What does Rossendale Borough Council do?
Rossendale Borough Council is broadly responsible for the following services:
- Refuse collection
- Neighbourhood services i.e. grass cutting, litter picking, etc
- Council tax
- Elections and voting
- Housing (via Greenvale Homes)
- Property Services
- Licensing issues
- Planning and Development Control
- Building Control
- Enforcement issues
- Facilities and maintenance
So how do things get done?
Rossendale Borough Council has 36 elected members, or Councillors, who serve for a term of 4 years (or longer if they are re-elected). If a Councillor resigns during their 4 year term, then a By-Election is called. It is the job of a Councillor to agree policies, make decisions and monitor how the Council's money is spent. The Council employs Officers (staff) who are responsible for the day-to-day management of the Council.
The Local Councillor represents a constituency (known as a Ward) and is there to represent the views and opinions of local people. It is also their responsibility to assist those with difficulties which the Council could help solve. To do this, they have regular contact with the general public through Council meetings, telephone calls or surgeries. Surgeries provide an opportunity for any ward resident to go and talk to their Councillor face to face and many Councillors hold these on a regular basis. Details of Councillors Surgeries are published in the Councillors and Democracy section and are also advertised in the Rossendale Free Press. (Please note that during the run up to local elections, surgeries will only be held in wards where there is no election).
Councillors are not paid a salary for their work, but they do receive an allowance. This allowance is reviewed by an Independent Remuneration Panel.
Most of the major decisions made by the Council are made at committee meetings. The major meetings are:
- Annual Council and Mayor-Making
- Full Council
- The Cabinet
- Development Control Committee
- Licensing Committee
- Accounts Committee
- Audit Committee
- Policy Scrutiny Committee
- Performance Scrutiny Committee
- Standards Committee
Smaller 'Working Groups' are also formed to deal with the smaller issues. These can include:
- Member Development Working Group
- Governance Working Group
- Grants Advisory Group
- Whitworth Town Council Liaison Meetings
- Markets Liaison Group