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Culmington Parish Council is a member of the Craven Arms and Rural District L.J.C.

Local Joint Committees (L.J.C.) enable parish councils across Shropshire to get more involved in the decision making of the Shropshire Council.

There are 28 separate Local Joint Committees covering the whole of Shropshire Council. Each committee meets four times a year to raise issues of concern about services or problems within their communities.

Local Joint Committees are legally constituted, decision-making committees and comprise of Shropshire County councillors together with representatives from each of the town and parish councils within the area.

For Information, Agendas and Minutes relating to the Craven Arms and Rural District L.J.C. of which Culmington Parish is a member click here.


What do the Local Joint Committees do?

They act as a decision maker with regard to the local delivery of a range of services. They are able to determine expenditure of a delegated budget and to prioritise resource allocation in their area.

Local Joint Committees are able to scrutinise local service delivery and to call Shropshire Council's leading members or senior managers to attend meetings and explain decisions affecting their locality. They are also able to hold other public service providers to account and to refer matters of concern about service delivery to the council's scrutiny panels.

The committees act as the formal consultation mechanism for Shropshire Council, over and above that provided by local parish and town councils.


How do the meetings work?

Local Joint Committees allow parishes to:

  • Get involved with democracy at a local level.
  • Meet with and talk to local Shrewsbury councillors and get them to explain their decisions and report back on progress.
  • Influence ways in which money can be spent in the community.


Each committee will give local people the opportunity to:

  • Get items which are important to them on the agenda
  • Discuss local issues and get information from other public organisations such as the police or primary care trust
  • See local decisions taken in an open and transparent way


Funding through the Local Joint Committee

Each Local Joint Committee has funding to support community activities within their area. In the case of the L.J.C. to which Culmington belongs  the committee's funding available for the current financial year (2009/10) is £30,000 provided by Shropshire County Council.

To view how much, and how it has been spent so far, click here and scroll down the page until you find LJC "Craven Arms and Rural" - it was number 24 at the last update.

If you can think of a need this funding might help out with email our parish clerk.


Our LJC is made up from the 14 parishes shown below:

It covers an area of about 22,000 hectares (in English, about 54,000 acres) and has approximately 6,600 people in it.

Your parish council is also a member of other associations.  Click here to find out which.