Maryport Town Council is a small local authority consisting of 17 elected Councillors who are elected every four years.
The councillors are all unpaid volunteers who operate on a non-party political basis. The council employs a Town Clerk to carry out administrative duties and provide a contact person for the public, through the Council offices, which are located in the Town Hall on Senhouse Street.
The town council has a number of formal duties, defined by various acts of parliament including the Local Government Act (1972) and various Public Health acts. In practice, the Town council looks after many things in Maryport that improve the facilities and environment for its residents and businesses. Maryport Town Council has a wide range of duties and responsibilities, many of them regarding the general upkeep of the town's amenities and the representation of the town and its residents at higher levels of local government.
Town and Parish Councils are the closest level of Local Government to the people and as such can involve themselves to a greater level with the community as a whole than higher tiers in the Local Government structure. Parish or Town Councillor are better placed to listen to and understand the views of people in their community. Many public bodies and organisations acknowledge this is the hardest information for them to capture and they in turn use the skills and local knowledge of the parish or town council for advice to assist and inform their services.
The Council and Counselors are bound by the following codes, regulations and orders.
- Maryport Town Council Code of Conduct
- Maryport Town Council Financial Regulations
- Maryport Town Council Standing Orders
The council is responsible for providing and maintaining allotments in the following locations: Church Street, Maryport Gavel Street, Maryport Sandy Lonning, Maryport Flimby If you are interested in registering for an allotment you can download the Allotment Application from the council's website, also the Allotment Tenancy Agreement can be viewed Here.
The council is responsible for the provision and maintenance of bus shelters.
The council is responsible for the provision and maintenance of coke oven amenity sites.
Statues & Memorials
The council is responsible for the provision and maintenance of the Fishy Tales Statue in Shipping Brow, Maryport.
The council is responsible for the provision and maintenance of the Christmas Lights in Maryport.
The council provides financial support for environmental improvements to areas within the council boundaries.
Grants & Donations
The council provides annual financial support for a number of organizations, including the Festival Group and Maryport Harbour.It also offers financial support for the promotion of Maryport as well as for the Parcs Scheme. In addition to this the council offers ad-hoc support for other worthy organizations.
The council is responsible for the organization and smooth running of the annual Remembrance Day commemoration.
The council offers Mayoral attendance and support for organizations and events across the council area.