Who Are We
What is a Town, Parish or Community Council?
Parish, Town and Community Councils in England and Wales are the first tier of Local Government. They deliver a vast range of services at a community level.
There are around 10,000 Parish, Town and Community Councils, made up of nearly 100,000 Councillors. These first-tier councils can respond to the needs of the Community – delivering the services or representation it most needs.
At present, but not in all locations in England and Wales, there is a three-tiered structure of local government. Milton Keynes is a 2 tier structure as it is a Unitary Authority.
Parish/Town/Community Council -> District/Borough Council
Milton Keynes is quite unique in as much as it is fully parished (45 Parishes)
Powers and duties
Parish and Town Councils have a large range of powers, and the activities parish and town councils are involved in are immense. Many parish and town councils are involved in planning, promoting tourism, licensing, community halls, representation, management of town and village centres and providing community halls.
Woughton Community Council
Woughton Community Council is based in the very heart of the Parish area at the local centre in Coffee Hall. Our Parish has a thriving community working together to make Woughton a better place.
Woughton Community Council currently employs 34 members of staff.
- 9 Office/Community Staff (including 4 service staff and 3 advice staff)
- 5 Members of the Landscaping Team
- 12 Members of the Youth Team
- 8 Caretakers for our Community Centres
Woughton Parish is situated in the south of the city. The parish area takes in 7 housing estates and 2 industrial estates.
- Bleak Hall (non residential)
- Coffee Hall
- Peartree Bridge
- Redmoor (non residential)
- Tinkers Bridge
There are 5,241 houses with a population of around 12,300.
The area has a mixture of social housing, owner occupier and houses in multiple occupation (HiMO). The housing design within the area is varied and includes:
Single person flats
1 bedroom bungalows
2 and 3 storey houses
2 and 3 bedroom bungalows
Materials used for construction in the Parish area vary from timber framed housing to traditional brick built homes.
There are 150 businesses based within the parish area.
Local shops based at local centres on most estates
Industrial estate (Bleak Hall and Redmoor)
Milton Keynes General Hospital which is one of the largest employers within Milton Keynes.
Woughton Community Council own or hold the lease for 4 Community Centres:
- Coffee Hall Centre
- Eaglestone Centre
- Netherfield Centre
- Tinkers Bridge Centre
For more details on these Community Centre’s and how you can rent the hall space, visit our facilities page HERE
Frequently asked questions:
What services can it provide?
A Parish or Town Council has an overall responsibility for the wellbeing of the local community.
The work falls into three main categories:
- representing the local community
- delivering services to meet local needs
- striving to improve quality of life in the parish
How are decisions made?
The parish council is made up of a number of councillors who meet regularly to make decisions on the work and direction of the council. As an elected body, the parish council is an “it” and, through the councillors, is responsible to the people it represents – that is the local community.
Attending a council meeting is the best way to find out what it does. Have a look at the other pages on this website to see what the Parish Council has been dealing with recently.
Where does the money come from?
Each year a sum of money called a ‘precept’ is collected through your council tax. Parish/ Community Councils can also apply for grants and loans.