WELCOME TO BLACKTOFT PARISH COUNCIL
Parish Council meetings are normally held every 3rd Monday of the month (there is no meeting in August), and are open to the public and press. Please check the meeting notifications page to confirm meeting dates.
Blacktoft is a village and civil parish in the East Riding of Yorkshire. The village is situated on the north bank of the River Ouse, 1 mile (1.6 km) west from where it joins the River Trent and becomes the Humber.
The civil parish of Blacktoft consists of the village of Blacktoft, Bellasize, Faxfleet and Yokefleet. According to the 2011 UK Census the parish had a population of 322.
What is a Parish Council?
Parish councils are the lowest tier of government in England. They are no longer anything to do with the church, although they were in times past. The parish council is responsible for a parish, a small area normally enclosing one community. If the community is sufficiently large the council may be called a town council, rather than a parish council but its responsibilities and powers are identical.
Town and Parish Councils are an essential part of the structure of local democracy and have a vital role in acting on behalf of the communities they represent. They have a wide range of powers which essentially relate of local matters such as looking after community buildings, open space, allotments, play areas, street lighting, bus shelters, car parks and much more. They also:
give views, on behalf of the community, on planning applications and other proposals that affect the parish;
undertake projects and schemes that benefit local residents;
work in partnership with other bodies to achieve benefits for the parish;
alert relevant authorities to problems that arise or work that needs to be undertaken;
help the other tiers of local government keep in touch with their local communities.