NORMANTON TOWN COUNCIL

Normanton is situated within the Wakefield Council area of West Yorkshire and is one of twenty-four Parish and Town councils within the Wakefield Council area. Normanton has a population of around 21,000.

Normanton has always had a strong community emphasis and this is maintained by Normanton Town Council through its many varied activities such as the annual Gala, Switch On of the Christmas Lights, Horticultural Show and Remembrance Sunday Services. Full details on these events are available from the Events page.

Normanton Town Council consists of 22 elected members. Its primary function is to assist and represent the local community on a variety of local issues and concerns.

The key aim of Normanton Town Council is "serving the local community". In undertaking this role Normanton Town Council provides two exellent community facilities. Firstly the Town Council provides allotments at seven sites totalling approximately 400 plots. This helps to promote healthy eating and the five a day scheme by encouraging families to grow their own produce. To encourage high standards in allotments maintenance the Town Council sponsors annual awards for the best kept allotments.

Secondly the Town Council administers the running of the Woodhouse Community Centre which supports local groups and organisations by providing a useful meeting place at a reasonable rate. Amongst organisations that currently use the centre is the Gemini Karate and Kick Boxing Club who have a number of British champions in their squad.

The Town Council maintains links with a whole host of local organisations and is represented on a range of community bodies. Included on the list are the following - Altofts Residents Together, Five Towns Community Renaissance, Freeston Foundation, Freeston & Sagars Almshouse Charity, Normanton Home Safety Committee, Town & Parish Councils Liason Group, VOX, Welbeck Liason Group, Yorkshire Local Councils Association, Yorkshire Rural Community Council, Sharlston Colliery Reclamation Scheme.

Supporting local organisations is a key role undertaken by the Town Council and this is done in a variety of ways including the Mayor's Charity Fund and the Town Council's Small Grants Scheme.

An important part of the Town Council's role is to monitor new developments within the Normanton Town Council area and also consider the state of the roads, footpaths and street lighting. The Town Council's Planning, Highways & Lighting Committee meets on a regular basis to consider planning applications and members of the public are always invited to attend these meetings and to contribute to the discussions that take place.

Indeed, community engagement is something that is greatly encouraged by Normanton Town Council at its meetings. Time is set aside at each Town Council meeting for members of the public to ask questions and to raise issues. In addition in an attempt to promote interest amongst young people in the work of the Town Council there is support for an annual democracy week which enables schools and youth groups to come to Normanton Town Council to hear first hand about the work of the Town Council.

This information covers just a summary of the activities of the Town Council. There is much more that the Town Council does in its persuance of "serving the local community" and this can be found elsewhere on this website.

Normanton Town Council welcomes enquiries from the public. A range of documents including the Town Council Minutes are available for inspection and on this website and the Council maintain a publication scheme under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, relating to the availability of Council documents.

Copies of documents, including the Annual Report, Minutes of the Annual Council Meeting and Annual Parish Meeting can be obtained from the website or from the Council Offices on request.