There are fifteen Thorne and Moorends Councillors who are elected representatives of our town, there are nine for Thorne and six for Moorends. Each councillor has many functions and responsibilities in the council. Councillors are not paid and receive no income, so all work done on our residents behalf is completely voluntary.
We work within strict guidelines which are set by Government Statute, but we are often free to deem what is in the best interests of our Parish and act on it.
We often cooperate with Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council to fight for our rights, eg. the improvement of the highway network, better lighting etc.
Unfortunately, our direct control over many issues is limited as Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council is responsible for such things as Housing, Highways, Education, Planning decisions etc. However, as a separate body representing almost 20,000 people, we do act as a pressure group on Statutory Bodies. We are not under the influence of D.M.B.C although they do have to consult us on some matters concerning the Parishes.
We can employ solicitors, barristers or other professionals to advise on cases on behalf of the Community
Our Council historic heritage includes being a Burial Authority and having a Market Charter.
To support its services, the Town council raises funds through a precept. The Precept is calculated by estimating our income from Market tolls, Burial charges, fees from user groups, grants etc. Then estimating our historic expenditure, adding planned capital expenditure, taking one from the other, leaving a figure that is required to be levied by a precept, to maintain the services we provide. The precept is a small proportion of your Council Tax.
As precept payers, we are all shareholders in a Town Council that owns many "public buildings" and 100's of acres of land. The Council provides many local facilities which are separate from those of D.M.B.C The Council is grateful for the assistance given by a dedicated team of volunteers and self help groups.
Thorne, 11 miles northeast of Doncaster, boasts a wealth of attractions for visitors. Access is easy with the M18 / M180 motorways nearby, two railway stations and the Sheffield and South Yorkshire Navigation canal running through the Town.The present day landscape reflects the work of Dutchman Cornelius Vermuyden who transformed thousands of acres of marshes into valuable farmland during the mid 17th Century. Thorne has been called Little Holland, with its flat landscape, big skies, canals and (disused) windmills.