This page gives you details of the levels of government affecting Oakthorpe, Donisthorpe and Acresford from the lowest level, the Parish Council, up to the national (MP) and European (MEP) levels. Links to other relevant web pages describe the responsibilities of each council so you can work out who to contact about a particular issue.
Each level of government has officers and workers (civil servants) who are paid to do the work of the council, and elected local representatives (the Councillors and members of parliament) who represent the interests of the people who live in their area. You should contact the council officers/workers for general questions or advice, to put in planning applications etc. If you have a complaint or wish to make your views about council services known, then you should contact your elected representative.
Your parish Councillors are elected every four years, if required. There is no election if the number of nominees does not exceed the number of Councillors required. The Oakthorpe, Donisthorpe & Acresford Parish Council consists of eight (8) Councillors elected to the unpaid voluntary position and give their time freely to our three (3) communities.
The Clerk of the Parish Council is not elected. This position is equivalent of an officer in local government and is a paid, part-time position. The clerk prepares agendas and takes minutes of meetings, undertakes administrative and clerical duties on behalf of the Councillors, and is trained to provide advice and guidance on certain issues such as legal requirements and responsibilities of the Parish Council.
Your district council is North West Leicestershire and your representative on the Council is District Councillor Mr Robert Ashman.
The district council is responsible for most planning applications, rubbish and recycling collections, council-owned housing, collecting council tax, and many other local services. Their web site is www.nwleics.gov.uk
Your county council is Leicestershire and your representative on the county council is County Councillor Mr Sean Sheahan.
The county council's responsibilities include schools, libraries, public transport (except rail and other long distance travel), roads and social care services (nursing homes, home care etc). Their web site is www.leics.gov.uk
Member of Parliament
Our Member of Parliament is Andrew Bridgen, first elected in May 2010. You can track Andrew's appearances in the House on TheyWorkForYou.com. He made his maiden speech on 3rd June 2010
Members of European Parliament
For EU purposes, Oakthorpe, Donisthorpe and Acresford fall in the East Midlands region which is represented in the European Parliament by five MEPs, elected by proportional representation. Find out more
What do ODA do?
The main activities of Oakthorpe, Donisthorpe & Acresford Parish Council include:
Setting the annual precept (local rate) to cover the Council's running costs including expenditure on staff, administration, buildings, public lighting, amenity areas, grants and capital projects. Annual production of accounts for public accountability.
Liaison with the local police and Neighbourhood Watch on crime, security and traffic issues.
Scrutiny and comment on planning applications within the parish, submitted to the local planning authority.
Initiation of capital projects to improve the environment, appearance and amenities within the village such as planters, play equipment, lighting/floodlighting, conservation and restoration work.
Maintenance, repairs and improvements to parish facilities including recreational areas, public spaces and buildings.
Liaison with other local authorities on the maintenance, repair and improvement of highways, drainage, footpaths, cycleways, public transport, street cleaning, conservation matters including trees and listed buildings, and environmental issues such as waste recycling.
Support of local arts, sports, youth groups and societies, including grants where appropriate.
Investigation and resolution of local problems and complaints received from the community.
NWLDC Electoral Services
The Electoral Services team is responsible for compiling the Register of Electors each year - and for organising all elections taking place in the district - including Leicestershire County Council, Police & Crime Commissioner, Parliamentary and European Elections.
Their main duties are: