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The three tiers of local government – the parish council, the district council, South Northamptonshire Council, and the county council, Northamptonshire County Council – can (and in some cases must) deliver a range of public services. This page provides basic listings for the services provided by each tier.

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What King’s Sutton Parish Council Does

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  • Access to local information – The parish council provides information on local matters to village residents via its notice boards; a quarterly newsletter (King’s Sutton Times) delivered to each home in the village; the village website; and its social media channels (Facebook and Twitter.) The newsletter and online facilities are separately managed and maintain editorial independence. Their content does not necessarily reflect the council’s views.
  • Allotments – The parish council does not own any allotments. However, some allotments are rented out by the Baptist Church. (Contact Malcolm Hendley on 01295 810570 for details.)
  • Bridleways – Northamptonshire County Council maintains bridleways. However, the Parish Council appoints a volunteer Rights of Way Warden who monitors the parish bridleways and liaises with the county council as and when issues arise.
  • Burials (see Cemetery)
  • Bus Stops and Shelters – The parish council is responsible for the maintenance of the bus shelters in Astrop Road and Banbury Lane. The location of bus stops is determined by the county council.
  • Cemetery – The parish council manages the village cemetery and and arranges the sale of plots within it. (Contact the Parish Clerk for details.)
  • Community Grants – The parish council has discretion to make small awards for local community projects. Community funding is also available from other local authorities. (Contact the Parish Clerk for details.)
  • Dog Litter Bins – The parish council manages the provision of dog litter bins, and the collection and disposal of waste from them.
  • Footway Lighting – The parish council manages the provision of lighting for footways within King’s Sutton.
  • Footpaths (Rights of Way) – Northamptonshire County Council maintains public footpaths. However, the Parish Council appoints a volunteer Rights of Way Warden who monitors the parish footpaths and liaises with the county council as and when issues arise.
  • Grass Cutting of Public Green Spaces and Verges in the Village – The parish council manages grass-cutting on its own land within the village boundaries and has discretion to do the same for other landowners such as South Northants Homes.
  • Litter – The parish council manages litter-picking on its own land and may occasionally organise voluntary litter-picks thoughout the village.
  • Litter Bins – The parish council manages the provision of the yellow bins in the village and the collection of waste from them. (The black bins are the responsibility of South Northamptonshire Council.)
  • Millennium Memorial Hall – The village hall is owned and managed by a charitable trust. (The parish council usually has a representative on its management committee.)
  • Planning Applications – The parish council is a statutory consultee in planning matters. South Northamptonshire Council is the local planning authority (ie, the decision-maker) other than for waste and minerals, which are the responsibility of the county council.
  • Playgrounds – The parish council manages the provision and maintenance of play equipment on its land.
  • Recreation Ground, Village Green and Other Open Spaces – With the exception of the Playing Fields, the parish council owns and manages the land made available in the village for public enjoyment. (The Playing Fields are owned and managed by a charitable trust. The parish council usually has a representative on its management committee.)
  • Trees/Woodlands – The parish council is responsible for the management of trees on its own land. (The Planning Committee can also comment on proposals affecting any trees in the parish subject to Tree Preservation Orders.)
  • Verge Maintenance (see Grass Cutting)
  • Village Hall (See Millennium Memorial Hall)
  • War Memorial – The parish council is responsible for the maintenance of the parish war memorial, which is located on Highway land just outside the Church of SS Peter and Paul in The Square, King’s Sutton.
  • Young People's Activities – The parish council has discretion to make small awards for organised young people’s activities. (Youth services are usually led and organised by the county council. South Northamptonshire Council may also make some provision for children’s activities during school holidays.)

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South Northamptonshire Council’s Services

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  • Abandoned Vehicles
  • Animal Fouling
  • Asbestos
  • Bereavement Counselling
  • Blocked Drains and Sewers
  • Building Control Services
  • Civic Amenity Sites
  • Clinical Waste Disposal
  • Community Grants (also available from other local authorities)
  • Community Transport
  • Conservation Areas
  • Council Garage Hire (South Northants Homes)
  • Council Housing Repairs (South Northants Homes)
  • Council Tax
  • Council Tax Benefit
  • Dangerous Structures
  • Decision Notices (Planning)
  • Demolition (Buildings)
  • Disposal of Dead Animals
  • Dog Fouling
  • Dog Warden Schemes
  • Dumped Rubbish
  • Dumped Vehicles
  • Dustbin Collection
  • Electoral Registration
  • Fly Posting
  • Flytipping
  • Fouling (Animals)
  • Garden Maintenance
  • Graffiti Removal
  • Hazardous Waste Disposal
  • Home Care Support
  • Homelessness
  • Household Waste Collection
  • Household Waste Disposal
  • Housing Allocation
  • Housing Benefit
  • Housing Exchanges and Transfers (South Northants Homes)
  • Housing Grants
  • Liquor Licences
  • Noise
  • Pests and Pest Control
  • Planning Application Decisions
  • Proxy Voting
  • Recycling (Waste)
  • Recycling Collection Schemes
  • Recycling Sites
  • Refuse Tips
  • Register of Electors
  • Register Offices
  • Right to Buy Your Home
  • Road Cleaning
  • Rubbish Dumps
  • School Holiday Play Schemes
  • Street Cleaning
  • Tips (Waste)
  • Tree Preservation
  • Unauthorised Occupation (Housing)
  • Vandalism

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Northamptonshire County Council’s Services

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  • Accident Prevention
  • Adapting Homes for the Disabled
  • Adoption
  • Allowances (Welfare Benefits)
  • County Archives
  • Attendance at and Truancy from School
  • Benefits Advice
  • Blue Badge Scheme
  • Bus Passes
  • Care Assessment
  • Chaperone Services for Schoolchildren
  • Child Care
  • Citizenship
  • Community Grants (also available from other local authorities)
  • Community Safety
  • Complaints About Schools
  • Complaints Procedure (Local Government)
  • Concessionary Fares
  • Day Care Centres
  • Disabled Badges (Parking)
  • Dropped Kerbs
  • Education Benefits
  • Emergency Planning
  • Emergency Situations – Weather
  • Entertainment Licences
  • Family History Archives
  • Family Information Services
  • Family Support
  • Fire and Rescue Service
  • Fostering
  • Free School Meals
  • Gritting (Roads and Paths)
  • Highways
  • Home Education
  • Interpreting
  • Libraries
  • Local History Archives
  • Meals on Wheels
  • Mobile Libraries
  • Nursery Schools
  • Orange Badges (Parking)
  • Pavements
  • Pedestrian Crossings
  • Primary Schools
  • Public Transport
  • Respite Care
  • Road and Pathway Maintenance
  • Road Gritting
  • Road Safety and Road Safety Education
  • Road Signs
  • Road Spillage Treatment
  • Roads and Highways Salting and Gritting
  • School Admissions
  • School Bus Support
  • School Term Dates
  • School Transport
  • Secondary Schools
  • Sheltered Housing
  • Skip Licences
  • Snow Clearance
  • Social and Support Groups
  • Social Benefits
  • Special Educational Needs and Additional Support
  • Speed Limits
  • Street Lighting
  • Street Parties Permission
  • Student Grants
  • Studies and Qualifications (Post-16)
  • Traffic Lights
  • Truancy
  • Voluntary Organisations
  • Welfare Benefits
  • Winter Road Maintenance
  • Zebra Crossings

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Call the Parish Clerk on 01295 816905 (or use the email link below) for more information.

Click here to contact the Parish Clerk by email.

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