council Meetings are usually held on the third Monday of every month, 10 times per year, at Laneham Village Hall. See the diary of meetings for more information.

Origins - Our Council was founded in December 1894 by the Local Govt Act. The Act split the non-religious elements of the former 'Vestry Meetings' into those of Parish Council's and Parochial Church Councils. At our formation, a local person was appointed Surveyor of Highways, Roads & Drains (a Parish Employee who looked after the repair of the roads) and two people acted as 'Overseers of the Precept' whose role was to collect the precept monies to run the Council. The Overseer roles were abolished in 1927 when Precept collection duties transferred to the District Council, the Surveyor role was abolished in 1952 when County Councils took over the maintenance of the roads. T

The role of the Parish Council has changed over the years with ever changing legislation.

The first village hall was on Broadings Lane, a tin shed which lasted from the end of WW1 until the early 1970s when it was sold and the Parish Council bought the former village school building to make a new village hall.

Who we are & what we do

Councillors

Our councillors are elected or co-opted. They do not get paid, receive a salary or an expenses allowance, they volunteer their time for the community.

Committees

Laneham Parish Council Standing Orders

Our Staff

Ed Knox

Clerk & Responsibile Financial Officer to the Parish Council

Ed is Clerk, Proper Officer and Responsible Financial Officer of the Parish Council. He carries out all functions expected by law of such an officer and undertakes all administrative duties of the Council. The Clerk's duties include but are not limited to:

  • Ensure that the Council is run in accordance with the law and abides by statute.
  • Maintain financial records of the Council and prepare records for audit
  • Prepare the Council's Budget
  • Implement the Council's decisions
  • Submit the Precept Requirement to Bassetlaw Council
  • Monitor and Process Staff wages, PAYE and HMRC returns
  • Ensure the Council has adequate Insurance Cover.
  • Keep property/asset registers and other legal documents up-to-date
  • Work with the Chairman and other members as appropriate
  • Prepare and issue the Council Agendas
  • Produce the minutes of the meetings
  • Provide appropriate legal and practical advise to the Council members
  • Obtain quotes for tenders
  • Review rental incomes, Negotiate Leases & Contracts with the Council for its lands/tenancies
  • Receive, Study & Reply to all correspondence on behalf of the Council.
  • Deal with phone inquiries for the Council
  • Carry out proactive research for the Council suggesting ways to improve procedures or services of the parish.
  • Supervise staff and undertake tasks in connection with salaries and conditions of employment
  • Act as a representative of the Council and attend meetings
  • Liaise with the District Council and County Council on matters of concern to the Parish Council
  • Maintain contact with the local District Councillor and County Councillor
  • Prepare press releases for the Council
  • Act as a point of contact for residents within the Parish and for outside bodies.
Address
24 Allison Avenue
Retford
DN22 7JS
Telephone
01777 711579

Historic Council Documents

Below are the historic records of the Council, the originals have been sent to Nottinghamshire Archives: