Parishes are the smallest areas of civil administration in England and provide the statutory tier of local government closest to the people.
Town and Parish Councils have a wide range of duties and powers, such as the maintenance of community buildings and land. They have the power to raise money through local council tax. Town and Parish Councils are an essential part of the structure of local democracy and have a vital role in speaking and acting on behalf of the communities they represent. They help the other tiers of local government to keep in touch with their local communities.
There are currently 32 parish councils in Carlisle District representing 32% of the district population. The relationship between Carlisle City Council and the parishes is of great importance.
Use this link for more information on Parish Councils and Parish Clerk contact details.
This is governed by a Parish Charter. Parish Councils in Cumbria are represented by the Cumbria Association of Local Councils(CALC), chair Keith Hitchen.