The Parish Council represents and serves the whole community and is responsible for the services it provides. Following consultation with parishioners (e.g. via the Parish Plan, Annual Parish Meeting etc.), it establishes policies for action and decides how money will be raised and spent on behalf of the community. It is responsible for spending the money raised lawfully and without risk and for achieving the best value for money.
The Parish Council is made up of 7 elected Councillors (see attachment for Councillors' details), one of whom is chosen as Chairman during the Council's Annual Meeting. The Chairman is currrently Mr Simon Cannon. It is served by the Clerk (Liz Mann), who implements its decisions and provides administrative and management support for its activities, and by the Village Handyman (Geoff Carter), who maintains the public footpaths, does the grass cutting in the churchyard and cemetery and carries out such other jobs as are deemed necessary by the Parish Council.
Notices of meetings are posted on the Parish Council Notice Board opposite the Village Hall on High Street. The notice board also displays useful public information.
The Parish Council currently provides and maintains the following:
- Willingham Cemetery (Marton Road, Willingham).
- Public seating within the Parish.
- Crib and lights in St Helen’s churchyard at Christmas.
It also maintains the public footpaths within the village on behalf of Lincolnshire County Council, as well as the grassed area outside the village hall and some of the roadside verges.
The Parish Council owns the land operated and maintained by the Playing Field Committee, and contributes to the cost of grass cutting there.
In addition the Parish Council owns the two fields at the junction of Fillingham Road and Stone Pit Lane. The grass-keeping of these fields is put out to tender each year (see menu on the left hand side of this page).