The purpose of Warlingham Parish Council is to help make Warlingham a better place to live in. More specifically, there are five areas which the Parish Council aims to help improve. These are :
Economy. A vibrant and successful town or village will have numerous facilities for residents and visitors to use. The Parish Council tries to protect and add to these facilities.
Safety. High on most surveys of concerns is the fear of crime, although in fact crime is lower here than in most other areas. Nevertheless, the Parish Council has a duty in law to consider how crime can be reduced locally.
Community. A sense of community is generally felt to be in everyone's interests. The Parish Council tries to identify how the community can be strengthened.
Environment. What sort of place is Warlingham? What impression do people have when they visit the area? The Parish Council looks for ways to ensure this impression is a positive one.
Public Transport. An efficient, environmentally friendly, convenient and cost effective train and bus services linking Warlingham to other centres and locations of interest to the residents.
What it costs you
The Parish Council is funded by a precept which is collected as part of your overall council tax. Tandridge collects all council tax on behalf of Surrey County Council, Surrey Police and Crime Commissioner and the Parish Council. In 2016/17, Tandridge District Council will keep just under 11.7% (£198.62 – £5 more than in 2015/16) of a band D property charge and give Surrey County Council 74.5% (£1,268.28), Surrey Police & Crime Commissioner 12.9% (£220.19) and Warlingham Parish Council 0.9% (£14.74 – the same as in 2015/16 at just over 28 pence per week). Warlingham Parish Council’s precept of £14.74 for a Band D property is the 4th lowest of the 21 Parish Councils funded by a precept in Tandridge.
General Power of Competence
At its meeting held on 1 October 2014 Warlingham Parish Council resolved that having met the conditions of eligibility of at least two thirds of the Council elected and that the Clerk has the recognised qualification of CiLCA (Certificate in Local Council Administration) General Power of Competence module, to adopt the General Power of Competence.
The General Power of Competence is based on providing eligible local councils the power to do anything that a person may do as long as they are not breaking any laws. The power is intended to be a power of first, not last resort. The GPC is found in the Localism Act 2011, chapter 1 part 1, sections 1-8.